The Mitsubishi Mirage is a range of vehicles manufactured between 1978 and 2003 and reproduced again starting 2012. Earlier models were mostly subcompact cars but along the way compact models were also made available. A Mirage offered differed depending on the market it was sold in, but primarily in name only. In the United Kingdom though, a Mirage is known as a Mirage. It was previously called the Colt but when the Mirage was reintroduced in 2012 the former had to take a backseat. This reintroduction paved the way for the sixth-generation Mirage which was first previewed the year before at the Geneva Auto Show. Taking inspiration from the Nissan Micra, the newest Mirage decided to focus on simpler mechanical features and design.
The Mitsubishi Mirage replaced the Colt, a car based off the same platform as the Smart Forfour. With the Mirage, there is nothing at all that links the vehicle to the Forfour. It makes no pretentions, diving straight into basics to offer good value coupled with outstanding efficiency. It also looks out for the environment because according to Mitsubishi it is the first car range in the UK to have all variants emit less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide.
The Mirage achieves this because it is a neat little package. It takes advantage of lightweight engineering, allowing the vehicle to weigh just 845kg in a base 1.0-litre unit. It is just 3,710mm long but it can comfortably seat four adults and even has enough space left for a 235-litre boot.
Many light vehicles suffer from little agility and dynamism and the Mirage is not excluded. However, it maintains reasonable body control comfort and that is to be applauded. It also makes great use of aerodynamics because wind noise is kept very low. And though the three-pot engine contributes to noise levels, the chatter is appealing so you probably won't give it mind.
The Mirage may be ideal for you if you're an individual or young couple that needs to stick to a budget but requires a city ride.
Because it weighs so light, the Mitsubishi Mirage feels like it is a bit lacking in heft. Maybe they went overboard with all this business with lightweight engineering? Inside, inferior plastics are in place which make the cabin look cheap and you can see the roof lining is on the thin side.
Since it is a light vehicle, the Mirage doesn't require high levels of control. Still, some level of control is needed and it has problems with that. For starters, steering is slow and vague, needing a lot of turns before you get anywhere near where you want to be. There's just so much slack that it is sometimes hard to determine which way the wheels would be pointing. Self-centering is short too so that puts the car's dynamics as its weakest spot. And when you're finally on the road, the Mirage does good work of letting you feel every lump and bump you pass.
The Mirage is a deal breaker if you're looking for even just a decent enough drive.
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