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My previous car was and Audi 100 and it was a wonderful car except for the battery connection which no matter what you did would set off the car alarm at random times. It also didn't like having to run on cold winter mornings or hot summer days! So as long as you lived in a climate of constant early autumn temperatures it was a dream!
We did eventually decide to upgrade as the Audi had decided it was to nice a day to actually DO anything so my partner and i started trawling through the possibilities of what car suited both the need for economy and reliability, the Colt was not our first choice but we were swayed to it by the car sales man after seeing a rather unhappy looking Ford Fiesta. The Colt does around 47 mpg and on a full tank I can do almost 500 miles but if you are a little less lead-footed you could probably do more miles to the gallon. We have also found that the Colt does better MPG when doing town driving as opposed to fast road driving. So we bought this car 3 years ago now and have found that it is a reliable and fuel efficient little runner. Apart from the usual vortex of problems every car encounters at some point in their lives, the Colt has proved to be both lovable and practical. We found that it was extremely reliable during the massive snow fall we had during 2010-11 when other cars where getting stuck all I need was a shovel to clear the initial piece of snow then the Colt just got on with it and in no time I was at work or on my way home or just helping a couple of the others who's cars couldn't handle the snow!
The Colt has proven itself to be strong and reliable and once you have driven one you find that it is both comfortable and deceptively spacious inside and looks good and fits into those mini parking bays too.
Now for the bad points, there can be a bit of road noise when driving at speed and the ride suspension is a little hard so when going over traffic bumps it can feel quite hard. We have also found the boot space to be a little on the small side and it may seem like a battle the put a baby buggy in it especially with all the extra bits and pieces that you find you need to take along with you. So if you have a trailer then the boot space wont be an issue but for the rest of us its the fatal flaw in such and awesome little car.
I've had this car a few months now and I feel adequately acquainted with it to be able to give a useful review. Although I can't comment on things like problems I've had with maintenance etc, I think a lot of this comes down to the age of the car and how well it's looked after. This review will focus on the driving experience, and things to consider before purchasing. The research carried out before buying this car indicates that the parts aren't expensive to buy, so any repairs or work shouldn't be overly expensive.
Firstly, the background story to me buying this car was that my previous car (my poor Punto) had given up on me, and the final straw was when the clutch AND gearbox gave up, costing more than the car was worth to replace. I decided it was time to say goodbye, and find something more reliable which would be my faithful companion for years rather than getting a few months at a time before problems arose with my Punto.
Anyway, sad goodbyes aside, I was ready to move on to my next car. Knowing very little about cars, and being far more interested in colours than features, my partner helped me to choose this one. I have to say that driving this car has actually increased my interest in cars a little, as I feel I have for the first time got a "proper car", and I want to take pride in looking after it.
We got this car on finance for £2,900, and it only had around 41,000 miles on the clock which convinced us it was a worthwhile investment as it'll last a lot longer than previous cars I've had which have had nearer 80,000 miles on the clock when I've bought them!
**What were the reasons for choosing this car?**
When choosing my next car, I was fairly flexible regarding makes and models, but there were a few things we had to keep in mind which we didn't want to compromise on:
· We wanted a car with four doors and a boot. This is because we have plans to grow our family in the near future and the thought of messing round with baby seats and bags etc with no back doors just wasn't an option
· Safety - we wanted something that performed well in safety tests, as it will be carrying important people round!
· Fuel Economy - with the price of everything rising in recent years, we wanted value for money on fuel consumption
· Engine size - I had only driven 1 litre cars previously, and although these are fine for pottering round, we wanted something that would make life easier when motorway driving, especially when getting out of tricky situations like cars pulling out in front of you
· Boot size - we are currently in the process of renovating a house, so trips to the tip are commonplace at the weekends. Only having one decent sized car is a bit restrictive sometimes, so we wanted a car with decent boot size but the car itself not to be too big
We chose this car because it fell within our budget, and had all the features we wanted. The car has five doors, performs well in the Ncap rating system, looked like it offered good fuel economy, was a 1.3 litre engine size, and looked bigger inside than previous cars I'd owned.
**Did it live up to expectations?**
Obviously, when buying this car, our initial research was mainly online and word of mouth. We read lots of reviews and overall we were happy that it had all the features we wanted, with some extras on top. The biggest issues were the number of doors and engine size. We already knew the car had four doors, and it feels spacious inside. The engine is 1.3 litres which feels more powerful than my last car, and makes me feel a bit safer on the motorway because I now have power to overtake and make quicker decisions knowing that I'm not going to get caught out.
