Mitsubishi Colt

The Essentials

  • Price from £9,505
  • What Car? says: 2 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 51.4mpg
  • What is it? Temptingly cheap but other superminis are better and safer.

Great

  • Plenty of room for a party of four
  • Reliability should be good
  • Reasonably priced

Gripes

  • The boot is a bit of a squeeze
  • Very stingy safety kit
  • Ride is firm
  • Drive

    Essentially well-behaved but it's not the fastest - or most civilised - of mounts

  • Inside

    Front pillars are hard to see past but everything else is well laid-out

  • Safety

    Dismal - only two airbags come as standard unless you go for the top-spec car which has four airbags and stability control

  • Reliability

    The Colt feels well put-together and Mitsubishi has a good reliability record

  • Space

    Good space for four and a flexible, if rather small, boot

  • Standard and extras

    Your best bet is the entry-level CZ1, although you won't get air-con

  • What's it like to drive?

    Driving a Mitsubishi Colt won't have you slinging your Stetson into the air with a whoop. But, for the most part, it does what it's told. It grips the road and corners quite well, but also leans a little because of its height. The ride is on the firm side and suffers on dilapidated roads. None of the engines are especially quick, so we'd stick with the entry-level 1.1-litre.

  • What's it like inside?

    The Colt is the epitome of simplicity inside and all the controls are where your hands want them to be. There's a limit to how much you can tweak the driver's seat and steering wheel, but you should be able to get reasonably comfy. You'll have a hard time seeing past the front pillars, though. Four leggy grown-ups easily fit in, whether you choose the three- or five-door. The boot is smaller than that in a VW Up but the rear seat splits and folds flat to extend the space. All come with electric windows and a CD player with MP3 connectivity, but for air-con, alloys and cruise control you'll need to upgrade to the 1.3-litre version.

  • How reliable is it?

    It's very well-built and is unlikely to let you down - and Mitsubishi has scored well in recent reliability and customer satisfaction surveys.
    Safety kit is very disappointing by modern supermini standards - only top-spec Ralliart models have stability control and side airbags. The others get just two front airbags. The Colt scored only four stars under the old-style Euro NCAP testing regime.

  • Should I buy one?

    Running a Colt won't cost the earth, thanks to low emissions, slow depreciation and plenty of miles to the gallon. However a Volkswagen Up offers a much better proposition for similar money.