Loots Cars Under £1000 Blog – 27th March

Hyundai Matrix

Hyundai Matrix for sale

For our cars under £1000 blog this week we’re looking at the Hyundai Matrix. We’ve got a 54 reg Matrix for just £650 at Along with lots of other examples to suit any budget. You can also place your own free ad on the site if you’re looking to sell your used car.

If you are on a tight budget and you want a spacious vehicle this could be the car for you. The Hyundai Matrix would make a good, inexpensive, first car or a practical family vehicle. Our example has low mileage, 5 months MOT and has been well looked after, so even better for those looking for a bargain!


  • Size – The Matrix is a clever balance of spacious interior and compact exterior. It has a large boot and plenty of room for rear passengers, but it is small enough to park easily.
  • Comfortable – The seats are pleasant and it also has plenty of headroom thanks to the high roof.
  • Smooth to drive – The engine in the Matrix allows for a smooth ride, especially when driving on the motorway.
  • Cheap – The Matrix is, overall, an inexpensive car to maintain. Because of its small engine it isn’t expensive to insure, any replacement parts are cheap to buy and it is fairly efficient with fuel.


  • Looks – Unfortunately the Matrix suffers from being a bit “aesthetically challenged” both inside and out. It isn’t as ugly as some of the people carriers available, but it is a bit boring to look at.
  • Underpowered – The 1.6 litre petrol engine just doesn’t pack enough punch to really get the Matrix moving. Whilst it is fine cruising on the motorway, it struggles with general town driving.
  • Poor drive – The gearbox has been described as “clumsy” and the steering as “vague”.
  • Doesn’t hold value – This isn’t entirely a bad thing. It does mean it will decrease in value from the moment you buy it, but it also means that when you buy it you will be purchasing a relatively new car cheaply.


If your priorities for your car under £1000 is finding a bargain, which has a spacious interior, then this could be the car for you. However, if you want something a bit more stylish that focuses more on the driving experience then the Hyundai Matrix probably isn’t what you’re looking for.

Find out more about this model here.

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