2007 Mitsubishi Colt Cabriolet (turbo) review
Model Tested: Mitsubishi Colt Cabriolet Turbo
- by Alborz Fallah
This was a milestone, the first press car that was delivered to my door, after a Pajero died on the highway (more on that later). Mitsubishi delivered the Colt and picked up the Pajero on a tow truck. It was a good start to the week.
For the first few days I was relatively happy with the car, sure, my partner said it was uglier than a man in the process of removing his goatee, but I fell in love – until I saw the price.
At its published price, this car is only $2000 less than the Peugeot 207CC . The question is, why would you buy the Mitsu over the Peugeot?
The Colt Cabriolet was styled by Italian design studio Pininfarina, the people behind many beautiful cars such as the Ferrari Enzo, the new Ford Focus CC and even the Maserati Granturismo, but the Colt Cabriolet doesn't do Mitsubishi much justice.
The interior is nothing to rave about. For a car that comes from Italy, I was expecting a whole lot more - at least some excitement. Yes it has sports pedals, and a nice gear stick and it feels comfortable and well built, but so does a Corolla Sportivo and, with all due respect to the big T, you don't see me raving on about that.
At least you can take pride in telling friends your convertible Colt is an international effort, with the engines sourced from Kolleda (Germany) and Mitsubishi Motors in Japan, the seats from Faurecia in Sittard (The Netherlands), the front bumper assembly from Peguform (Germany), cockpit components from Johnson Controls (The Netherlands), and the whole thing put together by Pininfarina in Italy.
As with all test cars in Brisbane, the Colt was taken through the test course that is Mt Glorious. As far as a side by side comparison to the 207CC goes, the Mitsu is ahead in terms of handling and power. While the 207CC has 30Nm more torque, it also weighs an extra 293kg (has more room), giving the Colt the lead as a driver's car.
The steering is exceptionally heavy, which is a good thing for a car this small. It is perhaps as precise as the Evo IX, meaning you can blast up the mountain with ease. Enough about the power, cars like this are suppose to be about style and elegance, and here lies the Mitsu's downfall.
Many onlookers gazed in amazement, “What is that?”, “Is that a Mitsubishi?”. You see here is the issue, if you're going to pay almost 40k for a European convertible, you'd want people to instantly feel a little jealous, you want to feel a little important and the last thing you want to do is to explain the car to your friends:
Yes it's a Mitsubishi, but it's actually made by the Pininfarina in Italy! See the badge? Hello...?
A prestige cabriolet should not need an explanation, but this one does and what you end up with is an expensive European built car badged as a Japanese car, that arguably looks like a Japanese car trying to be a European car!
According to Mitsubishi, RISE is a body structure that incorporates strengthened A-pillars, sills, doors and rear bulkhead for rigidity, passive safety as well as handling. RISE is supported by strong A-pillars and a windshield frame.
Although the RRP is $37,990, the car is actually selling closer to $27,990 if you go through the right channels. So this brings me back to my first impression, for around 30k, the Colt Cabriolet is a brilliant little car.
You also get ABS (with EBD), driver, passenger and side air bags as well as Active Stability Control (including traction control), unique sporty 16 x 6.5J twin 5-spoke alloy rims fitted with 205/45R 16 tyres all standard on the Turbo.
Wit the roof stored in the boot, storage space is still adequate for the weekly shopping and the occasional trip to the beach, leave the roof on and you get more than enough space.
But there is a minor difference between the French and the Italian/Japanese. In the Colt you have to physically lock or release the roof before pressing the button, this adds another five seconds to the process and given the machinery does 99 per cent of the work I really wonder why it can't do the rest and the lock the roof automatically.