A car designed to be equally at home in congested city streets or narrow country lanes. Everything about this car was designed to make it more efficient, providing excellent fuel economy. The Mirage turned heads from the moment it was first unveiled and immediately redefined the standards by which to judge a compact passenger car.
Taking the core tenets that define the very concept of a compact – efficiency, practicality and cost-effectiveness – the Mirage has been engineered from the tyres to the spoiler to be a car that could stand head and shoulders above the competition.
The Mirage is great value but it never, ever feels cut-price. Quite the contrary, in fact, since it’s packed full of features and is solidly screwed together. Take a seat and you’ll find them to be comfortable and supportive, providing an excellent driving position with superb visibility all round and controls within easy reach.
The Mirage slips smoothly through the air thanks to body contours sculpted by cutting-edge computer simulation and wind tunnel testing. In fact, its aerodynamic shape achieves a class-leading drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.27, which reduces wind noise and CO2 emissions whilst improving fuel efficiency (up to a remarkable 65.7mpg in combined mode) as well as high-speed stability. Aerodynamic drag and lift force are further reduced by an innovative double-tiered roof spoiler*, air dams and under-floor covers.
It doesn’t matter whether you travel ten miles or ten times that number, safety is top of everyone’s list of priorities; it’s also a sphere in which the Mirage excels. Active safety measures across the range include a body designed to see and be seen, with daytime running lights, a clear view of the road and rear parking sensors, a stability and traction control system to help prevent drift around bends and aid linear acceleration, and a particulary clever Anti-lock Braking System.
Across the range the Mirage’s Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) includes some particularly clever features. There’s Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), which automatically adjusts the braking effort to the individual wheels to accomdate the location of weight.
Then there is Brake Override System which automatically prioritises the brakes over the accelerator if they are activated at the same time, brake assist which provides power assistance to boost braking in an emergency situation, and an Emergency Stop Signal which automatically flashes the hazard warning lights at double speed to warn vehicles around you in such a situation.
The Mirage is one of the best value cars on the market today, yet it never skimps where it matters: on things like safety or handling or comfort. It doesn’t skimp on looks, either. You’ll not find a grey bumper anywhere since all the bodywork is colour-keyed; splash out on a Mirage Juro and the door handles and mirrors are colour-keyed too; and you’ll get a roof spoiler and privacy glass, as well as automatic, light sensitive headlights and rain sensitive wipers.
Of course, the Mirage is a flyweight, which helps with economy, agility and braking ability, but it feels well made, easy to drive and comfortable, with a cushioning ride. It offers space, low running costs, a good specification and peace of mind which comes with the Mitsubishi name, a name synonymous with reliability. Without a doubt, this small, compact car is a heavyweight when it comes to meeting the needs of the modern motorist