Background information on the Mitsubishi Colt

The Mitsubishi Colt is a supermini with a long history as it first appeared on the motoring scene in 1962.

The latest model has five trim levels – CZ1, CZ2, CZ2 ClearTec, Juro and Ralliart in three-door and five-door versions, with a similar body shape to the Ford Kuga.

The ClearTec model is fitted with a stop and start system which switches off the engine when not required. There are also low rolling resistance tyres and a revised final gear ratio which sees the ClearTec Colt return 55.4mpg on the combined consumption cycle while producing 119g/km of carbon dioxide emissions.

The entry-level CZ1 model comes with a radio/compact disc player, electric front windows with anti-trap, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, engine immobiliser, remote central locking and colour coded front and rear bumpers as standard.

The CZ2 adds 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, remote audio controls, front fog lights, cruise control and heated electric door mirrors.

All models are fitted with an emergency stop signal system, brake assist and lighting that stays on while you open the garage door. This technology was also implemented by BMW in the new Mini range.

Both the three-door and five-door Colt are offered with a choice of three engines. A 74bhp 1.1-litre is under the bonnet of the CZ1.

The CZ2 has a 94bhp 1.3-litre engine. The engines are linked to a manual five-speed gearbox and also a six-speed Allshift automated manual transmission for the CZ2 three-door and five-door and Juro three-door and five-door models. All the Colt’s engines are Euro V compliant.

The Colt range has added a Juro Special Edition in three-door and five-door versions which is available in Juro and Juro ClearTec forms. It has black leather seats, satellite navigation mounted on the dash, 16-inch alloys – 15-inch on ClearTec models – air conditioning, a leather steering wheel with audio controls, leather gear knob, electric windows and front, side and rear curtain airbags.

It is available with five-speed manual or six-speed Allshift transmissions and a range of seven colours.

The Colt Ralliart is powered by a 147bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged MIVEC DOHC engine. It goes from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds in the three door version, 7.6 seconds in the five-door model, on its way to a maximum speed of 131 mph.

All Colts have Mitsubishi’s three-year unlimited mileage warranty, and three years pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance. The Mitsubishi Service Plan covers the first three scheduled services.

The Mitsubishi Colt five-door has wrap-around rear lights and low and wide rear combination lamps integrated into the tailgate and rear bumper.

The three-door Colt comes fitted with the same bumper and black finish rear lights.

The Colt’s steering wheel has optional cruise control and audio switches while the dashboard sports a digital information display, amber instrument lighting and gear shift indicator.

The digital information display is housed in one instrument panel situated between the speedometer and tachometer.

A combination of dark and silver finishes feature in the revised interior.

The Colt has 60/40 split rear seats offer and in five-door form has 186 litres of load space under the parcel shelf.

With the rear seats folded luggage space expands to 1,032-litres.