Which used Mitsubishi Carisma saloon should I buy?
Try the 1.8 GDI petrol, or the 1.9-litre DI-D diesel introduced in 2002, and skip the weedy 1.6-litre petrols. The pre-face-lift non-GDI 1.8 is decent, but the pokier yet more economical GDI is better, whereas the older 1.9 turbodiesel is fine for motorway cruising, but less satisfying than the later D-IDs.
Aim for Equippe spec on cars built after the 1999 face-lift, because this adds air-con to the electric windows, central locking, power steering, CD player and alloys of the Classic trim. With a pre-face-lift car, GLX trim offers similar treats to Classic (but not the alloys), while the 1.8 GLS-GDI brings air-con.
GL spec (pre-'99) and entry 1.6 spec ('99-on) are too basic, and the range-topping Mirage spec came in from 2001.
The Carisma came as a saloon until 2001, when it was dropped to leave just the more practical hatchback.
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