The Mitsubishi Mirage is available with a decently strong 1.2-litre petrol engine and every version emits less than 100g/km of CO2. Safety kit is comprehensive.
There’s loads of wind noise and many rivals are better to drive. The interior feels cheap and there’s limited adjustment to the driving position.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Mitsubishi offers a couple of three-cylinder petrol engines: a 70bhp 1.0-litre and a 79bhp 1.2. We’ve driven the latter, and this delivers sprightly performance when you rev it, although the power delivery isn’t particularly smooth. The car we drove had the standard five-speed manual gearbox. A CVT automatic is an option on the 1.2.
Ride & Handling
The Mirage has a soft suspension set-up that’s good at soaking up minor imperfections in the road surface. However, the car still tends to thump over potholes and drain covers. You also have to put up with quite a lot of body roll in bends, and while the steering is light and easy around town, it’s disconcertingly vague at higher speeds.
The 1.2-litre engine emits a loud three-cylinder thrum at higher revs and sounds busy on the motorway. Meanwhile, there’s enough wind whistle to make you think one of the doors isn’t shut properly. At least the gearbox has a light action and is reasonably slick.