Colt Juro 1.3 5-dr
rules. Fine. But when
buying a car thats
light on the juice,
want to end up with a one-
trick model. Which is exactly where
latest Colt scores...
AROUND 43.7MPG achievable in everyday driving (officially the combined cycle
figure is 47.1mpg, with 36.7 urban and 56.5mpg extra-urban), Mitsubishi's
supermini is most definitely wallet-friendly. Thankfully the economy doesn't
come at the expense of practicality or driveability.
The Colt's smartly turned-out body can be had in both three- and five-door sizes.
It's on the tall side but that doesn't stop it looking rather smart particularly
with its big brother Evo's 'Jet Fighter' front-end treatment. Finished in pure
Porcelain white, the wedgy styling really does stand out.
Open any of the four doors and you'll find a spacious, predominantly black but
nonetheless airy cabin. Well put-together with decent quality materials, the
high-spec Juro version is well-stocked with kit including a particularly good
Garmin portable SatNav mounted in a dash pod with a 4.3" touchscreen display,
voice guidance, TMC traffic information and map updates for 41 countries across
Europe; it even includes an MP3 player and Bluetooth hands-free 'phone kit!
that's not all you get for your £10,999 other equipment and features
include black leather upholstery, a decent audio system, AirCon, leather-rimmed
steering wheel with remote audio and cruise controls, power windows (one-shot
down driver's), height-adjustable driver's seat, i-Pod and MP3 Aux sockets,
power steering, cruise control, electric and heated door mirrors, front, side
and curtain airbags, front fog lights and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The 3D touchscreen
SatNav is superb:
the spoken directions are
spot-on; the touchscreen
and it provides clearly
including your road
speed, speed limits and
speed camera warnings.
It also quickly
recalculates the route
should you deviate
without swamping you
with pointless commands
to make a U-turn...
Parents will also appreciate the Isofix child seat anchorage points in the rear
and the key-operated front airbag deactivation.
The Colt Juro also comes with whiplash-reducing seats, a four-star Euro NCAP
safety rating, ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist plus
Mitsubishi's Emergency Stop Signal System that reduces the possibility of rear-end
shunts when maximum braking pressure is applied in an emergency the system
automatically activates the hazard lights at 3.5Hz (double the speed of normal
hazard lights) to warn following drivers of an emergency braking situation.
If you want this level of gear in other superminis from, say, Ford or Vauxhall,
you'll probably end up adding another £1,500+ to their 'drive away' prices.
So, not only is the Colt easy on the eye, but it's good value to boot.
Talking of which, the Colt's boot accommodates 186 litres of luggage under the
parcel shelf with the rear seats in use. And it has a couple of handy tricks.
For a start, the boot floor can be lifted up to store items in the space below
or even removed completely whenever you need a deeper boot. Another practical
feature is the lift-up rigid rear parcel shelf which, in addition to being fully
removable, also offers a choice of two height settings.
The rear seats are split 60:40 and maximising the cargo space is easy
slide and tumble the seat bases, then fold down the seatbacks. The resulting
cargo floor is completely flat and easy to load. For dedicated cargo-carrying
duties, and with the rear seats folded, 609 litres is available.
Passenger-wise, the five-door cabin offers class-leading room and is spacious
enough to accommodate four adults. A third in the rear centre spot is do-able
but, as with most cars, it's better if the 'piggy in the middle' is a youngster.
Rear passengers sit several inches higher than those in front but even with
a six-footer doing the driving, equally tall rear passengers can sit comfortably
with generous leg-, knee- and foot-room. And while there's no centre armrest,
the door-mounted outer ones are fine.
are well catered for with a height adjustable seat and excellent visibility
all round; even rearwards. Appreciated too is the large amount of space for
your knees and shins. The good-to-hold, fine-grain leather-wrapped wheel adjusts
for rake/height but not reach not a problem and all of MotorBar's testers
were able to set a comfortable driving position.
Height-adjustable seatbelts are another welcome feature while the seats themselves
are shapely enough to be comfortable and accommodating on long journeys. All
controls are straightforward and easy to reach, and the any-which-way air-vents
direct hot or cold air to wherever it's needed.
instrumentation is well presented and easy to read, with restful orange night-time
lighting. And the 3D touchscreen Garmin SatNav is superb. For a start, it's
perfectly sited atop the fascia; the spoken directions are spot-on; the touchscreen
operation is flawless; and it provides clearly visible information including
your road speed, speed limits and speed camera warnings.
It drives pretty well, too.
not afraid to bull
through corners and
tackle twisty country
lanes with some
enthusiasm where, in
spite of its tall-
standing looks, it
feels composed and
It also quickly recalculates the route should you deviate without swamping you
with pointless commands to 'make a U-turn'.
The lightweight 1.3-litre petrol engine is a nice little number which, thanks
to Mitsubishi's MIVEC variable valve timing system, kicks out 94bhp and 92lb
ft of torque at 4,000rpm more than enough to push the Colt up to 112mph.
The benchmark 0-62mph is a reasonably brisk 11.1 seconds. Smooth and eager around
town, the Colt is always responsive enough to dart forward and take advantage
of gaps in the traffic.
Make good use of the five gears and pile on the revs and you'll find the Colt
just as keen on the open roads and motorways where it's more than happy
zipping along at the legal limit. For the record, tailpipe emissions are 130g/km.
It drives pretty well, too. There's ample grip and it's not afraid to bull through
corners and tackle twisty country lanes with some enthusiasm where, in spite
of its tall-standing looks, it feels composed and assured helped by the
wide front and rear tracks that also contribute to its class-leading cabin space.
suspension set-up is well judged with body control and bump compliance both
proving to be pretty good you'll only feel the very worst your local
council can throw at it. The electrically-assisted power steering is fine, as
too are the brakes (vented discs at the front; drums at the rear) and overall,
the front-wheel drive Juro makes for some entertaining driving.
Given Mitsubishi's headline-grabbing, performance-rich Evo models, it's no surprise
that the Colt is somewhat overshadowed. But in value-packed Juro specification
it's a small car with genuine versatility; a complete package that's as frugal
as it is fun and seriously fit for purpose… exactly what you'd expect from a
Colt Juro 1.3 5-dr | £10,999
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 11.1 seconds | Overall test MPG: 43.7mpg
Power: 94bhp | Torque: 92lb ft | CO2 130g/km