Mitsubishi Colt

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Mitsubishi Colt

Mitsubishi Colt

Date October 10, 2006 (0)

Joshua Dowling and Jaedene Hudson

The car: Mitsubishi Colt.

The price: From $15,990.

Vital statistics: 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine (77kW, 141Nm), five-speed manual transmission.

The testers: Joshua Dowling and Jaedene Hudson.

He: The Colt has been on sale for about two years but hasn’t had a manual transmission until recently. With it comes a cheaper starting price ($15,990 instead of the auto’s $18,990). It has also had a mild freshen-up, with extra equipment and a different bend in the front bumper.

Do you like it?

She: #160;I do. The engine has good acceleration, doesn’t sound too harsh and it’s economical. It’s smooth to drive. The clutch action is light and the gearbox shifts well.

He: The manual works well but I’m not sure the auto is as good as other autos in the class. Mitsubishi’s continually variable transmission takes some getting used to. The car leans a little in corners.

It has soft suspension and yet thumps badly over sharp bumps. What did you think about the interior?

Mitsubishi Colt

She: It looks good and it’s functional. It has a good stereo and reasonable storage. Oddly, for a car in this price range, it has covered vanity mirrors on both sun visors. The quality of the materials, particularly the steering wheel, feels good. You can tell it’s made in Japan, unlike a lot of cars in this class.

Many are made in South Korea; even the Honda Jazz is made in Thailand now.

He: I agree with you on quality and it is reasonably well-equipped. A couple of things annoyed, though. The vast windscreen doesn’t have a shaded area across the top, so even with the visors down you can be forced to squint against the sun and the rear seat has a lap-only belt in the middle.

The boot is small and it has a space-saver spare.

She: At least the rear seat can slide forward to create more cargo room if you need it. And on safety, it might only have a lap-sash belt in the middle but at least it has the option of side and curtain airbags for $1200.

He: Fair enough but how many Colts does Mitsubishi have in stock with the safety pack? I wonder if it is like other brands that make curtain airbags an order-only proposition, which usually means a three-month wait. All that aside, would you buy one?

She: I’d have the manual Colt over a Honda Jazz and a Mazda2 and certainly I’d own a Colt before I’d consider one of the Korean alternatives. I’d also consider a Ford Fiesta or a Toyota Yaris but both are more expensive and have less equipment. What about you?

He: The Colt has been overlooked for a while. I’d prefer a manual Colt to the Ford Fiesta or Mazda2 and it’s on par for me with the Honda Jazz. The Toyota Yaris is my pick but it’s expensive.#160;

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