2006 Mitsubishi Colt DI-D CZ2 1.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Excellent little family car - well built and very economical
Nothing, just wear and tear - tyres and wiper blades!
+ Fantastic economy. We average approx 60 mpg, 50% town/50% motorway. When I drive carefully, I get 70 mpg.
+ Build quality - interior and exterior feel solid and very well put together.
+ High seating position very comfortable, even for a 6 footer like me.
+ Very pleasant, roomy driving environment with well layed out instrumentation.
+ Plenty of legroom in the back for adults.
+ Nice features like steering wheel stereo controls.
+ Engine actually has some grunt if you work it and keep within the power bands. Overtaking on an A-road is perfectly do-able, but that's not really what this car is about.
- Handling is nothing special (compared to say a Focus), but completely acceptable for a small family car.
- Very small boot, but I think the rear seats fold flat (not tried it yet).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th December, 2009
Update to my initial review:
Still really like the car, but I must report on the rip-off cost of Mitsubishi replacement parts.
In an admittedly self-inflicted incident, we damaged an ABS sensor on one of the front wheels. The cost of replacement parts for this was over £500! Adding the outrageous cost of labour (including the rip-off diagnostic tests) from main dealers, and we're up to £800.
I'll be sticking to Ford next time - its ubiquity does have benefits - you can get them fixed in pretty much any garage, and the parts don't cost the earth.