In terms of fuel economy, this doesn't perform quite as well as my previous car, but I think this is probably due to the time of year. We all know that in winter we don't get the best performance from our cars economically as the engine takes longer to warm up and we have to leave the heaters on full to defrost the windscreen. This can use more fuel than in the summer. Generally speaking though, I would say it costs around £55 to fill the tank, and this does about 400 - 450 miles depending on the type of driving you're doing. I notice if I do a lot of longer journeys at a more constant speed than around-town driving, I get better fuel economy which is normal for most cars. I think this is a pretty economical car overall.
The car was cheap for me to insure, although this will depend on personal circumstances obviously. The car itself must fall into a lower insurance bracket though so this applies to everyone. Tax costs around £110 for a year which is about normal for this kind of car.
The boot looks quite small when you first open the car, but it's surprising how much it can hold, and when you fold the back seats down this makes the boot very large. The back seats also slide forward to allow more boot space should you need it, but you're still able to carry passengers in the back. For general use, the boot is big enough for my supermarket shopping and day-to-day use, and if we need to use it for a trip to the tip, the seats fold down allowing a LOT of storage space.
Safety wise, I'm pleased to say I've not had any bumps or scrapes in this car, but I do feel safer driving this because it feels sturdy and solid. I know this is only psychological, but it does make a difference to me because I've only ever driven small cars before and this makes you feel vulnerable sometimes on the motorway when you're sandwiched between lorries and trucks.
**What additional features does it have?**
In addition to the features we weren't budging on, I'm pleased to say this car has many nice features which make the driving experience an enjoyable one. These features weren't a dealbreaker for me, but they're a nice change because I've only had basic cars in the past so I've been having fun discovering all the new features. These extra features are summarised below:
· Remote control key (sounds basic, but I've never had this before and find it makes life easier being able to close the car at the touch of a button when you have your hands full of bags!)
· CD player (don't laugh, but my last car actually had a tape deck!)
· Air conditioning and outside temperature indicator (this beeps when the weather drops close to zero degrees)
· Electric wing mirrors and sunroof
· Lane changing indicators (where you only have to press them lightly if you're changing lanes and they turn themselves off after a few times, rather than have them ticking away for ages)
· Rear head restraints
· Reclining seats in the back
· Arm rest on back seats
· Sensors to warn you if your lights are on, seatbelts aren't on, and doors open
I've already mentioned the boot space, which is perfectly adequate and actually rather vast when the back seats are folded. The rest of the car has little bits of storage here and there, for those who like to carry things round in their car. The glove compartment is a little on the small side, I find once the leather wallet with the car's instruction manual is in there, it doesn't leave much room for anything else such as de-icer. I tend to place such items in the luggage net behind the driver's seat, although technically I know it's not wise to leave your de-icer in the car in case your locks freeze and you can't get inside to get to it!
There are two good sized cup holders located just in front of the gearstick. I think these are suited to the cups you get from fast food establishments such as McDonalds, as they're quite wide and if you place a normal 500ml bottle in them, the bottle wobbles from side to side and doesn't seem very stable.
Other than this, there are a few small shelves at the bottom of the dashboard (where the cupholders are), which are big enough for things like CD's and maybe some small change. This isn't ideal though because there's no cover on these shelves so whatever you store here is on display and inviting people to break into your car. I guess they're handy if you're carrying change for a toll charge and want to get it out ready at the beginning of the journey.
Finally, there's a secret compartment under the CD player, which I only discovered by accident when I accidentally hit it when changing a CD. I guessed this was for CDs to be stored without being on view, but bizarrely it doesn't fit a CD in its case, it only fits the CD without the case. Not great if you don't want them getting scratched, although I guess if they're in plastic wallets this compartment would be ideal.
**What don't I like about this car?**
There are only a couple of little niggles which I feel the need to mention about my car.
When we reviewed the car, we read a few comments about the pillars at the side of the front of the car, creating a triangle which obstructs your view a bit. The pillars are a little on the thick side, and this can obstruct your view when approaching roundabouts and so on, but I find that because I'm aware of this problem I am a lot more aware of looking out for other traffic in these situations, and start to do so earlier to make sure I don't miss anything. You can also adjust the height of the seat to ensure you're in the correct driving position, which is quite a bonus for me because I'm on the short side and sometimes struggle to see over the steering wheel in cars.
