09 March 2014
I’m a bit confused by some of the reviews I am reading about this car. My car is a 1.3 colt cleartec, the engine is very quiet, very little road noise, excellent quality plastics and seat materials, fast when you need it to be and economical. The suspension is on the firm side, but that’s not a bad thing. There is very little body roll on cornering, it copes well with the appalling road surfaces we have now. Very high spec for a car at this price, aircon,alloys, cruise control etc, et. The stop start system can be turned off if you want. £30 road tax and low insurance. It seems that my opinion and the opinion of 95% of owners differs somewhat from ’professionals’.
Submitted: 2014-02-17 | ID: 10880
Cheap tax and good overall economy figures. I travel 50/50 fast ’A’ roads/urban roads. Possibly has the most head room of the small car range, very comfy seats and everything to hand. The only niggles for me are the H’ifi system isn’t loud enough! (Personal taste though). Also a tendency to crunch when reverse is selected from cold starting. Maybe just my car does this? I think a good looking styled car.
Submitted: 2014-01-26 | ID: 10836
Great car to drive. A smooth ride. I have had no problems with it for the first 3 years. I have upgraded the alloys and suspension for a better stiffer ride but that was purely through aesthetic purposes as the ride was a bit high for me. The fuel economy is great especially for travelling 60 miles a day to work and back and only having to pay £30 a year road tax is a big bonus!! I would definitley recommend it, although it is associaed with older drivers. I bought this car at 19 and it’s still going strong. Much quicker and more powerful than other cars of the same size and out powers most 1.4 and some 1.6 litre cars.
Submitted: 2013-01-12 | ID: 10041
I’m a proud owner of a Colt Cleartec and stumbled across these other reviews online. The review I read is factually incorrect in places; the Colt Cleartec does have ESP and traction control. The Colt Cleartec is not a hot hatch, the Colt Ralliart is the hot hatch in the range so it’s unfair and unrealistic to buy a Cleartec for the performance alone. Although the Cleartec is a car, which on paper is quicker then a BMW 1 series 1.6 and in the real world I’ve left golfs, BMWs and even Mercs at the lights, this is not why you buy a Colt Cleartec. The ride is fine, you get more road noise with low rolling resistance tyres on any car. The handling is fantastic, you can really throw the car around. I own the five door and the cabin space is incredible, the boot space is not great, but because the car is taller then most cars in its class that’s a non-issue. The in car plastics are fine, the quality of the plastics is just as good as VW interiors. It’s the first Japanese car I’ve ever bought and it won’t be the last Mitsubishi I own, its just as well-built and of the same quality of German cars, but you pay a smaller premuim. The road tax is only £30 a year and it holds its value extremely well. In conclusion I would buy this car again without a second thought. Cars like Fiestas, Corsas etc., are great for the first 25000 miles but the Colt is a real winner in the long run.
Submitted: 2012-04-11 | ID: 9222
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I’ve only had mine a coupe of weeks, which I bought with 38,000 on the clock. It’s a great little car, but like other owners the auto mode leaves a lot to be desired, as it snatches too much. Manual is great, except when trying to select reverse; it doeas not want to select the geat immediately, this could be my fault though? Overall a great car, well built and roomy.
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Stan, make sure you have the footbrake firmly depressed before trying to select reverse gear - Allan Mercer from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 2012-01-28 | ID: 8926
We’d never heard of these before, but was given one as a rental in Portugal a couple of years ago. We were so impressed we went out and immediately bought a second hand CZ2 Auto, paying only £6k for an 18month old model with 6k on the clock, what a bargain! The car is perfect for us as the wife can only drive autos and I prefer manual. My wife is a little hard of hearing so the slightly higher revs with the auto box don’t bother her at all. I really enjoy the clutchless manual mode and you don’t need to pay extra for options as the CZ2 model has everything inc. cruise control, fog lights, aircon etc. The boot is not large, but big enough for our needs. For long trips an extra suitcase can go on back seat. The interior space makes it feel like a much bigger car and it is easy to get in and out of. It provides great performance and handling with a 95bhp engine and delivers 45mpg on average, 50+ on a run and road tax is only £95 p.a. It’s reliability is exceptional according to Warranty Direct and we have had no problems in 10k miles. We have just traded it in for a brand new model as we have been so impressed with the car. We used to buy Toyotas, but can no longer afford them. This matches up extremely well for driveability and build quality and is (according to reports) more reliable than a Yaris. A hidden gem thanks to badge snobbery - keep it quiet!
Submitted: 2011-12-07 | ID: 8678
So far I find the Colt a very versitile medium/small vehicle. Economy is around 40 mpg, and it provides a comfortable ride and is spacious. It is maybe a little lacking in power on long inclines, but otherwise it has no problem motoring around at 70mph.
Submitted: 2011-09-30 | ID: 8365
Great car and very reliable I have had it for 3 years and now done 36000 miles. Still feels tight as a drum. Huge cabin space for class of car. 45 profile tyres on Special Edition so ride bumpy on bad surfaces. Don’t believe anyone who says 1.3 no more powerful than the 1.1; it is and goes like a 1.6. Only fault. I had to replace the gear linkage. Apparently a bad batch which mine unfortunately was one. Recommend. Better value for money than a Fiesta and more durable over time I am sure.
