Mitsubishi Colt Blue 2006 Road Test

Sun, 01 Oct 2006

This is really an update of my previous test of the Colt Red 3-door. The Colt Blue is basically a very well equipped Colt 3-door.

It comes equipped with ABS + EBD, twin airbags with a key-switch to switch the passenger’s off, Radio C/D player, trip computer, rev counter, lockable glove compartment, lots of useful cubby holes, grab handles front and back, passenger and driver vanity mirrors, sliding and double-folding rear seat, very comfortable front seats, good quality, solid feeling plastics, height-adjustable steering wheel, three 3-point rear seatbelts, electric front windows and a really neat two-sided interior light: just press the lens your side and the light goes on your side.

In addition, to justify an extra £1,000, the Colt Blue has side airbags, rear outer ISOFIX seat fittings, remote central locking, 6 speakers, MP3 compatibility, automatic headlights with a light sensor, blue and black leather covered steering wheel, blue and black cloth sears, automatic rain sensors, alloy wheels and metallic blue paint.

There is excellent headroom and huge seat travel. I drove the Colt Red with a guy who is 6’ 6” and even he did not need to push the seat all the way back. The doors excellent access and open so wide and so far into the footwell that even a very elderly person can easily enter the car in the recommended ‘bum first manner’ then swing their legs inside.

You lose out a bit at the back because even though the rear seats slide for more legroom and double-tumble leaving a completely flat floor, the 3-door has a slightly higher hatchback sill than the 5-door, so there is no way you can simply wheel things in. The advantage of that is improved body rigidity and better rear impact protection. And there is no doubt that with its lower centre of gravity the 3-door grips, handles and gives better road feel than the 5-door.

The 74bhp 3 cylinder 1.1 litre chain-cam engine is a game little thing with a nice sound at high revs. Though slower, it’s much more fun to drive than the more expensive 1.3 litre 4-cylinder.

The car itself has plenty of character. It steers and handles decently enough. It doesn’t have a/c and doesn’t need it because the fresh airflow is excellent and enough to keep you cool even on the hottest days (as long as you’re moving).

Strangely, it did display a hint of slight rear end looseness at exactly the same fast curve on the M3 that the 5-door did two years ago. Not something I have ever noticed in any other car. But again, not something to worry about unduly.

It’s a good little car, sensibly list priced, and with deals available, that makes you question why you should pay more for the same sort of thing with someone else’s badge on it. I can’t understand why they don’t sell better than they do.

Quick link to test of Colt 3-door range for reference:

www.honestjohn.co.uk/road_tests/index.htm?id=167

Quick link to test of Colt 5-door for reference:

www.honestjohn.co.uk/road_tests/index.htm?id=143

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