The other issue I read about is the large windscreen which slopes down at such an angle that you can't see the front of the bonnet. In all honesty, I haven't really noticed this is a problem, because the front of the car is shorter than I'm used to so I always end up leaving too much space when parking anyway. The one thing that is a bit annoying is that the windscreen wipers miss a large chunk at the bottom right of the windscreen, which is right in my line of vision. So on rainy or icy days when the windscreen is covered, I have to adjust my seat to a higher position to be able to see over this semi-circle which isn't covered by the windscreen wipers. This is a bit annoying because it means my mirrors etc are all out of kilter then.
The other thing which obstructs my view is the middle headrest on the backseat. Although this can be pushed down when there's nobody travelling in the back with you, I'm not used to them being there and find them a little obstructive. I guess this is just a case of getting used to them being there.
And finally, the steering wheel isn't the comfiest I've ever known, it's quite chunky and thick, and for some reason the shape encourages you to drive in the classic "ten-to-two" or "quarter-to-three" position. I guess this is a good thing as it encourages good habits, but when you're used to being lazy with your steering wheel feeds, this takes a bit of getting used to.
I find this car really comfortable to drive, and it looks and feels spacious and smart inside. The dashboard is nicely laid out and has some nice features I've not had before such as the outside temperature indicator, and a countdown to tell you how many miles you have left before you need to refuel.
The actual driving experience is really smooth and hassle-free. The engine is powerful enough to enable overtaking manoeuvres without having to debate whether you're going to get into the embarrassing situation of getting halfway through an overtake and then having to drop back......the thing I detested most about my previous car! Gear changes are smooth and the engine isn't too noisy. Comfort wise, it's a joy to drive, and I've been told by passengers there's plenty of leg room in the passenger seat and in the back of the car.
Although it's standard for some people, I've really enjoyed being able to play CD's again in this car, and the stereo seems a decent quality. I've also noticed it picks up radio signal better than my Punto because there are certain places I always used to lose signal, but this isn't the case in the Colt.
One thing I would mention on this car, is that the seatbelt sensors are quite sensitive so it's not a good idea to put your handbag on the passenger seat. I was nearly in the embarrassing position of taking my car back to the place I bought it from, thinking I had a faulty sensor, until my partner pointed out it was probably my overloaded handbag which was making the car think there was someone sitting in the passenger seat without a seatbelt on!
I think that this is a lesser known and very underrated car, because it never sold in huge quantities so it's not seen as frequently on the roads as the more popular makes. That aside, it's a reliable and sturdy little hatchback, and offers good fuel economy with some nice features. I love driving this, and am very happy with the choice we made.
I had managed to keep my 3dr 51 plate Ford Fiesta until last year, despite having two children! I loved the Fiesta and was sad when time came to move on to something else. My budget was around £4000, and I spent quite a while looking at options, reading reviews etc, and found a little gem in the Mitsubishi Colt 5dr cz2 - so I wanted to share my experience so others might think about it as an option. It is not as well known as many similar, but more expensive, options in its class, and you don't see many of them on the road, but I have found that its advantages far outweight its disadvantages.
I picked up a 57 plate with 25,000 miles on the clock and one owner for £4000, which seems about average. This was a much better price to age and mileage ratio than any similar models I could find.
On first inspection I really liked the look of the car - it has an unusual but pleasant look to it with its high straight back. My first sit inside confirmed my first impression, becasue there is a lot of space in the car which makes it feel a bit bigger than it is - the design seemed very nice and I was almost sold on the car. Then I looked in the boot and almost walked away from the deal. The boot seemed very small, and I thought about the kids and holidays and just though it would not be possible. However, I liked the rest of the car so much that I investigated the boot space a bit more, and was very glad I did. The boot is actually very deceptive. Firstly, theer is a lot of height to the boot, which buys additional space, and secondly, you can move the passanger seats forward (and still seat people in them) and but quite a bit of depth. There is also some lower storage space under the main floor of the boot, which also can house cases etc. I was delighted, as the boot wasn't the problem it first appeared. Sure, in an ideal world I would prefer more space, but it is managable and with the other bonuses, worth a compromise.
