Drive – Mitsubishi Mirage Review

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Mitsubishi Mirage

Peter McKay

Make Family Mirage Series LA Year 2013 Badge ES Doors 5 Seats 5 Transmission Engine Configuration Description Gear Num 5 Cylinders 3 Build Origin Description THAILAND Car Light Overall Green Rating 5 Fuel Type Petrol – Unleaded ULP Description Front Wheel Warranty KM 130000

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Mitsubishi Motors Australia has an 11th-hour rescue of its all-new insisting a raft of changes be to the five-door hatch in the tight between a media preview in Thailand and the local introduction.

The production version that on sale around Australia January 23 should respond to areas of criticism, including a disconcerting body roll, and a shiny, plastic-y interior.

sound-deadening in key areas, the addition of a stabiliser bar on the suspension, and revised materials (including a welcome to a beige/black two-tone on fascia and all contribute to a much improved car.

The new Mirage is still way of being a great car. But a better car than it threatened to be a few ago. Mitsubishi now believes it can its flagging passenger-car fortunes to the of about 1000 sales

Its appeal to its target market is a of its hot launch pricing #8211; the model ES manual starts at drive away, with a $1000 Westfield gift for early buyers #8211; interior room, manoeuvrability and its fuel efficiency of 4.6 litres/100km its 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine.

The gearbox is a five-speed manual, tall gearing to help the good fuel economy But our pick is the excellent auto CVT continuously variable transmission.

it’s not quite as economical as the it always seems to be in the right for the task. Mitsubishi expects two-thirds of buyers to fork out the $2500 for the CVT.

The expected for the Mirage is two-thirds female and skewed to the young. The average of Mirage shoppers is about Because so many are first-time brand loyalty will be

Two women, aged 19 and 25, who sampled the during the press launch, its value, economy, user-friendliness, funky colour choices, and playfulness.

They were with trivialities, such as its to climbing hills, or its inelegant

In this end of the market, cute beats chic.

Mitsubishi’s warranty and capped servicing for the first 60,000km are other to buyers on a budget.

The Thai-built doesn’t come close to the price of Australia’s cheapest the Chinese-made Chery J1, a piddling drive-away.

But the Mirage is a much vehicle to drive to the shops and to have a crash in, thanks to six and standard stability control.

reasonably well specified, the Chery J1 has just two airbags and no control system.

The Mirage’s light-car market combatants be Toyota Yaris, Suzuki Honda Jazz, Holden Spark, Hyundai i20, Kio Rio and the VW Up. Most are more expensive.

a maximum output of 57kW at and of 100Nm of torque at 4000rpm, the will never threaten with whiplash. But in all but climbing it motors along acceptably, its maximum load of five might be a tough test.

Mitsubishi says modern worry less about size than in the past, and the 1.2-litre three-cylinder won’t shoppers.

The Mirage engine the green vote with variable valve timing that optimally matches valve timing to engine and load. At the same time, the of ever-better fuel economy that air intake and exhaust fuel system, cooling and other ancillary systems been subjected to extensive while friction losses and in all moving parts have reduced.

There are three starting with the well-featured ES, is offered standard with the six airbags and stability control, Bluetooth phone connectivity audio streaming, USB/AUX CD player, power windows and rake-adjustable steering column, power steering, leather wheel with phone and controls, and central locking keyless entry.

The seat trim is plain black seat fabric with a polka-dot pattern. bins and drink holders are all around the cabin. There is a 235-litre luggage area, more versatile by the 60-40 rear seat.

Spare is a acceptable for a car destined to be used in metro areas.

Hill Control is standard on all models CVT.

The (only slightly) Mirage Sport has 14-inch wheels, door sash four speakers (up from and a body colour rear with high mount lamp. The Sport is an extra on the base ES.

Starting from drive away, the LS gets soft, waffle-weave seat in black and purple, keyless and start button, climate-control automatic rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps, front fog roof spoiler, door blackout and 15-inch alloy

From behind the wheel, the has excellent forward and side due to the low-set belt line and of A-pillars.

Headroom is generous in any of the seats, while a person of can get comfortable in the rear while behind a driver of similar

The front buckets are nicely to support the upper body. seats are flat #8211; all the says Mitsubishi, to mount car seats. All three rear have head rests and belts.

Mitsubishi Mirage

On some twisty on the outskirts of the urban sprawl, the never got close to scaring or its occupants. The addition of a front bar has removed much of the excess roll without exacerbating any for the front to push out in corners also known as understeer.

The with its guttural throb of the old three-cylinder Daihatsu Charade at its best when linked to the CVT

It pulls well enough on the and is at its happiest down hill. added sound-deadening in the rear has reduced road noise to

Brakes #8211; disc and drum rears #8211; on keeping on, helped, no doubt, by the weight of about 890kg.

The power-steering, criticised by some at the drive on a race track, was not an around the ‘burbs. And the ride was although on one dip in the road, the left tyre possibly grabbed the guard under suspension

Skinny tyres are de rigueur the Mirage but they hang on enough. A small turning makes the Mirage a snip to and manoeuvre.

Of course, many buyers will be more in colour selections than the dynamic abilities: for them,#160; the palette is Mulberry, Red Planet, Blue, Midnight Black, Silver and White.


Price (all prices $12,990 (ES), $14,490 $16,990

(LS); CVT auto another $2500

Engine: 3-cylinder

Power: 57kW at

Torque: 100Nm at 4000prm

5-speed manual (optional

Weight: 865kg (manual), (auto)

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