Before you buy a Mitsubishi Colt in Uganda

by Edwin

Mitsubishi Colt is a nameplate from Mitsubishi that has been applied to a number of automobiles since 1962. It was first introduced with a series of kei and subcompact cars in the 1960s, and then for the export version of the subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage between 1978 and 2002. Chrysler, Mitsubishi's longtime partner, also used the name when applying its long-running practice of rebadging Mitsubishi vehicles as the Dodge and Plymouth Colt captive imports for the North American market between 1970 and 1994.

Before you buy a Mitsubishi Colt in Uganda

The Mitsubishi Colt has been in production since 1962, thanks to its reliability and low running costs. Its small size makes it perfect for urban environments and its high roofline provides ample cargo space. It can even be had with optional all-wheel drive for improved wet weather performance.

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Buying a foreign used Mitsubishi Colt from a local Ugandan car bond

You can also find car bonds in Uganda specifically within Kampala from which you can buy your Mitsubishi Colt. However, you have to do good research in order to find a reputable car bond or dealer who will be able to provide you with the car that will meet your needs and above all genuinely imported into Uganda.

You need to look out for prices and discounts. Local car bonds may not charge the same prices for the same car. Prices of the Mitsubishi Colt may be affected by mileage of the car, condition of the car, model, and year of manufacture.

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Importing a foreign Used Mitsubishi Colt from Japan or other parts of the world

In case if you prefer to import your own Mitsubishi Colt from say Japan, things change a bit. First it would require you to find a trusted dealer or seller in that regard, determine your specific car features and requirements, expected budget you plan to spend on buying the car and well calculated taxes to be paid to the tax authorities in order to clear Land Rover Defender.

It is also very important to examine the car upon arrival to check and see if all the car components are included in the car as it was shown to you before buying it. You need to watch out for car spare tires, car jack, radio, navigation systems, window buttons among other things as compared to the vehicle previews shown to you by the car dealer abroad.

The taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees basing on the CIF of the Audi Q5 from Japan.

On arrival to Kampala, Uganda, you will have to clear the taxes at The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), apply and pay for a number plate and then the third party license. You will also notice the some of these charges or fees differ from other vehicles.

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General Mitsubishi Colt reviews for Uganda

The Mitsubishi Colt has been on sale in its current guise since 2004, although a facelift in 2008 brought the Evo-style nose that still helps it stand out on the road today. This rival to the Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20 and Kia Rio is available as a three-door or five-door hatchback, with a choice of 1.1, 1.3 and 1.5-litre petrol engines. But while eco-friendly stop-start technology can be specified on 1.3-litre models, it doesn’t improve efficiency as much as you would hope, and no car in the range has low enough emissions to be exempt from road tax.

Let’s look at its performance and general drive experience. The Mitsubishi Colt is an easy car to drive, especially around town – if you ignore the large, obstructive A-pillars. Urban roads are the natural habitat of the 75bhp 1.1-litre three-cylinder engine, which provides nippy performance and a pleasing sound. Buyers can also choose from 95bhp 1.3 and 147bhp turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engines, which are reasonably refined – the latter features in the sporty top-spec Ralliart model, which has firmer sports suspension for a more thrilling driving experience. But whatever’s under the bonnet, the Colt is agile and entertaining, with a decent amount of grip.

Looking at the interior and the design, the Mitsubishi Colt scores beyond average. The Mitsubishi Colt has a similar supermini-MPV-style look to the original Honda Jazz in profile, and when the nose of the rally bred Lancer Evo was grafted on to the car in 2008, the styling was given a welcome shot in the arm. As the Colt is quite a rare sight on the road, it still stands out today. But inside, it’s showing its age in terms of design and equipment, and although everything feels solidly screwed together, the hard plastics don’t help matters. You sit a bit lower in the three-door, which gives it a sportier feel, although the five-door is only 140mm longer and has an identical wheelbase.

And when you get inside the Colt, the Mitsubishi Colt feels quite spacious inside, although its interior is nowhere near as clever as you have to lift the parcel shelf manually. As it doesn’t drop back down again, it’s easy to drive off with it still obscuring your rearward view. Boot space trails rivals like the Hyundai i20, too, with the tiny 160-litre load bay expanding to only 568 litres with the seats folded the Jazz’s. Mitsubishi no longer offers the sliding rear seat in this car – it now just splits and folds – while

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Availability of Mitsubishi Colt Spares parts in Uganda

The Colt spares are readily available. Unlike other car brands like those from Europe and the USA, Mitsubishi spare parts can be got here in Uganda. Any car garage around Kampala can give you good guidance about how you can access you Colt’s spare parts.

Common Mitsubishi Colt complaints in Uganda

The Colt is generally an urban car. So, due to its level ground clearance level, it makes it had to go through upcountry roads. Secondly, Mitsubishi spares are more costly and compared to rival car makers Toyota. So, this makes it a bit tough to own a Colt in Uganda.

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Our Conclusion

The Mitsubishi Colt has distinctive looks, proven reliability and it’s generally fun to drive. So in case you need a hatchback with those features, then the Colt should not miss on your list.

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