Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good After a brief respite from the market the Mirage is back and better than ever. Hitting Australian shores in January 2013.

The nimble little Mirage measures in at 3,710mm long, 1,665m wide and 1,500mm high, and although it looks small, it's actually quite generous inside.

The Mirage features a clean and simplistic design that makes it very approachable and friendly - the front bumper features a lower grille that appears to be smiling.

The Mirage also provides excellent visibility 360 degrees due to the low-set belt line and the A-pillars that sit closer to front occupants.

From the side the Mirage has a gently curving roof line that results in better headroom for rear seat passengers.

The Mirage Sport receives 14-inch alloy wheels, roof spoiler, four speakers and door sash blackout.

Mirage LS variants get front fog lamps, roof spoiler, door sash blackout and 15-inch alloy wheels.

There is also a rich palette of colours to choose from when purchasing a Mirage, available in Cyber Blue (LS only), Red Planet (LS only), Midnight Black (LS only), Cool Silver, White and one of Car Verdicts favorite colours the famous Mulberry.
Not so good Although the Mirage's appearance isn't exactly ground breaking, it isn't offensive either.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Inside, the Mirage is pretty spacious. The cream highlights that run under the dash and door inserts give the cabin a fresh and lofty feel.

The centre dash has a nice layout and isn't overly complicated, with clearly labelled buttons and controls for easy operation.

Seating is quite comfortable and there is even enough room for a few in the back, although three adults in the back might feel a little squished over longer journeys.
Not so good The cream highlights do lift the interior feel, but don't really contrast with the rest of the interior - but hey that's just our opinion.
Performance

Performance

Good Powering the Mirage range is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that produces a maximum output of 57kW at 6000rpm and generates maximum torque of 100Nm at 4000rpm.

The engine is matched to a five-speed manual as standard or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) at an added cost.

Both transmissions do a great job in transferring power to the front wheels, the 1.2-litre engine has a tiny rumble that is unique to three-cylinder engines.

The Mirage isn't going to win any races off the line but it does have enough get up and go for general driving.
Not so good As a town runabout the Mirage fairs quite well, but at highway speeds the engine starts to drone, especially vehicles equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The Mirage ES is great for manoeuvring in-and-around town with a turning radius of just 4.4 metres, with the LS model close behind at 4.6 metres.

With its easy-to-drive nature and outstanding manoeuvrability, the Mirage makes for the perfect city car. Parking is made a breeze with its stubby rear and great visibility.

Out on the road the Mirage feels nimble and quite responsive, the suspension soaks up most impurities in the road with ease.
Not so good Steering feel is a bit on the soft side and steering feedback isn't the greatest, but hey, driving hard isn't what this cars intended for.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Great value for money buying is what the Mitsubishi Mirage does well, really well in fact with its low starting price and great list of standard features.

Perfect for first time car owners and people looking for an inexpensive second car that is new.

Safety is also high on the list with a 5 Star ANCAP rating, the Mitsubishi Mirage includes a range of standard safety systems with six SRS airbags (driver and front passenger, side and curtain), ABS with Electronic Brake force Distribution and Active Stability Control.

There is also peace of mind in knowing that the Mirage comes with Mitsubishi's 5 year/130,000km* New Car Warranty, Capped Price Servicing and a 1 year Diamond Advantage Roadside Assist program.
Not so good With it's 5 Star ANCAP rating and 5 year New Car Warranty, you can't really fault the Mirage at this price.

The Mitsubishi Mirage is easily a 3.5 star car at its entry price point, but as you go up in the model range it doesn't quite compare as well against its competitors.