The Colt uses a rack and pinion steering set-up and has a 10.2m turning circle.
The Colt uses a rack and pinion steering set-up and has a 10.2m turning circle. Electrical power assistance means power is only drawn from the engine for steering inputs as and when they are needed, unlike a hydraulic system which constantly draws power from the engine. We found the steering to be light but reassuring, with a reasonable amount of feedback - you can certainly have fun with the Colt.
All Mitsubishi Colts are equipped with ventilated front discs and rear drum brakes (apart from the 107 bhp 1.5 litre which is equipped with front and rear disc brakes), ABS (anti-lock brakes) and EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) ensuring that the Colt brakes reassuringly well.
Ease of Use
The Colt feels like a baby MPV and surprisingly it can comfortably fit four adults, maybe five at a push, but you wouldn't be able to carry much luggage. The rear seat passengers sit slightly higher than the front - theatre style. There is no doubt that the Colt is more spacious than the exterior would suggest, with generous head and leg room in the front and rear.
The Colt is an easy car to get in and out of, which is a boon for people for mobility problems. The high seating position means that you can just swivel around and drop your legs out.
The cabin is both functional and ergonomically laid out and the controls are tactile and intuitive to operate. The dipped beam mechanism is particularly fluid to use. We liked the fact that the Colt has a foot rest which is a feature usually seen on larger cars.
The rear seats move back and forth to increase the luggage area or to increase the rear seat passenger’s leg room, but one is at the cost of the other. The rear seats fold down on a 60:40 split and are completely removable, which turns the Colt into a domestic use van. With the rear seats in place there is 311 litres of boot capacity and with the seats removed 641 litres. The back rest of the front passenger seat can be folded forward to accommodate longer items. All quite clever really, out of interest we tested a Jaguar X-TYPE Estate Review a few weeks ago and that can accommodate 1415 litres of luggage with the seats down, which goes to proves what you can get into a Colt.
The boot is equipped with cargo tie-down hooks, luggage area light and a 12v power socket.
We did find that the ‘A’ pillars could hamper forward vision depending on the driver’s seating position, although the front quarter lights did help to remove blind spots. The large mirrors give good all-round vision and the Colt is very easy to park however, for the more cautious driver, you can specify both front and rear parking sensors.
On a practical level the Mitsubishi Colt 1.3 Elegance is equipped with: front passenger under storage tray, front door pockets, interior lights with map reading lights, front seat backrest pockets, luggage cover, rear seat heater ducts, access support grips front and rear and centre multi info display.
Mitsubishi Colt Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi Colt 1.3 Elegance|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||56.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year unlimited mileage warranty|
12-Year anti-corrosion/perforation warranty
3-Year Pan-European breakdown and recovery service
|Price (when tested on the 16/03/05)||£ 10,999|