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Mitsubishi MIRAGE HATCHBACK 1.2 Verve 5dr

Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
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Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr
Mitsubishi MIRAGE 1.2 Verve 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG61.40
  • 0-62mph12.6 secs
  • Top Speed112 mph
  • C02105 g/km
  • BHP80
  • Torque78 lbs/f
  • P11D25%

Review

If you object to the way that superminis are so pricey nowadays but you don't like the idea of a budget brand one, then here's a different option for you to consider, the Mitsubishi Mirage. Previously, it looked and felt a bit cheap, but Mitsubishi has moved to change that with this latest version, offering smarter looks, greater efficiency and a plusher cabin. It's not luxuriously finished or especially dynamic to drive but at these prices who's complaining? Worth a look.

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Mitsubishi answers the call for an affordable, decent quality modern supermini with its Mirage. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Small cars are designed for people who want motoring conducted on a very small operating budget. But that doesn't necessarily mean that buyers of this sort are looking for a budget feel. Some want their sense and sensibility with a bit of style - and maybe a little of the luxury that they've been used to when owning larger cars in the past. It's at these people that Mitsubishi is targeting this car, the Mirage. You haven't heard of it? Then you're not alone. Which is disappointing for Mitsubishi since when it turns its hand to compact little cars, this Japanese brand tends to do them rather well. Not that this happens very often. Prior to this current Mirage model's original arrival here in the Spring of 2013, you have to look as far back as 2004 to find the last time this manufacturer brought an all new design into the small car sector - and that under-rated Colt model was more of a Fiesta-sized supermini. This Mirage represented Mitsubishi's first stab at the more affordable citycar segment for slightly smaller runabouts and it's been progressive upgraded since, most notably in early 2020 to create the car we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

You don't have to spend too long looking at the engineering of the Mirage to realise that it's been developed down to a price, with cost of running as a priority. Therefore it's not really fair to expect it to be a pin-sharp driver's car. For this revised version, Mitsubishi has continued to focus on its 80PS 1.2-litre MIVEC petrol powerplant, provided as before with either manual or CVT automatic transmission that takes the drag out of city driving. This engine is quite perky, in manual guise getting to 60mph in 11.7 seconds and running onto 112mph. The suspension has been tuned for ride comfort rather than handling precision, which is what most buyers need for urban use. The powerplant can be a little strained when you get it out of town and you will notice a fair amount of wind noise at speed, with the three-cylinder engine also adding a thrumming accompaniment. It's nothing you couldn't live with though. The steering is geared for ease of use at low speeds, which makes parking very easy at the detriment of high-speed precision. All round vision out of the car isn't at all bad, with just the thick rear three quarter pillars that affect most superminis earning a demerit.

Design and Build

In its previous guises, this Mirage was a rather apologetic-looking thing. Mitsubishi has moved to put that right by adding in its latest 'Dynamic Shield' brand identity, complemented by smarter headlamps which are available with LED daytime running lights and headlights. There's also a revised grille and chunkier bumpers with large, angular recesses on each corner to broaden the car's stance and give it a more solid front-on appearance. The rear is given a wider look and greater presence thanks to the squared-off treatment of the bumper corners and sleeker LED combination tail lights. Drop inside and it feels fairly basic, although things have improved a little thanks to the revisions made to this updated car which have brought smarter door trims and switch panels, new high-contrast instruments and upgraded upholstery. There are quite a few hard plastic finishes on display although that's excusable given that this car weighs less than 900kg. This light weight offers all sorts of benefits in terms of efficiency, so carping over the fact that there aren't too many heavy, slush-moulded soft finishes seems a little churlish. The driving position's not too bad, although the steering column still doesn't adjust for reach. You do though, now get a new 6.5-inch 'Smartphone Display Audio' centre-dash infotainment screen. The rear door aperture isn't the biggest and knee room in the back can be a bit limited but Mitsubishi can only do so much with the wheelbase they're working within. Boot space isn't at all bad at 235-litres and the 60/40 split rear seatbacks give some extra luggage capacity.

Market and Model

Value remains a key part of this Mirage model's appeal. The base 'Verve' variant costs only around £10,500, which in an era where the cheapest Vauxhall Corsa costs nearly £16,000 looks pretty good value. You'll probably want something a little less basic-feeling than a 'Verve'-trimmed Mirage though, in which case you'll be moving up the range through the available 'Design' or 'First Edition' models, both of which (unlike the 'Verve') can be had with and optional auto gearbox for an extra £820. 'Verve' trim gets 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.

Cost of Ownership

This car's 80PS 1.2-litre MIVEC petrol powerplant is a pretty elderly engine but it's helped by this car's feather-light weight and by a range of tweaks that the Mitsubishi engineers have recently made to make it cleaner and more frugal. As a result of all that, the manual model can manage 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. First year rate VED tax is £150 and insurance groupings have fallen compared to the previous version of this model. 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. As you'd expect in this day and age, there's a 12-year anti-perforation warranty. And three years of pan-European roadside assistance and homestart are included in the price.

