What is it?
This is the new Mitsubishi Colt CZ1, the base model of the recently updated range. It is powered by the same three-cylinder 1.1-litre engine that the previous generation shared with the Smart.
It goes without saying that the Colt has some tough competition in this class. Small hatchbacks remain as desirable as ever, and at the end of last year Ford showed just how high the bar could be raised, with its sophisticated new Fiesta.
That said, the Mitsubishi Colt CZ1's main attributes are immediately apparent; it is light at 930kg, relatively economical and reasonably well equipped. And thanks to the adoption of the Lancer's aggressive nose treatment, it now comes with a purposeful new look.
What's it like?
Not brilliant, at least as far as cabin quality is concerned. No one expects a sub-£8000 car to be carved from granite, but with cheap-feeling plastic and even cheaper switchgear, the Colt struggles to exude the kind of basic toughness that normally heralds trouble-free budget motoring.