35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 14 - Chevrolet Matiz

 

The Matiz became a Chevrolet when GM took over Korean automaker Daewoo a few years ago. The model years up to 2008 suffered from significant quality control problems, but the 2009 models have been considerably redesigned and manufactured to a much higher quality standard. With the second smallest engine in the group, this is definitely a city car and any jaunts on the freeway should be kept strictly to the speed limit as the handling of the Matiz tends to get squirrely at speed.

 

The Chevrolet Matiz Hatchback 0.8 S 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $8,818.69, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 798 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 90.1 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 18.2 seconds. The performance factor of 8.9 is below average for its class. The Chevrolet Matiz Hatchback 0.8 S 5 Door returns 67.3 MPG in highway driving, 40.9 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 54.3. With a fuel tank capacity of 7.7 gallons, the car can travel 518 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 624 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Chevrolet Matiz Hatchback 0.8 S 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 77, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.

 

Chevrolet Matiz Hatchback 0.8 S 5 Door •

ACTUAL AVERAGE EUROPEAN PRICE • $11,592.10

MANUFACTURER'S EUROPEAN PRICE • $16,324.40

ESTIMATED NORTH AMERICAN PRICE • $8,818.69

SPECIFICATIONS & OUTPUT •

Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 798 / 3

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 50 / 6000

Torque (lb / ft) • 53

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3495

Overall Width (mm) • 1495

Overall Height (mm) • 1500

Front Seat Head Room (mm) • 885

Front Seat Leg Room (mm) • 1020

Rear Seat Head Room (mm) • 885

Rear Seat Knee Room (mm) • 650

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 170

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 845

Turning Radius (m) • 30.1

Curb Weight (kg) • 835

PERFORMANCE •

0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 18.2

Top speed (MPH) • 90.1

EQUIPMENT AVAILABILITY & PRICING •

EXTERIOR •

Metallic Exterior Paint • $295.00

SECURITY & SAFETY FEATURES •

Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Standard Equipment

Electronic Stability System • Option Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available

CONVENIENCE & COMFORT FEATURES •

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available

SOUND, NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS •

Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • Option Not Available

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available

OPERATING COSTS •

City MPG • 40.9

Highway MPG • 67.3

Combined MPG • 54.3

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 7.7

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 119

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $17.00

Eco Rating • B

Insurability Grouping • 1

Estimated Average Insurance • $273.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 32.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $201.00

Maintenance Factor • 25

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $819.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi

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