Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage.
This is the second of two reviews of the Mitsubishi Mirage, click here for my comprehensive review of essentially the same car, just in entry-level ES trim.
The upper-spec LS version of the Mirage is priced from $14,990 and that gets you into a manual/hatchback variant, the sedan Mirage in this trim level is CVT only and is priced from $17,490.
For that you get features above the entry-level ES grade of the Mirage including;
- Push button ignition
- Keyless entry
- Climate control
- Digital climate control screen
- Chrome interior door handles
- Silver trim interior highlights
- Auto headlights
- Auto wipers
- Leather trimmed steering wheel and transmission selector
So, while $17,490 is definitely creeping up there for a vehicle of this size and general refinement, there’s no arguing that the features do justify the more substantial price tag.
Once again the good points of the Mirage include;
- Surprisingly roomy cabin
- Good-sized boot
- Economical engine
- Smooth CVT
- Five year warranty
- Five star safety
While the elements that let the Mirage down include;
- Noisy engine (when pushed)
- Hard, flat and uncomfortable seats
- Lack of centre armrest
- Lack of folding rear seat
- Tilt-only steering adjustment
- Some hard and cheap feeling interior plastics
The key-less entry system fitted to the LS grade of the Mirage works well, but the fact that the push-buttons have obviously replaced the traditional key barrel looks cheap, nasty and an afterthought. The passenger door though maintains a traditional key barrel arrangement as a fail-safe to unlock the car in the event of a flat battery.
Summing it up; there is no doubt the best value in the Mirage range is in the entry-level model. This premium version though is not prohibitively priced and little extras like the auto headlights and wipers and push-button ignition make the Mirage a nicer vehicle to own and use.
There’s no surprise the Mirage is proving a sales success for Mitsubishi, give it a go if you are on a serious budget, just don’t expect too much from the little battler!
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 1.2 litre 3-cylinder delivering 57kW and 100Nm
Transmission: CVT automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: LS Sedan from $17,490