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Mitsubishi Colt Hatchback 1.1 CZ1

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      01.08.2010 21:19
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      fantastic little economical car with bags more space than you would think

      I have had my mitsubishi colt cz1 for about 6 months now.
      I had to get a car over the new year period and quickley as my previous car died :(, therefore I went to various showrooms.
      Having previously owned a large 2.5 litre fast import, I was a little distressed at the thought of a small car. However, thinking with my brain and not my heart, I decided it was time to get a car that was much more finacially viable (for the time being at least!). After looking at a few different models I finally choose this one. There are of course other models so may not all be exactly the same.

      STATS

      1.1cc engine (other options avaliable)
      around 50mpg
      co2 emissions 130 (which apparently is quite good)
      insurance group 4
      tax band D (currently £90 year)
      euro ncap rate - adult safetly 4/5, child safety 3/5, pedestrian 1/5 :(
      0-60mph = about 12 seconds!
      new price currently £8,500 (mitsubishi website) but one a few years old predictably drops a few grand.

      ESSENTIAL BITS AND BOBS OF CAR

      You get most things as you would in any other car and there are the usual upgrades you can by.
      Central locking, heated rear window, power steering, driver and passenger airbags and cd/radio.

      OUTSIDE

      The car is small 3 door hatchback. Moderatley tall, has a fairly short bonnet and boxy little bum. The lights to the front are big, bright and make the road ahead clear to see. The ariel stands proud on the back and is not retractable, so beware for car wash.

      DECOR

      When I first got in the car I have to admit my impression was "plastic fantastic" . The dasboard is grey (as is everthing else), extends a long way so you can place odd papers on the if you wish without disturbing your view. Mine has a kind of darker bit across the front which just breaks it up a bit. The little heating dials are really plastic! Clear/white plastic around the silvery dial which glows green when lights are on! Sounds terrible but I do think it works. Cd basic built in but works well as does the radio. There are a few little slots for things front and side and two bottle pot holders in front. Glove box standard. The little air vents are circluar and close shut flat.

      FRONT DRIVER AND PASSENGER

      Easy to get in and out of, all controls seem to be in appropriate places within easy reach. I am quite short so have to have the seat as far forward as it will go, but I still have enough room around me.
      Seats are standard, firm but quite comfortable. Furthest I have driven so far is 120miles and I felt ok after that, no back ache.

      BACK SEAT

      Again stanard, firm and comfortable. The big surprise considering the size of the car the back is like a little tardis! Lots of head room, even for my taller friends and leg room too.

      BOOT

      Now, there is a dinky little boot which fits a few big shopping bags in and a removable parcel shelf, which is a bit to easy to take off sometimes!
      Under the carpet of the boot sits the spare wheel.
      Now I know I said it was dinky, but this is where the tardis takes place...
      If you move the back seat forward, then fold the two halfs of the back down flat onto the seat - it's very big!! Basically I can fit two siberian husky's harnessed in with no problem!

      DRIVING

      Pretty smooth ride, gears are adequate, brakes good. Steering easy, but a little light at times. Does start to get a little shaky when you hit 80mph. Down side it is slow up hills, especially with passengers. Sounds a bit like a citroen?
      Now after having my car just a week I skidded on ice and did a little off roading and a 360 turn! But importantly my little car was fine. No bumps or scrapes to it, just a lot of dirt and grass. I felt safe in it which was important.

      So in all - it's not the speed demon I was used to, but my eco friendly put put which I now love :)

      Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username

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