Spacious cabin, good rear passenger room, comfortable ride
Ungainly styling, petrols are weak, dull interior, vague steering
The Matrix is a compact people carrier similar in size to the Citroen Xsara Picasso. It does look a little strange from the outside but the tall profile means there's plenty of interior space, especially for rear passengers, along with a half-decent boot. As is the case with all Hyundai's, it is well equipped and good value, plus newer versions come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty as standard.
Unfortunately it's poor to drive, so despite a smooth ride, it's not an enjoyable car on anything other than motorways. The diesels are the better choice but it's best going for a later CRDi model rather than the earlier CRTD.
What owners say about this car
Fantastic car, used daily all over the UK transporting rescue dogs, never let me down once, highly recommended, spacious family... Read owner review
very comfortable drive.surprised how easy to read and work all instruments pleasently surprised how much room when rear seats pushed... Read owner review
Seating position - extremely comfortable for the driver. Road visibility is excellent. Read owner review