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> Mitsubishi Colt, The Colt 1.3 has limited power but plenty of punch
post Mar 23 2009, 06:30 PM
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For about four days the little Colt sat outside my house, buried beneath a thick blanket of snow. As the street became a whiteout, the other cars remained recognisably cars in outline, but the Colt just morphed into a small crystalline mound. If someone had stuck a carrot in its covering, it would have passed as a snowman.

The thought of actually getting in and driving the frozen mound seemed more bizarre, and less appealing, with each passing day. What if I got lost in a snowball fight? It could be days before I was dug out. To put it bluntly, the Mitsubishi Colt CZ2 is not the sort of car in which you'd want to be trapped in adverse weather conditions.

Indeed, being trapped in a traffic jam would severely test the limits of its charms. This is a no-frills, practical machine, which has not been designed with stationary appeal in mind. Everything is in its proper place, but there isn't much of it. This three-door midget is refreshingly rudimentary, both in comfort and layout. It has no pretensions and it doesn't pretend otherwise. If you want something in addition to functional transportation, the Colt is not for you. All of which means that every moment not spent moving forward in the Colt is a lost moment.

However, with the snow finally thawed, the time to move forward had arrived and I resolved to drive my wife and daughter to the airport, where they were bound for warmer climes. Then, on opening the boot, I had second thoughts. I knew I could fit the family and I knew I could fit the luggage; I just wasn't confident I could do both together.

It turned out that all those years of manfully maximising the dishwasher load were not wasted. All it took was some keen spatial awareness and inspired geometric improvisation, and we were away.

For its limited power, the car has plenty of punch. Like a lot of superminis, the Colt is almost impossible to drive passively. There's something about the lively proximity to the engine and the fact that everything on the road is so much larger that creates a sense of "who you lookin' at, pal?" embattlement.

Within minutes, I'd become the automotive equivalent of the combative little Glaswegian, unwilling to be pushed around by lardy-arsed SUVs. Once we hit the M4, however, this refusal to back down began to look demented, especially against some of the more high-powered executive saloons. There can be few more pathetic or disturbing sights on the highway than a middle-aged man in a crammed three-door Colt trying to outgun a Lexus.

Beware the abominable snowman: it won't let you chill.

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Sursa: Andrew Anthony - The Guardian, Saturday 14 March 2009
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