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Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart engines, drive and performance

2008 - 2013 (change model)
Performance rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Just one engine is available and it’s the same 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol that was used in the CZT. This delivers 147bhp and a 0-62mph of 7.4 seconds which isn’t quite as quick as the Vauxhall Corsa VXR but is faster than other sporty small cars like the Abarth 500 and Renaultsport Twingo. Thanks to the fact it is turbocharged, it’s good fun to drive with plenty of response low down and a lively, buzzy nature when pushed hard.

It doesn’t always sound that great though and at high revs is coarse rather than sporty, but it delivers its power smoothly. The front wheels translate that power to the road well and the Ralliart only feels light at the front under extreme acceleration. The five-speed manual gearbox has a positive shift, although it’s not quite as slick as you’d expect in hot hatch.

But economy is impressive given the pace with the Colt able to return 41mpg on average.

Compared to the previous CZT, the Colt Ralliart is better to drive with sharper and more responsive steering. It’s still a little on the light side and doesn’t offer too much feel, but it’s far more in tune with the rest of the car. On twisting roads the little Colt is enjoyable to drive with predictable handling, plenty of grip and little body roll.

It now has that fun factor that was previously missing. The steering is light at lower speeds making the Ralliart as easy to park as the standard Colt.