Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES.
The Mirage is smallest vehicle in the Mitsubishi range and I was given access to the base model 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES sedan.
Prices start at $14,490 for the manual and $16,490 for the auto while it’s also available in a 5-door hatch which is even more affordable at $11,490.
The Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a 1.2L engine which is very noisy – like a small lawnmower – especially while accelerating. But beyond that the drive is spirited once it gets going and will happily roll along. It certainly squeezes out all it can from the 57kW and 100Nm engine.
There is a lot of play in the steering wheel but it does make it light and easy to turn. Speaking of turning, the turning circle is very good with the 2.5m wheel base.
Small isn’t such a bad thing, meaning there’ll definitely be efficient fuel economy and during the week of driving I averaged around 7 litres per 100km.
When you sit behind the wheel, you’ll find the fabric seats are flat, not very wide and don’t hug the body. The dash is basic in design, with a audio system, dated A/C controls and one 12 volt input. The buttons on the sound system are large and easy to press.
Steering wheel buttons on the other hand are hard to the touch with a shallow press. They only cater for audio and phone. The gauges are simple and straightforward.
Mitsubishi really needs to do something about upgrading their audio system as I found it took a long time to load and find songs from an iPod. On top of that, the USB cord is located inconveniently in the glove box though it does keep any device out of sight.
Another minor grievance is the zig-zag pattern of the transmission shifter isn’t intuitive and I always found I got stuck when shifting into drive.
Being a compact car you can’t expect too much storage though there are pockets on the doors, on the passenger seat, under the steering column, in the centre console and an averaged sized boot.
Overall construction is acceptable for this grade of car with good interior fit and finish and external panel fit but I did notice the door handles strangely positioned lower than normal and always found myself grasping at nothing.
With a collection of six airbags, ABS, hill start control and active stability the Mirage has a five star ANCAP safety rating.
The Mitsubishi Mirage ES is a no frills offering but is well constructed and has a list of basic features. But most of all is in a price range you can’t ignore.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES
Engine: 1.2 litre petrol producing 57kW and 100Nm
Transmission: CVT Auto
Warranty: 5 year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $16,490