Mitsubishi Mirage (2013) Review

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Mitsubishi Mirage (2013) At A Glance

2/5

+Smart styling, spacious interior and strong three-cylinder 1.2 petrol engine. Emits less than 100g/km of CO2, which makes it eligible for free road tax.

-Disappointing to drive. Steering is slow and lacks feel. Not as good as similarly priced hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Up or Kia Picanto.

Insurance Groups are between 15–16
On average it achieves 90% of the official MPG figure

Mitsubishi went back to the drawing board with its Colt replacement, ditching the old upright styling and injecting some much needed flair into its small car range.

Lighter, faster and funkier than its predecessor, the Mirage is the most aerodynamic car in its class with a drag coefficient of 0.27Cd and has been designed from the ground up with low emissions in mind.

The car weighs just 845kg thanks to the use of high-tensile steel in the body and power comes from either a 71PS 1.0-litre chain cam three-cylinder engine with 88Nm torque or an 80PS 1.2 with 106Nm torque.

The real highlight however is the economy. The 1.2-litre model features an automatic engine start/stop system and all models get low rolling resistance tyres and regenerative braking. As a result the Mirage emits less than 100g/km of CO2 and qualifies for free road tax. Claim fuel consumption starts at 67.3mpg for the entry level 1.0-litre engine and rises to 68.9mpg for the 1.2.

The cabin has plenty of space and gets five-doors as standard. Boot space is a generous 235 litres, which increases to 600 with the seats folded.

The Mirage also features an impressive amount of safety kit, with the use of Mitsubishi's RISE safety body design - Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution – which uses a strong monocoque structure made from ultra-high tensile steel. Brake assist, stability control and an emergency warming system that will blink the hazard lamps under heavy braking is also included on all models.

There are three trims on offer – Mirage 1, 2 or 3 – and top spec models get 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and automatic air con. A CVT automatic is also available with the Mirage 3.

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Real MPG average for a Mitsubishi Mirage (2013)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

90%

Real MPG

42–66 mpg

MPGs submitted

29

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