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Mitsubishi Mirage

JUST A MIRAGE? (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

Mitsubishi answers the call for an affordable, decent quality modern supermini with its Mirage. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Reviewword count: 81

If you object to the way that superminis are so pricey nowadays but you don't like the idea of a budget brand one, then here's a different option for you to consider, the Mitsubishi Mirage. Previously, it looked and felt a bit cheap, but Mitsubishi has moved to change that with this latest version, offering smarter looks, greater efficiency and a plusher cabin. It's not luxuriously finished or especially dynamic to drive but at these prices who's complaining? Worth a look.

Backgroundword count: 203

Small cars are designed for people who want motoring conducted on a very small operating budget. But that doesn't necessarily mean that buyers of this sort are looking for a budget feel. Some want their sense and sensibility with a bit of style - and maybe a little of the luxury that they've been used to when owning larger cars in the past. It's at these people that Mitsubishi is targeting this car, the Mirage. You haven't heard of it? Then you're not alone. Which is disappointing for Mitsubishi since when it turns its hand to compact little cars, this Japanese brand tends to do them rather well. Not that this happens very often. Prior to this current Mirage model's original arrival here in the Spring of 2013, you have to look as far back as 2004 to find the last time this manufacturer brought an all new design into the small car sector - and that under-rated Colt model was more of a Fiesta-sized supermini. This Mirage represented Mitsubishi's first stab at the more affordable citycar segment for slightly smaller runabouts and it's been progressive upgraded since, most notably in early 2020 to create the car we're going to look at here.

Driving Experienceword count: 208

You don't have to spend too long looking at the engineering of the Mirage to realise that it's been developed down to a price, with cost of running as a priority. Therefore it's not really fair to expect it to be a pin-sharp driver's car. For this revised version, Mitsubishi has continued to focus on its 80PS 1.2-litre MIVEC petrol powerplant, provided as before with either manual or CVT automatic transmission that takes the drag out of city driving. This engine is quite perky, in manual guise getting to 60mph in 11.7 seconds and running onto 112mph. The suspension has been tuned for ride comfort rather than handling precision, which is what most buyers need for urban use. The powerplant can be a little strained when you get it out of town and you will notice a fair amount of wind noise at speed, with the three-cylinder engine also adding a thrumming accompaniment. It's nothing you couldn't live with though. The steering is geared for ease of use at low speeds, which makes parking very easy at the detriment of high-speed precision. All round vision out of the car isn't at all bad, with just the thick rear three quarter pillars that affect most superminis earning a demerit.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

Combined mpg:

65.7

Extra urban mpg:

72.4

Height (mm):

1505

Length (mm):

3795

Max Speed (mph):

107

112

Power ps:

79

... and 4 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Small Runabouts

Performance
50%
Handling
50%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
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