The Mitsubishi Colt Plus was introduced in 2004 as a larger version of the Colt hatchback. Back then it was designed by Mitsubishi of Japan, it wasn’t introduced to the Taiwan market until 2007. However, fast forward to 2014, Mitsubishi abroad no longer produces the Colt and in many other markets such as Australia, Thailand, and the United States now sell it’s replacement the subcompact Mirage. However, Mitsubishi Taiwan’s partner company CMC a.k.a. China Motor Corp. decided not to assemble or import the smaller newer Mirage locally. Instead CMC decided to give the Colt Plus a facelift/redesign. Therefore, the new Colt Plus is now sold exclusively in Taiwan, it’s not even sold in China!
Looks wise it’s rather bland looking, not the prettiest vehicle to look at, has only 112 horsepower, but it’s rated at 19.2 km/L (45 mpg). The engine is the same 1.5L MIVEC as before. Where as the previous Colt Plus had a 4 speed automatic transmission, this new one now has a CVT with a 7 speed sport mode for those who want to have some more fun behind the wheel by pretending to shift some gears. Also new are LED tail lights and LED running lights under the headlights. LED is all the rage in Taiwan these days, it must be included even on an A segment car!
Cargo capacity is where the Colt Plus shines. The trunk is huge and the floor can be height adjusted to allow taller items to fit in nicely. The back seats fold 60/40 and there is a smart one-touch leverage in the trunk you can pull to let the seats move down. Also on the smart key you open the tailgate with a press of a button. The abundance of storage bins this car has! The front passenger seat underneath has a storage box for shoes or books. A hook placed on the back of the passenger seat and in the cargo area allows you to hang bags. For an A-segment vehicle the Colt Plus is quite large. The interior is roomy and the passengers in the back have enough space to stretch their legs.
3 out of 5
The Colt Plus is just basically an update of a not so pretty looking car. It’s definitely better to drive and much more stable at highway speeds than the Mitsubishi Mirage sold abroad. CMC didn’t make the it look cute as some other subcompacts try to be, but it definitely does what it’s suppose to by being a people and cargo hauler.