2009 Mitsubishi Colt 1.3 ClearTech
Could've made a better impression on the inside.
Nothing so far. Really, nothing.
Bought this one after endless investments related to the reliability of my 2003 1.8 Dynamic Stilo. Couldn't get it to start reliably every time, swapped it in for the Colt.
- The 1.3 ClearTech is reliable, good in the city, moderate on highways (90-110km/h, after that it gets too loud in the coupé). According to the onboard computer, average consumption is 8.2 litres/100km, and that's because I'm a bit heavy on the gas pedal; if you're a cheapskate and drive like a grandpa, I'm sure you can get that down to like, 6-6.5 litres/100km. So that's really good. Also, the only thing I've had to do so far is change the oil and filter, everything else is tip top.
- This is the weakest link for me, as someone who drove a Stilo, which is a synonym for comfort compared to this one. The quality of plastic in the Colt is meager, like Mitsubishi really tried to save as much as possible on this point; unfortunately, it just spoils the feeling for a driver completely. A far cry from ie Polo, Golf, Peugeot 206, Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris or whatever may fall into the same category. Except for the wheel and the gear stick, everything else just reeks of a budget solution. Very bad design when it comes to compartments, knobs, isolation in the doors and the rest of the car.
- It's okay for a driver, 4 people can ride in it without much sacrifice for the front passengers in regards to the leg space for the front passenger and driver. The boot is quite small and will not really be useful for anything else than grocery bags. I've transported smaller sorts of IKEA cabinets with folded back seats, and that's about it as far as practical goes.
All in all, if you're looking for something with cheap cost per km when calculating repair costs, maintenance, mileage - it's nice. Beware of higher consumption that comes as soon as you hit the gas pedal a bit harder. Also, the second hand value drops like the stock market in 2008. So it's a good buy if you plan on having it for like, 2 years or more. Pretty cheap to acquire too.
However, if you want some comfort in your ride and prefer something with a bit more car in it, go for the VW Polo, it's a 10 times better buy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th August, 2017