Micro Car suggests micro price, and its scoring in Value for Money criteria sees Mitsubishi Mirage defend the title it won last year. Mirage’s running/repair costs and warranty are stand-outs, plus it has class-leading fuel consumption from its tiny 3cyl engine. But Mirage’s bonus attribute is its on-road ability. It’s easy to drive and manoeuvre, and the engine performance is responsive and flexible.
Mirage’s 1.2L petrol engine produces 56kW and 100Nm, and it comes with a 5spd manual transmission (with the extra-cost option of a CVT). The equipment levels in this entry-level ES spec are quite generous and provide driver’s seat height adjustment, air-conditioning with pollen filter, power windows, keyless central locking, electric steering and Bluetooth with audio streaming and voice control.
City cars generally aren’t tasked with people-moving, so while there is plenty of room in the front, space in the rear is challenging to say the least, although it’s still par for the course for the class. Always difficult to understand is a space-saver spare wheel when a full-size spare could be accommodated in Mirage’s wheel well.
Mirage was the only car in the finalist trio with a five-star ANCAP safety rating.