2016 Mitsubishi Mirage ES at a Glance

Drive

The Mirage is a city car that is specifically designed for short trips and economy. Maximum torque comes at 4000 rpm and you really need to rev the engine hard enough to arrive there. The steering is excellent giving you an excellent grip. The car is amazingly calm and serene and just flows with the traffic effortlessly on the highway. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) operates well with a setting that renders downhill engine braking. There is a boot release within the cabin and to open the boot from the back, a key is needed. Fuel competence is claimed at 4.6 litres per 100 km for the manual and 4.9 litres per 100 km for the auto.

Value for Money

The Mitsubishi’s Mirage is the most economical car in the Australian market that comes with a 5-star safety rating. The ES manual starts from $12,250 while the auto version can be had for $15,990 drive-away. The upper LS auto variant comes with more equipment and features, which can be bought for $16,990 drive-away. Mirage comes with 5 years/100,000 km warranty (whichever comes first) and it also has 5 years roadside assistance. Servicing cost for 3 years will be $660.

The driver’s seat adjusts for height; the velour-trimmed seats are quite comfortable. There is adequate room in the rear for two adults.

The ES is equipped with 14-inch steel wheels, cloth trim, air con, Bluetooth phone and audio with voice control, space-saver spare, phone controls with remote inputs and 2-speaker audio with steering wheel audio. The upper LS variant has fog lights, an extra pair of speakers, cruise control and larger alloys.

Mitsubishi Mirage

2016 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE

Safety

In the compact small car segment, Mitsubishi’s Mirage was the first hatch to get ANCAP’s 5-star rating for safety, and it comes with 6 airbags. It has a full suite of driver aids and hill start assist is now standard on the manual.

Final Words

Mitsubishi’s Mirage is affordable and serves the need well for those who are looking for economical and safe transport. It is purposefully built for effortless city drive and for short trips. It has a modern stylish design, the interiors are good and 4 adults can sit comfortably so it is the best compact car for a small family.

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