Daewoo Matiz

Front: 6
Side: 13
Pre 2002 rating

Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Poor, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Poor, Lower leg left: Weak, Right foot: Marginal, Left foot: Marginal
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Weak, Upper leg right: Good, Upper leg left: Good, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Good, Abdomen: Marginal, Pelvis: Adequate
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildBritax Club Class Extra, rearward facing
3 year old ChildBritax Supercruiser, forward facing
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
ISOfix front
ISOfix rear
Car details
Hand of driveRHD
Tested modelDaewoo Matiz SE+
Body type5 door hatchback
Year of publication2000
Kerb weight828
VIN from which rating appliesJan 2000 YC461799

A reasonable performance with the survival space mostly maintained but compromised by chest contact with the steering wheel and problems in the footwell. Child restraints had problems, but there is a better than most pedestrian performance though.

Front impact
Protection is provided by driver’s and passenger’s airbags and with pretensioners on the seatbelts to prevent slack so preventing excessive forward movement in a crash. After problems found during the initial Euro NCAP test the pretensioners were included as standard items on this model and were subjected to a retest. Despite this the driver still contacted the steering wheel with his chest which lost marks. Hard structures under the facia were hazardous to the driver’s knees, and the brake pedal was hazardous to the feet. A rear seat belt released late in the test by being struck by some object in the car. Daewoo took prompt action to ensure premature release cannot happen again by installing improved rear seat belts on all cars produced from June 2000. Only a simple two point static belt was fitted in the centre rear seat, which can cause severe spinal and abdominal injuries.

Side impact
The head and chest results were good. The arm rest on the door loaded the abdomen and the door trim below the arm rest loaded the pelvis. Overall this is a creditable performance from a car without a side airbag.

Child occupant
The child restraints for the 1½-year-old had to be fitted with the adult seatbelt using an alternative belt route to prevent incompatibility between the child restraint and the seatbelt buckle. This could easily lead to misuse especially as the labelling was not good. Overall the performance of this child restraints was poor. The 3-year-old restraint was very poor in the frontal crash and failed to contain the head in side impact. This performance was not helped by the problems with the rear seat buckle mentioned above.

The pedestrian performance was close to gaining three stars with only the lower leg performance being poor. Unusually the front edge of the bonnet was relatively kind.