Mitsubishi Colt Hatchback (96 - 04) Owner reviews

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T Ralliart 3dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG38 mpg

What can I say, brilliant pocket rocket.Fast, easy on the fuel( I get 38 mpg on the computer), comfortable and handles superbly. I recommend this car to anyone who desn't need a lot of space but a lot of fun. Most people just look and say oh it's just a Mitsubishi Colt, but take a closer look and the wide low profile tyres, large oval exhaust and lowered stance with the discreet Ralliart badge should set bells ringing.Drive it round town and there is little hint of any of it's potential. Sure the ride is firm, the visibility a little compromised but take it out onto the open road and push that throttle down and it immediately put's a smile on your face. The shove of the turbo as it scrolls up and the noise from the exhaust sees the roadside flash by, bends seem to be no problem as you realise you can push harder and faster and when required the brakes slow you down perfectly. All in all a great little car with excellent reliability.

steve cassia, derbyshire, July 5th 2014

Elegance 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG48 mpg

After nearly 5 years from new this car is difficult to easily replace. Good economy 45-55+mpg, cheapish road tax and acceptable insurance costs with great reliabilty and friendly dealer service has been pleasantly easy. The interior is sturdy but bland with a nice mix of grey and silver shades but the seats click, rattle and shake..... The AMT auto (6 speed) isn't the best but handy in traffic or from standstill and it's simply a soft nudge of the lever between modes and manually changing gear with no clutch pedal pushing so remains nicely convenient. Zesty 3 cylinder diesel engine, spacious, comfy cabin and the boot is ok for everyday needs. A little more equipment would have need nice and safety aids/airbag count is low to todays standards. Overall a dull but good car to recommend and enough but not too many around.

JEFF ROWLES, N E LINCOLNSHIRE, February 3rd 2013

Elegance 5dr

  • Overall verdict3/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG48 mpg

I own a 1.3 with AMT transmission It's good on the road for the price with nice nippy handling and cruise control that zips along on the motorway nicely. nice to have air con, alloys, fog lights, steering wheel controls and cruise controls all rolled in at 1 fixed price. down sides - the engine is noisy when idling, making a taptaptap sound and the AMT transmission isn't great, lurching as the car ponderously changes gear. I suppose that's the price you pay for manual fuel efficiency in an automatic gearbox these days.

steve robson, August 31st 2011

DI-D CZ2 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG50 mpg

After 5 years from new this car is difficult to replace. Good economy 45-55mpg+, cheapish road tax and acceptable insurance costs with great reliabilty and friendly dealer service has been pleasantly easy. The interior is sturdy with shades of grey and silver but the seats click, rattle and shake... The AMT auto (6speed) isn't the best but handy in traffic or from standstill and it's simply a soft nudge of the lever between drive modes and gears with not clutch pedal pushing so is nicely convenient. Steering and handling ok though not a car for lots of corners! Zesty 3-cylinder diesel, spacious, comfy cabin and the boot is ok for everyday needs though folding and tumble rear seats too awkward. City car essentials equipment though no electric mirrors and safety aids/airbag count is poor. Overall a dull but good car to recommend and plenty but not too many around.

JEFF ROWLES, N E LINCOLNSHIRE, February 22nd 2009

CZ1 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG53 mpg

I traded a 52 plate Amera Tino in December and after initially looking for a Nissan Note as a direct replacement stumbled across a Mitsubishi Colt at Browns of Grimsargh. I used to work for Auto Trader magazine and knew the dealership (my present company has their 4x4's serviced there. that aside the dealership were magnificent in levels of service and customer care. My sceptical wife was immediately put at ease and after a reassuring test drive went ahead with the purchase. The car is a belter, if you want searing pace and lightening speed look elsewhere (or get the CZT) but i own the base model CZ1 in a 58 plate. I get well over 50 to a gallon, 40 quid to fill up (which i now do about once a month)it drives around town like a dream, loads of leg room (Tall wife) and my son loves it. Our family is extending soon and i have thought about a bigger car, i just cannot bear to let go of this, there's enough space for day to day shopping and days out and with the petrol and car tax/insurance savings we are making i'll just hire a car for holidays. A great little car and believe me Mitsubushi's are very very reliable

sean kemplay, Lancs, February 13th 2009

Equippe 3dr Auto

  • Overall verdict2/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs1/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Bought the car in 2007 AMT is awful we had to take the car back, as we had a few near death moments as gearbox would not engage. Petrol consumption is bad, pillars on side of the car obstruct vision. Service costs outrages, has a permanent squeak at the front of car that cannot be found by the garage.On the plus side,its quite nippy sticks well to the road. After driving this car for nearly two years, i can say i will never buy another one.

elke roper, North Yorkshire, February 2nd 2009

GLX 3dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG38 mpg

This is the most reliable car we have ever owned! After 112K miles it has only ever had routine maintenance every 10k from our local garage. It definitely benefits from Shell petrol and Dunlop Speed tyres which improve economy, ride and handling over budget alternatives. It's no fun in the back, true, and spares like exhausts are expensive. The only failure has been the ignition key code which baffled the RAC and added it to their website after 2 hours of dismantling the car to find the non-starting fault.

