What is it?
Charmingly effortless take on the city car idea. Calling it after a young horse seems a bit flawed, but they get away with. Don't expect it to grow up to be an Evo X though. Now very aged, mind, and soon to be replaced by the much better Mirage.
The Colt has proper hot hatch characteristics, with sharp steering, lots of grip and an agile chassis. It doesn't roll much either, despite that high roof line, meaning it's remarkably composed in a quick corner. The ride is a bit firm to the point of uncomfortable, sadly. The weedy 1.1-litre is city only stuff, but the turbocharged 1.5-litre is a corker, with bags of grunt and enough torque to make even motorway driving a doddle.
On the inside
The Colt has an ace up its sleeve on this score. Not only is it just plain big inside, with loads of light and headroom front and rear, the back seats are totally removable, creating a sort of micro van.
It should come as no surprise that the Colt is well built. The Japanese have had a handle on that for some time now. But it's also really imaginatively designed and nicely finished in here too.
Good fuel economy and low tax brackets make the Colt inherently cheap to run, but beware of the CZ2's insurance. You could end up spending a horribly high percentage of the car's overall value there.