The car drives very nicely, is not too expensive to run in terms of fuel, insurance and tax and has some nice features, the electric windows, the big windscreen, the amount of space inside, the computer which tells you how many miels you have left in the tank (very handy indeed!). Mistubishi are also one of a number of very reliable manufacturers that bring real quality to the engine - this is not a car that is going to let you down.
The only other thing I would mention, as per the other reviews, is that as good as the cabin and higher driving position etc are, you do have a blind spot with the pillars on the front sides of the car - so watch out for that. You also need to learn to judge where the front of the car stops as you can't see it (tip - you can always go further forward than you think - it really is very short between the windscreen ending and the front of the car).
So, if you hadn't considered a Mitsubishi Colt, Iwould advise you to do so!
We got my girlfriend the colt when she was looking for a new car last year, we got her a 55plate 3 door 1.3 eclippse model for just under £4000, for that money we got A/c, electric sunroof, electric mirrors, electric windows, all the usual extras you would expect on higer end cars.
The car seems to be very well built, with plenty of storage spaces all around, the back seats can be slid forward to create more boot space, and also moved back to create leg room you would see in a larger family car. The size of the boot is acceptable and with the rear seats slid forward there is ample space for shopping.
One thing i have noticed whilst driving, is the vertical pillars in the two front corners are very thick, and i find they restrict the view when pulling out of junctions and going round corners. When driving you really have to look and double look before pulling out. The windscreen is also quite large and it is quite hard to judge the front, even though the bonnet is very small, its impossible to see where it ends from the drivers seat, after driving it a couple of times you soon get to know it.
The one downside on the car is the fuel consumption, whenever i get in it, its only ever showing around 32mpg, this is round town driving, If we are driving on a motorway at 70mph you might be lucky and get 36mpg, which is still terrible considering its a 1.3 supermini. I drive a 2.2 diesel car and get much better than this.
Apart from the mpg its a cracking car, ideal first car as very easy to drive/park etc... insurance is cheap and four star ncap rating is good. This is definitely worth looking at, as it comes in much cheaper than the rival corsa, fiesta, 206, but has a lot more kit!
I've owned my Mitsubishi Colt 1.3CZ2 for about 8 months now (I sold my 2004 MX-5 due to the massive petrol price increases, not realising the prices would come down again...) and am really pleased with it.
Most cars these days appear to look similar to each other, but I think the Colt looks a bit different. It has a very tall, 'upright' design and is styled as a mini MPV. There are worse looking cars out there. The CZ2 comes with alloy wheels and body coloured mirrors and bumpers which improve the appearance a bit, too. It's never been a big seller, so it's not a common sight on our roads.
The car appears to have been designed to maximise internal space. There is a huge amount of space inside the car. The back seat can be split and moved back and forward giving either more room in the boot, or in the cabin. Very clever, and very flexible. Although the cabin is cleverly designed, I've got to say, It's not exactly luxurious. The dash and door panels are made of cheap looking plastic (and in my car are a light blue colour (yuk). A 'feature' of the interior is that the centre panel glows a greenish colour when the lights are on. I don't like it.
The shape of the car makes it easy to reverse (as you know exactly where the back of the car is), but bizarrely, it's more difficult to park the car moving forward into a space, as you cannot see any of the front of the car at all from the driver's seat (the bonnet slopes sharply downwards). This can make parking a bit of a guess.
Another problem with the shape is that the back of the car gets really filthy really quickly. I assume it's something to do with airflow, but the back soon collects muck even if the rest of the car looks clean.
The front windscreen is massive and the elevated driving position gives a superb view, BUT, a word of warning, the front windscreen pillars are really thick and can mask the view of other cars especially when turning a corner (I once 'lost' a whole truck when turning a bend, scary!). This is the biggest problem with this car and you soon learn (after a few near misses) to 'look around' the pillars before moving off.
I've found the car to be excellent to drive. There's enough power to overtake, and the car holds the road extremely well. The ride is slightly hard, but not too firm. The steering is accurate and direct, and the gearchance is OK too. The brakes are a bit sharp (for the first couple of days of ownership, slowing down was occasionally converted into an emergency stop!), but the presence of ABS is reassuring.
Fuel economy has been excellent. I've achieved over 50mpg on a long run and never less than 40 around town. Insurance and tax are pretty cheap too.
Overall, I've been really pleased with this car. It's economical, nice to drive and cheap to run. There's a new Colt out now, so the 'old shape' should be available at knock down prices.