Review: Mitsubishi Colt 5-door (2004 – 2008)

Rating:

Well priced, roomy, versatile, a real 'little big car'. Good 1.1 petrol and 1.5 diesel engines.

Lacklustre 1.3.

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4 November 2018

Report of actuator failing on 2008 Colt automated manual. Sometimes won't go into gear. Sometimes goes backwards in 'Drive' instead of forwards. Read more

27 May 2018

Report of problems with automated manual transmission, power steering rack and starting of engine with a 2007 Colt. Now an 11 year old car, of course. Read more

3 December 2015

2004 Mitsubishi Colt 1.5 DID automated manual becoming jerky on the overrun before eventually changine down. Could be end-of-life for the actuator and clutch though might be possible to reprogrammed... Read more

Mitsubishi Colt 5-door (2004 – 2008): At A Glance

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What's the Mitsubishi Colt 5-door (2004 – 2008) like to drive?

Like the Honda Jazz before it, the new Colt and its sister car the SMART Forfour have brought a breath of fresh air to small hatchbacks. (More about the ventilation system later.)

I first sat in the back of one for a rest at the Motor Show, and was amazed at the amount of room in there. Its a proper, comfortable five-seater; a statement that cannot be said of cars like the new Audi A6, Volvo S60 and many other big motors with small interiors.

On top of that its versatile. The rear bench is split 60/40 and each half slides, folds, tumbles and completely removes. With both sides out the car is transformed into a flat-floored van.

The front seats are comfortable, too, with a height-adjustable steering wheel. The A pillar quarterlights effectively remove any blindspots. The dashboard is good to look at with plenty of useful cubbyholes. The plastics are all good quality. And at night it all lights up into a sort of transluscent glow.

In the £8,995 1.1 Classic I drove the diminutive three-cylinder petrol engine has to work hard. But its a game little thing with enough torque to haul the car along at a decent pace yet, according to the standard-fit trip-computer, delivering 35 to 40mpg most of the time.

Its no sportscar, of course, and doesnt pretend to be. The steering is light, without much feel. But it handles decently enough at normal sorts of speeds. It doesnt irritate by being too sluggish in its responses. Its better than average. The payback is excellent ride quality; something that noses it ahead of the best in class Honda Jazz.

The ventilation system is excellent, which I was thankful for during the hottest days in England since June as theres no aircon on the 1.1 Classic. The radio and single slot CD work well. The big mirrors give an excellent view behind both flanks.

So, a no fault zone then? Well not quite. My car had a handling quirk. At serious speeds and with only a slight crosswind the steering lightened up so much it became completely feel-free. And the flexible bushes at the back gave a bit too much rear steer. So a tad too much steering input on a gentle motorway bend got the tail wagging. Though it wont bother those who stick to 70, this could frighten a few speeding drivers into over-correcting, with dire consequences. So be warned.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.1 51 mpg 13.2–13.3 s 130 g/km
1.3 47 mpg 11.1 s 130 g/km
1.3 Automatic 49 mpg 12.0 s 125 g/km
1.5 46 mpg 10.0 s 148 g/km
1.5 DI-D 59 mpg 9.9 s 126 g/km

Real MPG average for a Mitsubishi Colt 5-door (2004 – 2008)

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Average performance

94%

Real MPG

39–63 mpg

MPGs submitted

92

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Mitsubishi Colt gearbox problem - any solution?

My Mitsubishi Colt 1.5 diesel semi automatic has a problem. All appears normal when the engine is pulling but when decelerating on the overun, the transmission becomes quite jerky perhaps through about 1000 revs until the box then changes down.
This was one of the most reliable robotised automated manuals, but at 11 years old it is way past the end of its design life and replacing the clutch and actuator will cost more than the car is worth. Sometimes, clever guys can reprogramme the actuator to take account of clutch wear and that can keep them going for longer.
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