Archive | February, 2012

Mitsubishi Colt Juro 1.3 review by Simon Ford

Sweeping Bend Shot

In 1999 Mercedes-Benz launched the A-class city car, it combined the space and raised driving position of an MPV, with the quality and luxury of the Mercedes brand.

It was a first for the city car sector – space, style and luxury with leather as standard on the Avantgarde model, it sounded like a win from the start.

With petrol prices the way they are small and luxurious city cars seem to be the way forward, and this is where the new Mitsubishi Colt Juro comes onto the scene.

Scary !!

The Colt is really following the A-Class principle of space, style and quality within a reasonable pricing bracket, but is it any good ?

Agressive front end looks nice

Well lets start with the looks!

From the front end the Colt has an aggressive looking stance rarely seen on small city cars, with its raised platform you could be mistaken at first glance of thinking it looks like Mitsubishi’s ASX (which is no bad thing) but then instead of keeping with the aggressive looks all over, the rear end is quite soft and bland (a bit like Jekyll and Hyde).

Looks like an Asx

 

Rear End

Open the doors and you’re greeted with black leather.

The dash in the Colt Juro is a bit generic and slightly outdated with very hard plastic everywhere. The Juro comes with a handheld Navman sat-nav that slots into a specially built dock on the dash (just remember to take it out at night).

Generic but Funtional cabin

The Controls are functional, practical very well laid out and easy to use, if a bit bland but Mitsubishi have tried their best to rectify this, with a ripple effect gearstick and a quirky storage area. The steering wheel is leather trimmed, very comfortable to hold. Even cruise control is standard

Ripple Effect Gearstick

Getting into the back seats is easy enough but they are a weird shape due to the pillar positioning which makes it a bit awkward for the elderly.

Weird Access Shape

Once you’re in the back the space is enormous for the size of the car, it really is massive. The raised roof gives the car a good feeling of space, the legroom is good and you could get two 6 footers in no problem at all.

Plenty Of Legroom

Boot space is up on the last generation Colt and comes with a full flat floor which replaces removable rear seats. With the seats up you can fit around 5 shopping bags or as demonstrated here 2 car booster seats.

With the seats down space increases to a very good 1.032 litres of space.

Mean And Moody

Ok what’s it like to drive?

Turn the key, and the 1.3 94bhp engine fires into life very quietly and without fuss.

The gearbox is very slick and a joy to use but spoilt by an uncomfortable gearstick.

The steering is nice and light but a little vague at times, and the 1.3 engine is best suited for city driving as it’s quite boomy and needs to be worked hard at times. There’s bodyroll but that’s caused by the 1 size fits all seats which lack support.

Is it all doom and gloom?

Well the answer is no!

Up The Khyber

I thought i’d take the Colt Juro off the beaten track and see how it copes with rutted single file country lanes of the A809  to test out the free revving engine and fantastic gearbox.

And to be honest I had some fun. The steering tightens up at higher speeds and doesn’t feel detatched from the wheels, the engine pulls very well and when you’re on the twisty stuff the tyres squabble for grip. Ok there’s still plenty of body roll due to the seats and the engine gets a bit loud, but you do get a nice grin on your face when it happens.

A809

Then I went to see what things the Mitsubishi Colt Juro could beat in everyday circumstances – 1st thing I beat was a Mustang!

Mustang vs Colt

The next thing the Colt beat was a Dodge Ram

DODGE(ING) RAM(s)

So what did I think of the Mitsubishi Colt Juro?

Well like I hinted earlier the Colt is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde Car. It does some things well and some things not so well for instance.

I like the gearbox, the space, the spec, the price £10,499 and the fact you can have fun in it.

A couple of things I didn’t like included the unsupportive seats, boomy engine and vague steering.

Which is a shame as I really wanted to love the Colt for making a small luxury, fun car at a good Price. I’d even forgive it for not having either a remote or internal boot release.

