Autocar has had a difficult relationship with the Matiz. In its original incarnation, as a Daewoo, we rolled two examples while reversing at low speed, which led to grave concerns about its stability.But here’s Matiz Mk2 – now wearing a Chevrolet badge, of course, but retaining the same dimensions, engines and front-wheel-drive layout as its predecessor but with a heavily reworked exterior, a more modern interior and revised underpinnings. With city car competition getting hotter all the time it’s going to have to be an effective upgrade.
On the outside, the Korean-designed look is distinctive but less cohesive than the original. Under the skin, MacPherson struts are retained up front, but at the rear a new torsion beam arrangement replaces trailing links. Hardly cutting edge, but dependable and cheap to produce. Oddly, given those earlier stability problems, the track has been reduced by 5mm both front and rear.Power comes from a choice of two petrol engines: the 50bhp 796cc three-cylinder we’ve driven here and a 64bhp eight-valve 1.0-litre four-cylinder. Both have been revised to comply with the latest Euro4 emissions standards and deliver 54.3mpg and 50.4mpg respectively.