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Mitsubishi Mirage (2013–)

Last updated 31 March 2018

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.
Updated 31 March 2018

Report from an owner that steering of a Mitsubishi Mirage Jura model now self-centres and is much better than the original Mirage.

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Introduction

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.

Owners' reviews

4
Cheap car for getting to work plus a bit more
5
Worth a second look
1
Poor to drive, uncomfortable to sit in and given its poor acceleration it is unsafe!
5
Fantastic little motor that doesn't deserve all the negative comments
4
Not bad and very economical
 

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