Would I buy one?

On this occasion I’d have to say no. Sorry Mitsubishi.

Simonscarspots would like to thank Mitsubishi UK, Mitsubishi Press, Shona Shoe and Vanessa Nalder, for the use of the Mitsubishi Colt Juro 1.3

 

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Quentin Willson to the Rescue for Saab Owners in the UK

On the 19th December 2011, Saab officially declared bankruptcy, ending almost 65 years of vehicle manufacturing from the Swedish company.

Anyone who owns a Saab registered after March 2009 will most likely find their vehicle warranty null and void, meaning that any mechanical or electrical faults on vehicles registered after this time will not be covered by Saab themselves.

Quentin Willson extended car warranties for UK Saab owners

This is where Quentin Willson comes in. He has vowed to offer every Saab owner, who has been affected by the recent Saab closure, a special deal on a “like for like” extended warranty on their car.

Quentin is the designer of the self acclaimed “UK’s Best Used Car Warranty” as provided by the extended car warranty specialist, Warrantywise.

Warrantywise will offer extended car warranties ranging from 12 to 36 months at a special discounted price to help ease the worry that current Saab owners are facing. And, because Warrantywise offer the UK’s highest level of warranty cover, they are one of only a handful of companies who can match the original cover Saab owners enjoyed.

All Warrantywise warranties include unlimited claims up to the full retail value of your vehicle, as well as recovery, car hire, hotel and travel expenses as standard. And, because it’s been designed by Quentin, all Warrantywise warranties have no betterment clauses, no weasel words, no excess and cover your car when it goes wrong so you don’t have to wait for your Saab to break down before you can make a claim.

Contact Warrantywise at www.warrantywise.co.uk or call 0800 001 4550 for a quotation.

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Musing About The High Price of UK Car Insurance

Along with ever-rising fuel (petrol and diesel) prices in the UK, car insurance premiums have been spiralling upwards and upwards too over recent years, especially for younger drivers. It’s a gutting feeling to have notched up another year’s NCB (no claims bonus) only to find that instead of your NCB discount resulting in a cheaper price than last year, that your renewal premium has actually gone up!

The car insurance firms mainly cite that the premium rises are due to factors such as an increase in uninsured drivers on the road and the rising influence of daytime TV whiplash claims companies. The UK Government has therefore vowed to look in this issue as a matter of importance, as a whole generation of young motorists feel like they are being priced off the roads.

What are your thoughts on car insurance? ?Have you recently received a renewal quote which is more than what you paid last year? Engine size and geographic location don’t seem to have as much influence on the renewal price these days but age does. Is this what you are finding? We would love to hear from you via comments on this blog, about your insurance stories.

Of course, one very good step to take in ensuring that you find the best new car insurance or renewal price for you, is to use a UK car insurance comparison site such as Moneysupermarket.com to compare the car insurance quotes across the market, for you and your vehicle.

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Mitsubishi Outlander 2-2 DI-D Manual GX4 – Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

Mid-size crossover ‘soft-roaders’ have become a wee bit too ubiquitous in recent years so in order for yet another one to save its bacon, it has to prove pretty good as an overall package for the people who will likely end up buying one. Oliver duly embarked on his week with the Outlander with this in mind.

Mitsubishi Outlander 2-2 DI-D Manual GX4 – Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond - lead side photo

Before you delve into the rest of this review, you’ll be pleased to know that you’re not going mad and you don’t need to make an appointment with your optician – the Outlander does look almost identical to two mid-size French SUVs, the Citroen C-Crosser and the Peugeot 4007. This is because PSA, the French firm who own the Peugeot and Citroen brands, wanted to enter the SUV fray and when they heard that Mitsubishi was developing an all-new Outlander, the three of them entered into an agreement. The Outlander formed the core model, the Frenchies being derived from it – so much so that the three vehicles would be aesthetically inseparable from the outside were it not for Continue Reading →

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