Used Mitsubishi Colt (2004 - 2013) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 29 Jan 2014
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The Mitsubishi Colt is the Japanese firm’s riposte to the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo. A facelift in late 2008 took the Colt from its original and slightly anonymous appearance to something altogether more racy, with a strong hint of Mitsubishi’s Evo X about the front grille and headlights.

Mitsubishi Colt (04-13)
Comfortable and safe to drive, good value, good rear space
Noisy at speed, plasticky interior, seats lack support, small boot

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

The Mitsubishi Colt is the Japanese firm’s riposte to the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo. A facelift in late 2008 took the Colt from its original and slightly anonymous appearance to something altogether more racy, with a strong hint of Mitsubishi’s Evo X about the front grille and headlights. Even so, this has not helped the Colt storm the sales charts and it remains a rare choice, despite the Colt’s spread of engines and decent drive.

Spacious cabin

One of the big strengths in favour of the Mitsubishi Colt over some of its more mainstream rivals is its practical cabin space. It offers a decent boot and plenty more luggage capacity when the 60/40 split and fold rear seats are pushed forward, although they don’t store completely flat.

What makes the Colt more practical than its rivals, though, are the tall sides of the Mitsubishi that mean larger loads can be accommodated where most superminis would baulk. There are also lots of storage points throughout the cabin, including the Multibox that consists of a series of small cubbies in the centre console to keep smaller items from roaming free and getting lost.

When Mitsubishi revised the Colt range in 2008, it improved boot space for all models, so the three-door model’s boot went from a meagre 160-litres to 186-litres. Despite this increase, the Colt’s boot is still on the small side for a supermini.

Range of choice

Mitsubishi has structured the Colt range to offer everything from a three-door supermini that costs little more than most city cars all the way to the Ralliart hot hatch model. The Ralliart model comes with a 147bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged engine to take on the likes of the Fiat Punto Evo and is keenly priced in this niche.

Mitsubishi is also unusual in offering a five-door version of its hotted up, sporting model. The rest of the Colt range is divided into three- and five-door models, with both guises offered in CZ1, CZ2 and Juro trims.

For the five-door, there’s also the ClearTec that comes with Auto Stop & Go to switch the 1.3-litre petrol engine off when the car is at a standstill, low rolling resistance tyres, revised top gear for improved economy and other fuel-saving measures. For the five-door Colt, Mitsubishi also offers the ClearTec technology for the Juro special edition.

Does this small hatchback offer something different to the usual suspects? Read on for our full Mitsubishi Colt review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Ok so it's not the most comfortable car to drive but It's reliable and very cheap to run. You get a lot of extras for a relitively cheap used car.  

3 out of 5

C Hudson ,   21 Oct 2014    ... read more

 It has good passenger comfort,wide doors to access rear and economy and running costs.  

4 out of 5

Richard Delahaye ,   03 Oct 2014    ... read more

 Ooooodles of space. The rear seats fold perfectly flat, as does the front passenger's, leaving enough room for three large dogs or a 55" LED TV or an armchair, or a mattress, or a garden shed, a trip...  

5 out of 5

Danny Allan ,   11 May 2014    ... read more

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