Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cheap and Cheerful but with Abundant Charm; Digging in the Bargain Basement, Grant Edwards Finds a New Great Value Proposition

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cheap and Cheerful but with Abundant Charm; Digging in the Bargain Basement, Grant Edwards Finds a New Great Value Proposition

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VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Mitsubishi Mirage.

Details: Five-door, five-seat front-wheel drive light-size hatchback.

Engine: 1.2-litre three-cylinder which produces maximum output of 57kW @ 6000rpm and generates peak torque of 100Nm @ 4000rpm.

Transmission: Five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic.

Consumption: 4.6 litres/100km (manual and auto ES and Sport); 4.8 L/100km LS manual and 4.9L/100km LS auto.

CO2: 109g/km in ES models, 113g/km LS manual and 115g/km LS auto.

Bottom line: ES $12,990, Sport $14,190, LS $15,490 (automatic transmission is a $2250 premium).

What matters most

The good stuff: Value for money, quiet ride, economy, smooth automatic performance.

What wead like to see: Cruise control, less plastics a but Mitsubishi is not alone here.

Warranty and servicing: The warranty is five years or 130,000km with roadside assist if you maintain the servicing schedule. Capped price servicing is available for four years or 60,000km, $250 every 12 months or 15,000km.

The lowdown

Compare the Mirage to rivals at the entry level end of the market and itas hard to resist. The ES derivatives are the best value.

Itas easy on the juice, reliable and easy to drive a thatas ticking boxes in the vital categories for buyers in the light car segment.

MUCH is riding on the small shoulders of Mitsubishias new Mirage.

The pint-sizer is carrying the sales burden of an aging Lancer fleet as the Japanese brand aims to reinforce its passenger market share.

The return of this little Thailand-built rocket may be just what the sales doctor ordered.

Priced well to garner attention from youngsters and penny-pinching over-50s, Mitsubishi has positioned its Mirage at the bargain end of the light-car spectrum.

Those who get in quick can get even better value for money. All Mirages purchased and delivered by February 28, 2013 will get an option of a $1000 Westfield voucher or that figure off the price a[pounds sterling] dropping it to $11,990 drive-away.

Comfort

Hard plastics highlight its market positioning. Like the vast majority of competitors in this realm you can tell the Mirage is built to a price, but the environment is inviting and easy on the eye.

Black and ivory two-tone dash and door trims are used across the range. Itas designed to create a feeling of space, and the little hatch does feel roomy.

While the range-topping LS gets more features and a swanky black and purple seat trim, we wouldnat be disappointed with the basic polka-dot pattern in ES derivatives.

Itas a basic set-up of dials and operations with no need for an explanation from the manual. The seats are flat but comfy, and head and leg room is reasonable front and back.

Those in the rear do have limited space, which can be improved if those in the front sacrifice some comfort. …

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