2014 Mitsubishi Mirage | new car review

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 by
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 42,000 - 46,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
  • Performance
    Editor: 60%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

In 2012 Mitsubishi had had enough of its customers going to Toyota, Nissan and Kia to fulfill their B-segment vehicular requirements; that’s when they decided to build a that would fill the gap in their line-up and out came the built in Thailand Mitubishi Mirage.

Pros

Well priced
Push button start

Cons

Interior materials

Looks

The 2014 is a rather simple looking hatchback. It doesn’t possess any fancy ripples or swooping curves and though that isn’t such a bad thing, it does look a little archaic with its triangular headlamps when parked beside the tech-laden, LED sprinkled Kia Rio hatchback. Simply put, the sight of the is unlikely to have you poke your eyes out, but more importantly, it won’t have you pull your phone out and snap up pictures as it drives by, either.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage front + side

Feels

Plastic seems to have been the key ingredient when the interior of the Mirage was being put together. Identical to that of the Attrage, the interior features circular A/C vents, a piano black centre console and seating capacity for four individuals. In a car that feels like it belongs to the previous decade, the inclusion of push button ignition is not just surprising but almost mind boggling.

2014 Mitsubishi Attrage interior

Engineering

At AED 42,000 you can get your hands on the most basic variants of a Mirage, however, for fog lamps, a leather wrapped steering, 60:40 split rear seat and colour coded tailgate handle, you’ll have to climb the spec ladder and settle for the top of the line model that will suck out a reasonable AED 46,000 out of your bank account.

What’s on offer?

Below its diminutive bonnet, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage hides a 1.2 litre 3 cylinder engine that is mated to a CVT transmission and emits 78 horsepower and 100 Nm of torque. Just in case for some strange reason, the thought of speed crossed your mind while reading that, the 3,780mm Japanese hatchback sprints from 0 – 100 km/h in a slow 13.8 seconds.

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage rear + side

Summing it…

If it’s heads you want to turn or fun you wish you to have behind the wheel, then the Kia Rio is a better bet. With a similar sized engine, the Rio puts out 8 more horsepower and 20 more Nm of torque, but it comes at a price. If price is your main concern, then you’re better off with the Mitsubish Mirage, because the AED 4,000 difference in price will steer you towards the Japanese, anyway.

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