It’s great to see the return of the Mitsubishi Mirage. A way back in the mid-seventies, Mitsubishi kicked off the introduction of the Mirage as the fuel crisis hit. Initially, two petrol engines were created that put out 53 kW and 60 kW respectively. Now, some four decades later, the Mitsubishi mirage has grown into a dependable, small hatch that is remarkably efficient and roomy. This is the replacement for the outgoing Mitsubishi Colt, and, with all the new design and technology, this will be an excellent priced small hatch for any of you on the lookout for a nice driving, comfortable and efficient small car.
Mitsubishi have cleverly kept the costs of producing the new Mirage low, and with the use of plenty of rational design work, the end result is a very roomy and functional little car with tidy, hard wearing plastics tastefully fitted together for aesthetic appeal. You can fit three adults across the rear seat, while their legroom remains surprisingly good. When it comes to loading up the cargo area, if more space is required, you can take advantage of the 60/40 split-fold rear seats. A twin-toned dash has a central zone for the audio system, cooling /heating functions, ipod connectivity and auxiliary input jacks. Opt for the Mitsubishi Mirage LS, and climate control air conditioning and a push start/stop button for the engine is standard.
Driving the new Mitsubishi Mirage is easy, particularly with the light steering and 4.6 metre turning radius. Easy-to-use controls make for a zippy hatch drive in and around town. On the open road, the Mirage feels well planted and in control. LS models boast rain sensing wipers and fog lights for those wet days travelling.
Mitsubishi Mirage models start with the Mirage ES. This is the base model, however, a lengthy list of standard features make it feel a well-appointed car. Active Stability Control and six airbags are standard. Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and air-conditioning are present, while Active Stability Control (ASC) and Hill Start Control (HSC – CVT only) are also available features, and impressive.
The 1.2-litre DOHC MIVEC engine is petrol fed and standard across the Mirage range. So, the next model, the Mitsubishi Mirage Sport, adds 14-inch alloy wheels, a door sash blackout feature, a body coloured rear spoiler with a high mount stop lamp and four speakers for the audio system.
Step up to the Mirage LS, and 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, climate control air conditioning, automatic rain sensing wipers, automatic dusk sensing headlamps and the push start button feature complete the package.
Now… more on the engine. Actually, with DOHC technology, the 57 kW is sprightly. What is also noteworthy is the MIVEC knowhow returns exceptional fuel economy. On average, a 4.6 litres/100 km fuel consumption is pretty sharp in any car.
A nice array of exterior colours brings out the pleasant Mitsubishi Mirage body shape, and you won’t quibble with a 5 year/130,000 km warranty now, either.
The current Mitsubishi Mirage models include the:
For any more information on the new Mitsubishi Mirage or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181. If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Mitsubishi dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours. Private Fleet – car buying made easy!
Back to Mitsubishi Car Reviews