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Mitsubishi Mirage LS car review
- Vital Stats
$12,990 - $17,740
After a few years out of the action, the all-new Mitsubishi Mirage is back on the streets, shaking its compact little behind with joy. The Mirage is cute as a button, cheap and cheerful, and extremely fuel-efficient too.
Style & drive
The five-seater Mirage comes in three spec levels - ES, ES Sport and LS - with the option of five-speed manual or CVT auto. We test-drove the top-spec LS CVT auto model ($17,740).
After driving the streets of Sydney for the previous few weeks in SUVs or large sedans, the compact hatch felt a lot like a dodgem car when we first climbed in ... and it sounded like someone had nabbed a lawnmower engine and installed it on the sly. After doing a bit of research, we discovered that the Mirage does in fact have a legit car engine. It's a 1.2L three cylinder MIVEC engine that gives the base ES manual model a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 4.6L/100km and C02 emissions of 109g/km. The LS auto that I drove isn't far behind with fuel efficiency of 4.9L/100km and C02 emissions of 115g/km.
Driving dynamics are average to good, and it's perfectly acceptable for city driving. Parking in a tight spot is so easy we didn't really even miss the rear parking sensors or reversing camera that come standard on so many vehicles these days.
The interior design of the Mirage is simple and streamlined. The rear bench seat feels like a bit of a throwback to the 1980s and isn't all that comfortable for full-size humans on a long journey. The rest of the interior design is fairly modern.
The Mirage ES comes standard with a CD player with USB and AUX input and Bluetooth with audio streaming. Extras on the LS include dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, climate-control air-conditioning, keyless start and keyless entry on the driver's side. For a small car the legroom isn't too bad at all, and you can squeeze a full-size pram in the boot if you take one of the pram's wheels off or take the cargo cover off.
The Mirage has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes with six airbags, including front, front side, full-length curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag. The Mirage body uses Mitsubishi Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) design to provide outstanding passenger protection in the event of an accident. It also offers an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC), and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). For car seats there are three tether anchors in the rear bench seat, and two ISOFIX child restraint hooks for super safe car seat installation.
Eco (Mirage LS CVT)
Fuel consumption: 4.9L/100km
CO2 emission: 115g/km.
Mirage ES 1.2L 5-speed Manual - $12,990
Mirage ES 1.2L CVT Auto - $15,240
Mirage ES Sport 1.2L 5-speed Man - $14,190
Mirage ES Sport 1.2L CVT Auto - $16,440
Mirage LS 1.2L 5-speed Man - $15,490
Mirage LS 1.2L CVT Auto - $17,740.
Describe the car in 3 words
Compact, cheap, cheerful.
What are the best things about this car?
The price - a great runabout car that'll get you from A to B, and it has keyless entry and keyless start.
And the downsides?
Sounds like it has a lawnmower engine.
What does it run on?
Yes! You can park it anywhere, it turns on a dime, and is very affordable.
If personified, who would this car be?
(Review by Georgia Bartlett.)