This is a budget car and it looks and feels it. Creature comfort is quite limited.
Comfort and Refinement
Mitsubishi has shoehorned more room into the Mirage than the larger and heavier Colt model it replaces. It can accommodate five adults in reasonable comfort for the overall size of car. It isn’t bad for headroom, and although knee-room is a bit sparse you are not really squashed in. Some similar priced cars can only carry four, so this one has an advantage there.
This is a budget car and it looks and feels it. Creature comfort is quite limited. The seats feel built down to a keen price, and the furnishings are generally pretty low-rent. All the plastic surfaces are hard, the switches are a bit clunky, and the carpets are thin and cheap-looking. So don’t expect to feel cosseted. The driver’s seat does have height adjustment though.
The Mirage’s aerodynamic efficiency means that there is minimal air movement noise over the bodywork, but you are quite aware of the engine at work and there is more road noise permeating up from under the body than we would like.
Safety and Security
The Mirage has yet to be tested for crash protection under the Euro NCAP programme, but its safety provision is pretty reasonable for a budget model. Across the range it comes equipped with six airbags as standard kit, and the anti-lock braking system includes electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD). It also has Active Stability Control (ASC) and traction control, brake assist and emergency stop system (ESS).
Included in the standard kit list is a radio-CD player, air-conditioning and remote central locking. Other equipment that comes with the standard price of the Mirage 3 includes front and rear parking sensors, a roof spoiler, powered rear windows, automatic lights and rain sensing wipers, electrically adjustable door mirrors, an outside temperature gauge and a rev counter.
- Chevrolet Spark
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What We Liked
- Modestly priced
- Light weight means pretty good economy
- 100 g/km or less for all versions
- Tight turning circle
- Automatic version available with CVT (continuously variable) transmission
- Standard air conditioning on all but the basic version
- Electric front windows and central locking on all versions
- Reasonable ride comfort
- Good aerodynamic efficiency, very modest wind noise
- Useful dashboard meter to help optimize fuel economy
What We Disliked
- Looks and feels low-rent
- Handling a bit sloppy, rolls on the bends
- Thin, cheap-looking carpets
- Low powered, not very responsive to drive
- Quite a lot of road noise from under the car
- Squeaks and rattles
What We Would Like To See
- Better quality fixtures and fittings
- Improved build quality
With budget cars in demand in these tough economic times, Mitsubishi’s little Mirage is the right size and price to capture the interest of bargain-hunter car buyers. Unfortunately it is a budget car that really feels it, and it is up against some very tough competition. There are other similar-size, similar-price cars that frankly look and feel more modern and better quality and as a result are more appealing.29 April 2013
Mitsubishi Mirage Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi Mirage 3 1.2|
|Body Type||5-door Hatchback|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||72.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 29/04/13)||£11,999|