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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It has reliable mechanicals, good levels of standard equipment and plenty of storage

Against Ride and handling are poor, performance is sluggish and the car lacks versatility

Verdict It's acceptable as five-door hatchback, but it's certainly not a pleasure to drive

Go for… 1.8 petrol

Avoid… 1.9 diesel

Mitsubishi Space Star Hatchback
  • 1. Watch out for gaps in the service history, as the pricey maintenance can make owners ignore the official schedule, which may lead to problems
  • 2. Ask the seller whether the airbags have been checked before you buy a pre-2000 car; there was a known fault with one of the sensors
  • 3. The car's not very roomy and the suspension turrets intrude on the boot space
  • 4. The engines and transmission are all proven, and shouldn’t give much bother if they’ve been cared for properly
  • 5. Headroom is good and the rear bench slides to boost luggage or passenger space
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