The Mitsubishi Mirage is typically one of the best selling micro cars. But with a couple of new players, does it still stack up?
Kia has just launched the Picanto in Australia, while Holden has released the new Spark.
With a list price of $12,250, it’s one of the cheapest cars you can buy in Australia. That’s for the base model ES with a manual transmission. We have the ES here with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
This colour is Sunrise Orange, but if you’re into car colours that are a little out of the ordinary, you can also get it in an unusual dark purple-ish tone called Wine Red.
It’s just been updated for 2016 – it now comes standard with hill-start assist, which is handy, but it still looks pretty basic and bare in the cabin.
But it has what you’d expect for a car targeted at young, first-car buyers - Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, CD and MP3 player and USB port.
When it comes to boot space, you get 235 litres plus a space-saver spare wheel.
Under the bonnet is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine – so is it peppy around town, or a little slow off the mark?
Well, we let CarAdvice staffer Sam loose with it for a weekend, and here’s what he thought.
The Mirage has a five-star ANCAP safety rating and comes with a decent five-year/100,000km warranty, capped-price serving and five years roadside assist.
It’s good to know what your ongoing costs will be in this regard, and Mitsubishi certainly has a strong reputation for reliability.