Barry Meteyard, Devon, January 8th 2009

GLX 3dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

My first car and it was very nippy. Ideal for lone drivers on motorways.

Ibrahim Ravat, West Midlands, December 11th 2008

CZ2 5dr

  • Overall verdict3/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG44 mpg

Good points: Loads of room for us and our dogs. Sliding rear seat system is great. Nice drive as long as you dont push it. Bad points: Allshift gearbox is terrible. Too much road and engine noise. Stereo is terrible. Bought my CZ2 1.3 with the allshift gearbox in March 2008 to use for my driving school. Overall not a bad little car. Its now covered 10000 miles. Only real gripe is the auto gearbox. Very unpredictable gear shift. Upshifts are fine, but down shifts are not as smooth as I would expect. The car also tends to stay in "false neutrals" when downshifting, then it slips the clutch when you want to accellerate out of corners. This results in a slight delay when leaving junctions, and especially entering roundabouts. Because of this major failing i will not be purchasing another one.

Les Latham, Flintshire, November 28th 2008

DI-D CZ2 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG55 mpg

Excellent smaller car. I have the diesel allshift which drives well with decent acceleration and is reliable, comfortable, economical and fun. Im very pleased with the engine which has good mid range acceleration and happy with the Allshift. Its good to be able to shift manually on steep and or winding roads , especially for overtaking but full automatic is fine for the rest of the time. Build quality is fine, including the interior which some complain about - come on! if you want a wooden dash & less plastic then pay for it!!! The seating is good enough to transport 4 6 footers on a 4hr journey without stopping and with little discomfort on arrival. Only 3 issues for me. The steering is a bit heavy (I have arthritis and had to have a steering wheel knob fitted to assist). At this price it deserves electric mirrors and side airbags and the Boot is pretty pathetic if you use it a lot but the seats are very easy to put down and increase your carrying capacity. Can be irritating though. Some people complain about the visibility but Ive never had a problem but reversing sensors would have been nice. All in all this is a great little car - fun to drive and cheap to run. Ive had this one 6 mths and would certainly buy another.

Gavin Treavis, Lancs, November 1st 2008

CZ1 3dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG47 mpg

Great car. A bit of road noise at speed. Main gripe is the uncomfortable and inadequate driver's seat.

James Hooper, Northumberland, July 10th 2008

DI-D CZ2 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG57.2 mpg

I purchased an AMT (automated Manual Transmission) version in May this year from Mitsubishi Motors locally with only 280 miles on the clock (it had been a motobility demo car). The fit and finish is impressive as is the flexibility of the load space. The AMT is easy and relaxing to operate, with the bonus that unlike a conventional automatic, there is no fuel consumption penalty. In fact it's marginally better than the manual version. I can't afford a Mercedes but at least I now own 75% of the new Mercedes A Class diesel engine, which was developed specially for the (now defunct) Smart For4 and the Mitsubishi Colt. Google 'MTZ Worldwide 1/2005 Volume 66' and read all about it! One major criticism, which I share with other reviewers, is the thick A pillars which make every intersection and roundabout an 'adventure'!

Gerald Moores, North Somerset, July 9th 2008

DI-D CZ3 3dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

This car was bought for my wife on 1st April 2008, it’s now covered 3000 miles, no problems so far. It’s returning about 50 mpg, which includes some town and some country driving. Hopefully this will get even better as the engine loosens up. Official figures suggest 58 mpg combined. The performance from this 3 cylinder 1.5 diesel engine is really punchy (official figures 0-60 in 9.9 sec) The car is like Dr Who's tardis inside, it has a fairly high roof and there’s good leg room in the front and back although the boot is very small, but the back seat is on a sliding system which enables it to be easily slid forward which will more than double the size of the boot, also they fold down. This is the CZ3 model so has good level of equipment including leather seats which are very comfortable. This is an enjoyable little car to drive and if you can make do with a 3-door model, I think its a lot more pleasing to look at than the 5 door

lawrence white, beds, June 18th 2008

CZ1 3dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

I've owned this little beauty for nearly 6 months now, and am very pleased with it. It feels easy to drive, the short length makes it easy to park and it's very economical. I get 50mpg+ on most journeys. There is a good range of movement/adjustment in the seats which are really comfortable. Motorway journeys are a breeze - it just takes a bit longer to overtake than some. The only real niggle is the large dashboard sometimes reflects in the windscreen. Also the high cost of Mitsubishi parts & servicing were an unpleasant surprise, but you do get what you pay for. An excellent small car.

