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Hyundai Matrix Estate review

2001 - 2010 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

At a glance

Price new £9,855 - £12,880
Used prices £272 - £2,007
Road tax cost £190 - £415
Insurance group 16 - 21
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 375 - 653 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


Spacious cabin, good rear passenger room, comfortable ride


Ungainly styling, petrols are weak, dull interior, vague steering

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.