Mitsubishi Colt Hatchback 1996 - 2003

Mitsubishi Colt Hatchback 1996 - 2003

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016


  • Good build quality
  • Good level of kit in its day
  • Cheap to buy


  • Poor ride quality
  • Engines aren't particularly good


The Mitsubishi Colt is a great little run around for town or as a first car for younger drivers as it returns a fairly respectable fuel efficiency for a car of this age and came with high levels of kit in its day. There is only a choice of two engines though with neither being particularly powerful and the ride leaves a lot to be desired especially over rougher roads

Exterior and Interior

The Colt only comes as a three door hatchback which limits its practicality slightly as it isn't the easiest of cars to get into the back seats. It did come with more kit than most other cars of its size when it came out, but compared to today's standards you don't receive anything particularly special. The room in the front is spacious, however, the same can't be said for the back seats where head and legroom is at a premium and the boot is fairly small too. Both models came with the GLX trim when first released that had power steering, central locking and a drivers' airbag in the 1.3-litre. The 1.6-litre added an electric sunroof and electric windows to it. Other trim levels were released later on in its life coming with other accessories such as driver and passenger airbags, alloys, air-con and ABS.

Performance and Economy

The larger 1.6-litre engine is the quicker of the two with its 89bhp accelerating it from 0-60mph in just over 11 seconds and achieves just over 38mpg. The smaller 1.3-litre unit is much slower coming in at just under 13 seconds and has an improved economy over the lager engines reaching 40mpg. The 1.3-litre is also cheaper to insure falling into group 5 whilst the 1.6-litre falls into group 6 or 7.

Like to Drive

The Colt isn't the most engaging of cars to drive with notchy gear changes and vague, lifeless steering. The engines aren't exactly quick so you're never going to get a thrill out of them and then ride can prove to be uncomfortable especially on rougher surfaces. There is also a large amount of wind, road and road noise that gets into the cabin.

Faults and Repairs

The Colt has proven to be fairly reliable over the years, which is to be expected as Mitsubishi fares well in reliability surveys year in and year out. There was a recall for cars built in 2001 that concerned the crankshaft and another for cars built in 1997 for brake problems. The servicing and repair costs are fairly expensive too for a car of this size.