0 - 62 mph14.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2116 g/km


..which is the best value supermini of all? June Neary checks out Mitsubishi's solution

Will It Suit Me?

Small Mitsubishi superminis have been around for years, usually called Colts and usually cars about as exciting as a quiet night in reading the European Constitution. Therefore when I heard that a small Mitsi was winging its way to chez Neary, I prepared for the worst, cancelling appointments for that forthcoming week and limiting myself to a three-mile radius of the house. In truth, I needn't have bothered. Neatly styled and very well equipped, the Mirage delivered to me, a 1.2-litre petrol model, was most presentable. In fact I had to go grovelling in order to get myself back onto the guest list of the party I'd blown off only half an hour previously.


In contrast to earlier Mitsubishi Colt models, this Mirage is all the brand's own work and looks quite smart, if a little unadventurously styled, without the big signature design flourishes of the latest generation of cars. But then if you wanted something like a Renault Clio, you'd probably be paying around quite a bit more. I thought that the seats looked smart. There's a slick steering wheel, too, with piano-black inserts and chrome accents. The centre panel with its gloss-black finish enhances the overall texture and gives a more elegant accent to the interior. Plus this car is well packaged, with decent interior space front and rear. In fact, the amount of leg room provided is greater than that on offer from a number of bigger cars we could mention. Boot space isn't at all bad at 235-litres and the 60/40 split rear seatbacks give some extra luggage capacity. In-cabin storage consists of three cup holders, pockets in the front door, a deep storage tray at the base of the centre stack and a reasonably sized glove box with a small tray above it.

Behind the Wheel

I didn't expect this to be any kind of driver's car - and it isn't. My passengers were pleased to find that in my time with it, I cruised everywhere below the speed limit: it's that kind of car. You simply don't feel like pushing on. Buyers get one engine choice, an 80PS 1.2-litre unit, but you do get the option of a CVT automatic gearbox that really takes the drag out of city driving. This engine is quite perky, getting to 60mph in 11.7 seconds and running onto 112mph.

Value For Money

Prices start at around £10,500, which makes this a very good value supermini indeed given the amount of standard equipment that includes. Even the base 'Verve'-spec model gives you remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a rear spoiler, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat and Bluetooth connectivity, including music streaming. The 'Design' version adds 15-inch black and silver alloy wheels, keyless entry, the 6.5-inch 'SDA' centre-dash infotainment screen, faux leather and fabric seats, a height adjustable passenger's seat, rear privacy glass, electric folding door mirrors, a leather-trimmed gear lever and a red accent for the front grille. The top 'First Edition' variant adds an array of safety and luxury equipment, including a Forward Collision Mitigation system, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, cruise control, heated front seats, climate control air conditioning and front fog lights. On to day to day running costs. Here's where the Mirage really gets into its stride. Yes, I'm aware that most superminis are pretty good in this regard, but it's often been the case that the less you spend on your supermini, the older and less efficient the engine is. It can indeed be a false economy to buy the cheapest car only to be saddled with mediocre fuel economy, poor emissions and a next to useless warranty. The Mirage counters with up to 56.5mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 105g/km of NEDC-rated CO2 on the 14-inch wheels that come with base 'Verve' trim. It's 53.3mpg and 108g/km with the 'Design' and 'First Edition' models; or 50.4mpg and 106g/km with the 'Design' and 'First Edition' auto derivatives. In running cost terms, one thing you might be encouraged by as a potential buyer is the decently long five year warranty - though that's slightly spoiled by the brand's insistence on limiting it to 62,500 miles.

Could I Live With One?

I was initially a little wary of the Mirage but once sampled, it's a car that's at once remarkably vice-free and intensely likeable. If Mitsubishi can get more people to realise quite how good it is, they could well have a sleeper hit on their hands.

  • Privacy glass
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rear window demister with timer
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Side and rear window privacy glass
  • Intermittent rear wiper with washer
  • Front variable wipers with washer

  • Hill start assist
  • Brake assist function
  • Active stability and traction control
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

  • Floor + luggage area carpets
  • Needle punch floor carpet

  • Android Auto
  • Apple car play

  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Eco mode
  • Electric power steering

  • Remote fuel lid opener

  • 7" display screen
  • Smartphone link audio display
  • Odometer/trip meter
  • Average fuel consumption display
  • Exterior temperature display
  • Centre multi information display
  • Tachometer
  • Door ajar warning lamp
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer

  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Manually dimming rear view mirror

  • Gloss black dashboard

  • Aux input
  • 4 speaker Audio system with Radio
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth with music streaming
  • DAB radio

  • Front grille with red line
  • Black door sashes
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Side airdams
  • Rear spoiler
  • Front airdam
  • Body colour door handles

  • Automatic headlights
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Halogen daytime running lights
  • LED rear lamps
  • Manual adjustable headlamp
  • Rear high-mounted stop lamp
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • Halogen headlamps

  • Pollen filter
  • Manual air conditioning

  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Glovebox
  • Parcel shelf
  • Front door pockets
  • Leather gear lever
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Passenger under seat tray
  • Synthetic leather/cloth upholstery
  • Front and rear cup holders
  • Fabric door trim
  • Drivers footrest
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column adjustment
  • Coat hangers
  • Luggage floorbox
  • Silver air outlet trims

  • Front interior lamp
  • Luggage area lamp

  • Seatbelt warning lamp
  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners/force limiters/ELR
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Reinforced Impact safety evolution (RISE) body safety system
  • 3-point front seatbelts
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Front, side and curtain airbags
  • 2x 2nd row ISOFIX child seat mountings

  • Slide/recline adjustable front seats
  • Driver and front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable rear head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Steering lock
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Immobiliser
  • Central door locking
  • Keyless entry and start operation system

  • Front tow hook

  • Driver's vanity mirror

  • 15" alloy wheels

  • Tyre inflation kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 108
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 106
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 101
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 116
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 5 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1193

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 53.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 64.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 55.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.1

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 15D
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Badge Power: 71
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.: N
  • EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.: N
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Design Pro
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 62500
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 52
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 75
  • Engine Torque - NM: 102
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 71
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 14.1
  • Top Speed: 104
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 10.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 175/55 R15
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 175/55 R15
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 15" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1505
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3845
  • Width: 1665
  • Wheelbase: 2450

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 880
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1340
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 35
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 175
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 200
  • Max. Loading Weight: 460
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 9.2

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £515
  • Pearlescent paint: £555

  • Metallic - Sand yellow: £515
  • Metallic - Atlantic Grey: £515

  • Pearl - Cosmos black: £555
  • Pearl - Purple berry: £555

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Synthetic leather/cloth - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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