Best Micro Car

Mitsubishi Mirage ES

The Micro vehicle class, introduced to Australia’s Best Cars this year, reflects the unerring demand for budget-priced entry level cars.

The Mitsubishi Mirage, at less than $15,000, is among the lowest priced and has best-in-class scores for maintenance and fuel economy. It is the only finalist in its class that comes with a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Inside, better than expected comfort for the driver results from a seat that can be adjusted for improved leg support. Driver positioning is good and all instrumentation and controls, although simple, are easily identified and operated. We noted that none of the finalists offers reach-adjustable steering.

A reassuring five-year/100,000km warranty applies and a good list of standard features includes air conditioning, remote central locking, electric steering, power windows front and rear, power mirrors, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming with voice control.

The Mirage has a 1.2-litre petrol engine, which delivers 57kW and 100Nm mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. On the road, this is adequate. 

Indicative Drive Away Price: $14,352

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Criteria out of 10 – Mitsubishi Mirage ES

Value for Money  Rating
Pricing  7C
Depreciation  7M
Running and Repair Costs  10H
Fuel Consumption  10C
Warranty and Dealer Access  9H
Insurance  9L
Standard Features  5H

Design and Function  Rating 
Safety   7C
Environment  10C
Seating Comfort  6M
Space  7L
Practicality  6M
Ergonomics  6H
Build and Finish  6M

On the Road  Rating
Performance  6M
Ride  6M
Handling  7M
Braking  5M
Smoothness and Quietness  6L

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.

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