Mitsubishi Colt Hatchback 2004 - 2008

Mitsubishi Colt Hatchback 2004 - 2008

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • An articulate European design
  • A comfortable and exciting cockpit
  • Exceptional economy both with petrol and diesel engines
  • Convenient and practical for city life

Cons:

  • Badly optimised auto gearboxes
  • Not ideal for highway driving
  • A rather inconvenient boot space

Overview

Mitsubishi Colt is a very popular supermini that bar a couple of short intervals has been around since 1962. It has seen seven generations and has really made a long up-and-down journey from a wacky kei-car to a boring mini and now to a modern and completely different city car. The new Colt is a versatile little car with an aerodynamic body and a good selection of engines.

Exterior and Interior

There's a decent selection of various engines available. The range starts with a 1.1-litre 74bhp petrol engine and continues with 1.3-litre 94bhp and 1.5-litre 107bhp petrol engines. There's also a 1.5-litre diesel engine with 94bhp.

Performance and Economy

The Mitsubishi Colt is an economical little car. It's city version (not that there is a distinctive highway version, though) with the basic 1.1-litre engine offers 51mpg. With the 1.3-litre unit economy drops to 47mpg and by the time we put the 1.5-litre sporty motor in play it's already 45mpg, which still isn't bad for a petrol engine. The top petrol version is actually a good one. It produces 107bhp, which in such a small car transforms it into a small rocket, if only the suspension could keep up. Acceleration to 60mph in less than 10 seconds is a possibility. The only diesel version makes for a good city option achieving 58mpg on average.

Like to Drive

Certainly not as good as driving the larger Mitsubishi Lancer, so why do both cars costing roughly the same? The Colt does the job in the city as it is convenient, manoeuvrable and easy to park. On a motorway though it behaves erratically and emits too much noise. Also if you want to have any fun when driving, avoid a Colt with an automatic gearbox.

Faults and Repairs

The car is built in Europe and the quality is good. The materials used in the cabin could be of a better quality, especially for the cost. You may find that the interior rattles and even disintegrates with too much use. Driving a Mitsubishi Colt, you'll soon get used to the fact that the excessive noise doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong. From the technical point of view it's the auto gearbox and power steering that can cause the most headaches and repair nightmares. Older cars can suffer from leaks, so it's worth looking for any signs of water stains when buying a used Mitsubishi Colt.