MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES

Indicative Drive Away Price: $14,973

A Micro Car should equal micro price, and it’s value for money that sees the Mitsubishi Mirage ES take the title for the second year in a row.

The Mirage’s running and repair costs and new car warranty are particular stand-outs. It boasts class-leading fuel consumption (using regular unleaded fuel) and, in a car of this kind, isn’t that what it’s all about? Not surprisingly given the miserly fuel consumption and low emissions, the Mirage also gets a perfect 10 for its environment score.

The Mirage offers a reasonable drive experience for a city car. It’s easy to manoeuvre and the engine performance (56kWof power and 100Nm of torque) from the 1.2-litre engine is responsive and flexible. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, though there is an option of a CVT at extra cost.

The equipment levels in the ES specification are quite generous and provide driver’s seat height adjustment, airconditioning with pollen filter, power windows, keyless central locking, electric steering and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and voice control.

And for peace of mind, Mirage has a five-year/100,000km warranty.

While there is plenty of room in the front for driver and passenger, space in the rear row of seating is challenging although on par for course for the category. The Mirage does offer some versatility with a split-fold rear seat to increase the load area, but then so do most of the competitors in this class.

Rounding off the Mirage’s appealing and competitive package is a five-star ANCAP safety rating; something the other Micro finalists don’t have.

Affordable to buy, zippy, easy to drive, easy to park and with miserly fuel economy, that’s the Mitsubishi Mirage.

SCORE
1ST: MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES, 786
2ND: SUZUKI CELERIO, 750
3RD: NISSAN MICRA ST, 732