Summary

The Mitsubishi Mirage is a car that rewards a little perspective. Drive it after stepping out of a Fiesta or a Clio and you may well be left a little flat. Remind yourself that it's not really gunning for this sort of opposition and look at it in the context of a Dacia Sandero or an MG3 and suddenly it leaps to the fore. It's not perfect; you may well dislike the steering at speed and the interior doesn't push any particular boundaries, but there are certainly compensations. It looks good, the fuel economy and emissions figures are excellent, it's very keenly priced, you just know it's going to be metronomically reliable and it's been designed to work very well in town. We don't know whether this one is going to do any better than its rarely-seen predecessors, but if you want something a little different and your new car budget isn't stretching too far, you might find a lot to like here.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Automatic headlights
Automatic rain sensing wipers
Body colour electric adjustable door mirrors
Chrome effect grille
Dusk sensing headlights
Front and rear electric windows
Front tow hook
Front variable wipers with washer
Halogen daytime running lights
Halogen headlamps
Intermittent rear wiper with washer
LED rear lamps
Manual adjustable headlamp
Manually dimming rear view mirror
Rear fog lamps
Rear high-mounted stop lamp
Rear spoiler
Rear window demister with timer
Visible VIN plate
Driver Convenience
'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
Average fuel consumption display
Centre multi info display
Door ajar warning lamp
Electric power steering
Exterior temperature display
Navigation system with smartphone link
Odometer/trip meter
Tachometer
Entertainment
4 speaker Audio system with Radio
Bluetooth with music streaming
USB port
Interior Features
60/40 split folding rear seat
Driver's seat height adjustment
Driver's vanity mirror
Drivers footrest
Fabric seat trim
Floor + luggage area carpets
Floor console box with front cup holders
Front and rear cup holders
Front door pockets
Front interior lamp
Glovebox
Height adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable rear head restraints
Height adjustable steering wheel
Leather steering wheel
Luggage area lamp
Luggage floorbox
Manual air conditioning
Needle punch floor carpet
Parcel shelf
Passenger seat height adjuster
Passenger under seat tray
Pollen filter
Slide/recline adjustable front seats
Steering wheel audio controls
Safety
2x 2nd row ISOFIX child seat mountings
3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
3-point front seatbelts
ABS/EBD
Active stability and traction control
Brake assist function
Emergency stop signalling system
Front seatbelt pretensioners/force limiters/ELR
Front, side and curtain airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assist
Rear child proof door locks
Reinforced Impact safety evolution (RISE) body safety system
Seatbelt warning lamp
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Central door locking
Immobiliser
Keyless entry
Locking wheel nuts
Steering lock
Wheels
14" alloy wheels
Tyre inflation kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 105
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 113
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 125
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 100
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 128
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 102
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1193
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 75
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 61.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 65.7
EC Urban (mpg) 55.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 4.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 56.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 51.3
WLTP - MPG - High 64.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium 62.8
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.2
Badge Power 80
Coin Series Verve
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 17D
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 12500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 62500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 12.6
Engine Power - BHP 80
Engine Power - KW 59
Engine Power - RPM 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 78
Engine Torque - MKG 10.8
Engine Torque - NM 106
Engine Torque - RPM 4000
Top Speed 112
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? No
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 165/65 R14
Tyre Size Rear 165/65 R14
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 14" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1505
Length 3845
Wheelbase 2450
Width 1665
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 35
Gross Vehicle Weight 1340
Max. Loading Weight 465
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 200
Minimum Kerbweight 875
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 8.8

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Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £151.54 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £152.71 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £161.48 p/m Call Us
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £170.97 p/m Call Us
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £178.26 p/m Call Us
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £201.05 p/m £43.87 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £126.47 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £127.29 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £136.13 p/m Call Us
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £144.48 p/m Call Us
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £151.06 p/m Call Us
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £169.56 p/m £59.54 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £115.35 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £117.50 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £124.78 p/m Call Us
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £131.67 p/m Call Us
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £137.05 p/m Call Us
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £150.50 p/m £86.08 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £206.22 p/m £16.11 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £209.59 p/m £16.27 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £217.85 p/m £22.01 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £225.94 p/m £34.49 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £233.80 p/m £43.40 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £241.26 p/m £52.64 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £168.79 p/m £20.90 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £172.18 p/m £22.52 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £180.98 p/m £27.16 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £189.21 p/m £39.74 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £196.45 p/m £61.80 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £203.48 p/m £71.45 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £155.17 p/m £24.76 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £157.82 p/m £27.36 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £164.34 p/m £32.68 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £170.56 p/m £51.92 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £176.02 p/m £69.29 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £180.60 p/m £103.30 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £515.00
Pearlescent paint £555.00
Special paint £765.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Atlantic Grey £515.00
Metallic - Red £515.00
Metallic - Reef blue £515.00
Metallic - Sand yellow £515.00
Pearl - Cosmos black £555.00
Pearl - Purple berry £555.00
Solid - Polar white FOC
Special - White diamond £765.00
Trim
Fabric - Black with grey stitching FOC
* option prices shown are estimated