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heycar review

      Launch year
      2013
      Body type
      Small hatch
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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Cheap to run but flawed

Best bits

  • Economical runabout
  • Zero tax on pre-2017 models
  • Good interior space for a small car

Not so great

  • Disappointing to drive
  • Cheap feeling interior
  • Rival hatchbacks do it better for the same money

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Overall verdict on the Mitsubishi Mirage

"When designing the Mirage Mitsubishi was clear about the focus for its small car. Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and practicality are what the Mirage is built around. It may not sound exciting but it makes plenty of sense. Unfortunately, that's not enough to give the Mirage appeal and it lags behind the competition in too many key areas."

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Despite its compact size, the Fiesta-sized Mirage is surprisingly room inside. The Mirage competes against a wide range of cars from smaller hatches like the Volkswagen Up to larger models like the Suzuki Swift, so it's tricky to directly compare it to any one model.


Put it alongside something like the Nissan Micra and it holds up well though. The driving position is good even though the steering column only adjusts for height, as with most cars this size. The interior is dated in design and feels cheap - this is certainly more utilitarian than design led, but it's reasonably robust and well screwed together.


There are two engines, both three-cylinder petrol units. The entry-level model has a 1.0-litre 71PS but the higher specification models have a 1.2-litre unit with 80PS.


But the real highlight is economy. The 1.2-litre model comes with an automatic engine start/stop system and all models have low rolling resistance tyres and regenerative braking. As a result all emit less than 100g/km of CO2. Economy is 68.9mpg for the Mirage 2 while going for the slightly higher spec Mirage 3 only sees it drop to 65.7mpg. In the real world expect around 64mpg.


It's reasonably well equipped too. The Mirage 1 - the only model with the 1.0-litre engine - is a little sparse but does come with front electric windows and a CD stereo with aux-in and a USB port. The Mirage 2 looks better value as not only does it get the superior 1.2-litre engine (which is also more economical) but also adds electric mirrors, air conditioning and remote central locking.


Overall the Mirage is a competent and comfortable small car that's easy to drive and performs adequately in town and on the motorway. It does lack character though, something which similarly priced alternatives like the trio of the Volkswagen Up, SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo certainly don't. 


The Mirage doesn't outdo them in terms of equipment or price either. So there's very little to make it stand out against the competition. There's plenty of quality for buyers after a small and affordable car and unfortunately the Mirage lags way behind.

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Mitsubishi Mirage

1.2 Juro 5dr

  • 2016
  • 20,925 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Autoecosse Mitsubishi Dundee
  • Angus, DD48ED
Price:£9,000
HP: £238.16/mo

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Mitsubishi Mirage

1.2 Juro 5dr

  • 2017
  • 10,000 miles
  • Autoecosse Mitsubishi Dundee
  • Angus, DD48ED
Price:£9,999
PCP: £201.15/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £201.15, Customer Deposit: £1,499.00, Total Deposit: £1,499.85, Optional Final Payment: £2,770.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,311.10, Total Amount Payable: £11,310.10, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 7.58%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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On the inside

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Driving

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Prices, versions and specification