Submitted: 2011-05-21 | ID: 7760
Fantastic Car to drive. Automatic mode is sometimes difficult, often feels like it is going to stall when you take your foot off the brake to pull away. I do also like to drive the car manually as it seems far more responsive, and the gearing seems more approriate than the automatic mode.
Submitted: 2011-03-28 | ID: 7452
Now had my Colt 1.3 CZ2 Semi Automatic for six months and still finding it hard to drive! The car itself, minus the transmission is brilliant, a lovely little car, real value for money. In semi auto mode the car isn’t too bad and I am able to have a fair degree of control over it. However in full auto mode its a nightmare! High revs, a high gear change plus erratic gear change down when reducing speed, makes it almost dangerous to drive in full auto mode. Garage admits that it is a high rev car but told me to feather the accelerator pedal when in full auto mode just before the car changes gear. When in full auto mode I want the car to drive me not the other way round. Will probably try to sell this in the next year, I won’t be buying another auto. I’m sure a manual is a joy.
Submitted: 2011-02-18 | ID: 7131
A little gem, fantastic economy; over 50mpg during my comute to work. Easy to drive. Plenty of room and good visability, once you get used to the front "A" pillar grumbles. Interior a bit plastic and the boot is a bit small. Overall a good little car.
Submitted: 2011-02-15 | ID: 7106
After a Passat wanted to downsize. A degree of exclusivity here, how many do you see? Ok so it’s not as well made as a Corsa or Fiesta but £30 for a years tax and good mpg. Still can’t find the boot, there’s a glovebox where the boot should be and the rear seats do not slide on 5 door cleartec. After a month of ownership i’m suitably impressed. Buy one and watch your savings grow.
Submitted: 2010-12-20 | ID: 6696
Brilliant car! The 6 speed AMT transmission isn’t perfect, but what an engine... quite nippy, fantastic fuel economy. I was getting 52 mpg around town, and around 65+ on longer runs. The only gripe I have is that the boot space is a bit limited. Really well built little car, I’ve had it for 3 years, and 37,000 miles, absolutely no faults whatever. Why oh why have they dropped the diesel engine option on the new models?
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Hi, I totally agree with you but I think the engine was developed my MB and SMART for the SMART Four Four which is no longer in production so Mitsubishi can no longer get that engine - Stuart Cox from Yorkshire
Submitted: 2010-08-10 | ID: 5878
I bought a new (2010) Colt in March of this year and I am delighted with it. It has everything that I want in a car, air con, electric mirrors, free servicing for three years, free AA membership. This is my nineteenth car in 53 years of driving and it is the best one I’ve ever had. One small niggle I had with it was the aerial which used to catch on my garage door. It was just too long. So I replaced it with an ultra short Bee-sting aerial and now I am completely satisfied.
Submitted: 2010-06-27 | ID: 5527
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Fantastic car, great size and a really looking car. I got the illusion blue colour, and it really is nice. The Colt is a great running car. I shall sell mine later on in the year, and update to a 2009 Mitsibushi Colt . I would recommend.
Submitted: 2010-06-25 | ID: 5512
I have only had our CZ1 for 5 weeks, what a little cracker. Brilliant fuel economy, excellent build quality and the exhaust note of the 1.1 is great. I’ve now sold my 4x4 and am looking for another one.
Submitted: 2010-06-17 | ID: 5469
Best car by miles the only downside with mine is there isn’t a owner manual in the car, it was bought from a big used car company, does anyone know how to get hold of one?
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It doesn’t have one. You get a key card with username and password and then you can check all the historic at your dealer - Sérgio from Portugal
Submitted: 2010-05-30 | ID: 5325
I bought it 1 year old. Considering it is a special edition I thought it may have air conditioning or electric mirrors, maybe it has free servicing? Must find out, anybody got any info?
Submitted: 2010-01-01 | ID: 4222
Bought my Colt in 2008 for 6k, 2nd hand but only done 34 miles, so basically a new car. I like the free servicing, I don’t like very very soft paint; scratches easily is not the word! Also, as I speak, the car is in the dealership for a major oil leak (rear main oil seal). I’ve had no car for 2 days, gearbox out etc... thank god I’m not paying! I’m very disappointed BUT would buy a cabriolet...
Submitted: 2009-08-14 | ID: 3417
Great little car. Really grips and you can steer it on a sixpence (as my dad would say). Feels solid and you can tell it’s really well made. Good fuel consumption and low depreciation also major factors in me choosing this car. It’s not the cheapest car in it’s class but I do think you get value for money.
Submitted: 2008-03-15 | ID: 1141
Excellent economy. good comfort with a/c, e.s.r, seat adjustment. Very practical with the seat options, fold tilt slid remove. Very good dealer support.
Submitted: 2007-10-12 | ID: 282
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