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By Glen Waddington
04 January 2009 20:50
It’s competent, safe, reasonably agile and possibly even fun, when you gun the engine hard enough.
Right from the off, you’re aware that there are a few more cubic inches under the bonnet than you’d normally expect from a non-budget manufacturer at this price. It manifests itself in a strong delivery of torque that extends to an almost warm-hatch level of acceleration once you’re past 40000rpm. That same pep means that motorway cruises are a doddle, because you don’t lose speed on inclines in the way many 'minis force you to.
The gearshift is neat, precise and accurate, steering is a touch numb but quick enough, and the ride is decently pliant if a touch bouncy over corrugated surfaces.
It’s no charmer in the handling department, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with the way the Colt attacks bends. You might wish for a bit more seat support because you sit high and feel roll more prominently as a result. But stick to city streets rather than B-roads and you’d never know.
There’s no doubt that the Colt offers tremendous value for money. By the standards of recent mainstream superminis, it’s decently spacious, decently refined, decently brisk and extremely well-equipped.
The launch of the new Fiesta has distorted that view but the Colt’s extraordinary equipment level and bigger engine might just sway you away from the base-model Ford with which it competes on price. And if you’re after a second car for the school run and shopping trips, or a city car that occasionally takes a quick blast up a dual carriageway, there’s a hell of a lot of logic to buying the Colt.
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Mitsubishi Colt 1.3 (2009) CAR review
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RE: Mitsubishi Colt 1.3 (2009) CAR review
Joe; yes, a Mini really is a BMW. Just like a Rolls-Royce.
09 January 2009 12:34
Ohh boy, it's nasty. When I'm looking at it I have reminiscence of late '80 - early '90 Mitsubishi mpv
08 January 2009 17:41
No becuase although its designed by my favourite designer(Frank Stephansen) it's not really a BMW is it. And if BMW were to put one of their deasil engines in miniture with Bangle styling and the really good aerodynamics and the other tech that make BMKW's so economical, it wouldn't be a MINI. It would be great. If you know what I mean.
06 January 2009 12:23
Joedodgy, do you mean, something like a MINI?
05 January 2009 14:18
I saw one the other day and you know what I liked it. But these lttle cars arnt exactly economical are they. A BMW can better them figures and it is alot quicker and heavier and bigger. Why don't BMW do a proper supermini and actaully do it well, put all their techa nd know how into it and show these other manufactures how its done. I'd have one.
05 January 2009 13:29
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