Rachel Callaghan, W Yorks, June 17th 2008

Attivo 3dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

I bought my Colt Blue 1.1 in March 2008 after my 1.6 Focus became to expensive to run. The Colt is a great little car with generous leg room unmatched by most bigger cars. I'm 6' 2" and have plenty of room. The sliding rear seat also provides plenty of leg room for rear passengers or extra boot space when required. The Colt is very comfortable allowing long journeys to be undertaken with ease. Fuel Economy: What can I say? At 40mph in 5th gear you will easily get 50mpg, When driving carefully I have achieved 59mpg on urban A roads. The small engine requires a bit more fuel for motorway driving so expect around 47mpg or 48mpg at 70mph - 80mph on the motorway. If can drop down to 60mph, 50mpg on the motorway is possible. In short: this is a fantastic car and Mitsubishi's best kept secret! If you want a roomy, economical and comfy car then the Colt is the car for you.

Matt Gee, June 14th 2008

Equippe 5dr Auto

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

I think this car is brilliant on motorways. It has a bit of vibration at the back when you're doing 82mph but you go to 100mph it goes brilliant on long runs, it would return 49mpg if you do 100mph on the motorway with a little bit of traffic. i had a few problems with the reversing gear 2 years after i brought it. It just kept showing "zero" on the speedometre whe i put it onto reverse. It usually hapens when you are parking on a steep hill or when you put it into reverse gear to early. After all i brangit to my dealer and they fixed that. They said that there was a electricity faulty with the electronic clutch.

Ian Thai Nguyen, Essex, June 8th 2008

Equippe 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs1/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

What I thought was a great little car: size, looks, equipment was ruined by extremely poor quality and reliability. Mine is a 2004 model with 20k miles and I have experienced: Broken fan belts, stiff gear changes and blowing exhausts (after 2 years and 10k miles), a broken glove box and now a BROKEN GEARBOX! Which at 20k miles and 7 months out of warranty is just RUBBISH and will cost Β£1600!!!!!!!!!!!! to replace. I heard of similar problems with other cars. My advice? - choose something else.

A Dubrey, May 29th 2008

Black 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

The 1.1 engine in the Colt is slightly whiney although having said that it is pretty impressive and doesnt hang about. The interior is very bright and spacious and the rear legroom is really impressive offering more than many luxury estate cars! I truly believe that this is a little unknown gem - incomparable in quality, funness and value than its mass rivals - the fiesta, 207, clio, corsa, etc, and despite the side profile of the 5 door version looking a bit MPVish, I'm laughing when I see people in the competition who have paid more for lower quality, lower fun, and less impressive cars. A great buy which is much understated and unknown. I truly believe that if this had the badge the roads would be full of them.

Be n, May 11th 2008

CZ1 3dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

Having driven an Audi A2 for the past three years and six months, I decided it was time for a change. I saw the adverts for the Colt on the TV and liked the look of it, so went to my local dealer for a test drive. I was instantly taken by it handling and performance and the fact that I could buy a pre-registered CZ1 three-door car with only 34 miles on the clock for Β£6500 – which included a three-year service package, meaning it would cost me nothing to look after the car for the life of its warranty. I picked up the car on March 31st and my first impressions were correct. The car came with a full tank of petrol, and after having it for just over a week, and having added 230 miles to the clock, I have only managed to use half a tank of petrol – which is fantastic for someone who drives a lot of miles a week. The car is comfortable inside and lovely to drive. Everything is close at hand for the driver and the space is great. Anyone who complains about the size of the boot wants to drive the Audi A2 which has to have the smallest boot in the world – and the back seats don’t move back to give you more room when you want/need it. The dealer that sold it to me was excellent (Motor Wey in Putney) and they have followed up their sale to check all is well. Highly recommended…

Paul Spellman, April 8th 2008

CZ1 3dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

my unique march 06 black cz1 has alloys and a nice off centre silver stripe from front to back,all done by the dealer.got it for just under Β£5k with 11.5k miles on and aircon.Bargain!does mid 40's mpg mainly urban,tho had 53.4 on a run once.its not quick but for a 1.1 theres very suprising poke above 3.5k revs when good progress is needed and it pulls willingly to 6.5k if u want,tho only 5k is needed to keep it above 3.5k for the next gear.3 cyl engine sounds reassuringly japanese and warbly in the process.ride is a little crashy on our '3rd world' roads,tho fine on the better ones.space,quality etc good and it feels like it will never stop going.cruises at 70-80 easy and more if u want.handling seems pretty sharp too.agree it turns heads and is a rare sight.u gotta laf at the corsa,fiesta,yaris etc drivers.they can't have realised that superminis needn't be dull and common!

ashley gill, s.yorks, January 28th 2008

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