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Mitsubishi Colt CZC

Mitsubishi

Review

MITSUBISHI is the latest manufacturer to join the convertible supermini club with the launch of its Colt CZC.

Available with the choice of either 107bhp or turbocharged 147bhp 1.5-litre petrol engines, the CZC has a folding metal roof which transforms the car from coupe to convertible in seconds.

It is the latest launch of electric fold-aways, going head to head with the Peugeot 206CC, Nissan Micra C+C and Vauxhall Tigra.

Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel and gear lever, ABS anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and integrated front fog lights.

The Turbo adds stiffer sports suspension, stability and traction control, part-leather seats, a restyled front bumper and 16-inch alloy wheels. That’s not a bad level of equipment for the price, although some of the dials and instruments on the dashboard look a little tacky.

A total of 600 sales are planned for this year, with full-year sales in 2007 reaching 1,000 units.

Mitsubishi hopes to include user-chooser female company drivers among its customers.

Behind the wheel

WHAT a joy the CZC is when the sun is out and you are cruising through the countryside.

It is a cute looking car, particularly with the roof down, and it has a 2+2 seating configuration, although the rear seats won’t carry adults in any comfort.

We got the chance to test the top-of-the-range 1.5-litre turbocharged model, offering 147bhp, and the drive was pleasantly sporty. Putting the roof down is a fairly simple affair, although there’s a bit of manual unclipping before the electronics take over. Then press a button and the roof is neatly stowed away in 22 seconds.

The Colt handled well out on the road. It’s a brisk little car but suffers from a degree of scuttle-shake. Even at motorway speeds, with the roof down and a deflector in place wind intrusion inside the cabin was at a minimum – certainly not enough to ruffle hair.

Verdict

As a male driver in his 30s, I don’t form part of Mitsubishi’s target audience for this car – but having to hand it back after a few hours in the sunshine was tough. And the extra performance from the Turbo justifies its £2,000 price premium.

Model: 1.5 1.5 Turbo
Max power (bhp/rpm): 107/6,000 147/6,000
Max torque (lb-ft/rpm): 280/4,000 155/3,500
Max speed (mph): 114 126
0-62mph (secs): 10.5 8.4
Fuel consumption (mpg): 42.8 39.8
CO2 emissions (g/km): 157 168
On sale: Now
Prices (OTR): £13,999 £15,999

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  • CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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