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MITSUBISHI MIRAGE REVIEWS

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Mitsubishi Mirage is still quite a character

SOURCE: STUFF | YEAR: 2016 | WORDS: DAVID LINKLATER | PHOTOS: DAVID LINKLATER

There are certain boxes that entry-level city cars have to tick.

They have to be inexpensive, obviously. Easy to operate because they appeal to a certain buyer base that just wants A-to-B urban transport. Good warranty/support for the demographic just identified. And thrifty too, otherwise what’s the point?

Giving a city car character is difficult and, to be honest, optional given the criteria above. But it’s a nice bonus when you get it.

Against that backdrop, meet the facelifted Mitsubishi Mirage. It’s a mild makeover at best: the jellymould frontal styling has been sharpened up with a more prominent grille and some extra chrome, while there have been some detail trim changes inside.

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) has also ditched the two-tier model range in favour of a single XLS model with pretty decent specification: you get 15-inch alloys, non-functional roof spoiler, tinted glass and an audio system with USB input/Bluetooth streaming.

Ease of operation? Check. Things couldn’t be simpler inside the Mirage: manual dial adjustment for the air conditioning, a completely conventional stereo system (touch screen: what touch screen?) and large buttons on the centre console.



Trade Me Mitsubishi Mirage Review

Mitsubishi Mirage XLS 2016 car review

SOURCE: TRADE ME | YEAR: 2016 | WORDS AND PHOTOS: RICHARD EDWARDS (AUTO MEDIA GROUP)

When the Mirage is put to the test its attributes shine. A perky engine, relative efficiency, and an interior and trunk that appear relatively class leading.

This thing is airy and spacious for a tiny car considering its diminutive footprint – we managed three six-foot men in the Mirage. It was not the lap of luxury, but fine for a city dash.

The 3-cylinder 1.2-litre powerplant is torquey and bubbly. It’s not refined, but then no three-cylinder is. Numbers are modest, just 58kW and 102Nm produced. But at least it is relatively efficient, on a combined cycle it will use just 4.9-litres per 100km. We have achieved less in the car. A lot of that is down to its pairing with a CVT transmission, meaning the drivetrain is relatively relaxed when up to speed. But it can be a little frantic getting there, and maintaining highway speed.

Nor is it a handler. Soft, with lots of roll, is the order of the day and surprisingly slow steering for what should be a nippy little car. Brakes are sufficient but not stunning.



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