0.8 l, 51 l. p., automatic 4-speed gearbox, air conditioning, DLX equipment, $ 9300.
Factory warranty - 20 thousand km or 1 year, whichever comes first. However, some dealers give their own guarantee, the longest - 100 thousand km or 5 years. The standard hour for repair work in Moscow is $ 20. TO-1 (2 thousand km) in the capital costs $ 80, TO-2 (10 thousand km) - $ 100, TO-3 (20 thousand km) - $ 180.
“What a cool color!” The colleague’s face smiled. The editorial staff had two Matiz, yellow and light green. Really funny. But the Uzbek cars of Korean origin got to the test for another reason: a modification with an “automatic” appeared on sale. In a couple she took the Matiz in the same configuration, but with a manual gearbox.
So, what kind of "machine"? The classic four-speed hydromechanical gearbox, quite compact - under the hood, you understand, you can’t walk around. In addition to the main modes, the selector can be moved to position 2 or L, then the box will not switch higher, respectively, the second and first gears, and the overdrive function will exclude the fourth step.
It is curious that the “Matiz” with a manual transmission manual allows you to refuel with gasoline with an octane rating of 91–95. For modifications with the “automatic” only one fuel is specified - AI-95. Strange, the engines are the same! It turns out that the Matiz with two pedals is not only more gluttonous than its relative (consumption in the city, according to our estimates, is 1–1.5 l / 100 km more), but also more discriminating.
Price lists for the Matiz start at $ 6, 500. For reference - the modernized Samara VAZ 2114 costs the same amount. But "Matiz" with an automatic transmission in a cheap configuration can not be found. The simplest version with a radio and four speakers, power steering, central locking and a pair of power windows on the front doors can be bought for 8700 dollars. For the "mechanics" with the same set of asking almost a half thousand less. We got richer and more expensive cars for the test; We hope that prices will not rise before the release of this issue.
“MATIZES” UNDER BAG
The bodies were assembled … no, not impeccably, rather soundly. To the European and Japanese levels still have to reach. But for an inexpensive car, minor flaws are excusable. The gaps between the outer panels are not the smallest, but even. There are no visible distortions, and the details are painted quite decent.
The only wish is to install black bumpers at least on low-cost modifications. The car is relatively affordable, and many owners are willing to sacrifice their appearance for the sake of practicality.
Interior decoration - to match the appearance: solid, no frills. But this is a puncture: the driver’s landing in the two "Matiz" is different. Guilty of this unequal height of the seat cushion. An impartial mannequin confirmed human feelings - the distance to the ceiling in the yellow Matiz is less than 15 mm. It seems to be a trifle, but when landing it is felt: the tall driver rested on the ceiling. By the way, the light green "Daewoo" also sinned. All attempts to lock the back of the rear seat were in vain - the lock never clicked. Not solid …
Despite the fact that the seats at the "Matiz" are slightly different, the general drawback is that they are uncomfortable. The pillow is short and the back is devoid of lumbar support. I don’t complain of back pain, and then suddenly she started to ache after a short trip. Perhaps this is not only due to the chair, but also to the shaky suspension, which, like a copy machine, repeats the relief of the road.
WE WILL GO, WE WILL CARE?
As expected, the yellow “Matiz” with a manual transmission does not differ in behavior from the fellow countryman who was recently registered in the editorial fleet (ZR, 2004, No. 10). A weak, shaky suspension, quite decent dynamics for such an engine, and tolerable brakes are some of the touches to the portrait of a small “Uzbek”. Plus, a good review, power steering, moderate appetite. What else is needed for a car, most of which takes place in a cramped city with more or less smooth roads and frequent traffic jams? Is that an automatic transmission.
Frankly, I expected the worst from a green Matizik with a 0.8-liter engine and an automatic. This refers to dynamic performance and elasticity - because the suspension, steering and brakes of our little "Uzbeks" are the same. It is slightly inferior to yellow in dynamics, but the driver does not feel flawed in the city traffic. True, when you press the gas pedal to the floor, the “automatic” thinks for a while. Then a threatening roar of the engine is heard from under the hood, the box jumps to a lower gear - and the little car accelerates briskly.
By the smoothness of the shift, the Matiz is ready to argue even with expensive cars. With intensive acceleration, transitions from one step to another are felt by the drop in engine speed, and not by the characteristic jerks in the transmission. True, there is plenty of noise in the cabin - the 800 cc engine often strains at full strength, and the sound insulation is rather weak. Most noticeable is the difference between yellow and light green "matiz" in protracted traffic jams. It is not necessary to squeeze the clutch every now and then (even if soft) and pull the lever - with the “automatic machine” you can bear the congestion almost painlessly.
There is an opinion that we do not like small cars with low-power engines. However, last year in Russia sold more than 10 thousand "Matiz". Apparently, stereotypes are changing. And this is understandable, because for relatively little money you get a new foreign car, albeit a small one and not without flaws. But in this price niche, Matiz has one undeniable advantage over its competitors - you don’t have to put your hands on the purchased car, and you will have to go to the masters only for scheduled maintenance.
But they love Matiz not only for this. Some appreciate the cost-effectiveness in them, others - the simplicity of design and maintenance. Will cars with automatic gearboxes come to taste - are they more complicated, gluttonous, and much more expensive?
“Well, really, the“matiziks”with the“automatic machines”appeared?” Asked the wife. And I realized that she was asking the question not just out of curiosity.
Daewoo Matiz (with "mechanics") is the cheapest foreign car in Russia. Soundly assembled "Oka" with a weak suspension and a good power unit.
+ AI-92 gasoline, a relatively low price, a spacious interior for its class, and good dynamics.
- Weak power consumption of the suspension, uncomfortable landing, increased noise.
Daewoo Matiz (with “automatic”) is the cheapest way to free your left foot and right hand from unnecessary work. This car is worth the money.
+ Soft operation of the box, spacious interior for its class, acceptable dynamics.