The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Is A Tiny Cheap Car With A Heart Of Steel
Getting the hang of a “sub subcompact class” is hard. Chevrolet did just OK with its Spark, but the others aren’t so lucky. One of these others is Mitsubishi who really fought strong to market its Colt (which is now again known as the Mirage) the best way it could. The new car, revealed for the European market in 2011 did not find much customers in the last four years, but it was sold just enough for Mitsubishi to keep it in production.
For the 2015 Mirage Mitsubishi tried to spice things up a bit and offer customers a bit more complete and more appealing car. Although the changes are small, there are a lot of them which makes the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage a much more decent car with better looking exterior and more comfortable interior.
Being a subcompact car with the length of 146 inches and a wheelbase of 96.5 inches, the Mirage still is one of the larger cars from the class where the Fiat 500, the Chevy Spark and the Ford Ka roam. Despite the dimensions that are much closer to subcompact cars than any time before, the Mirage isn’t exactly a roomy car. The space in the interior is limited and the car is certainly created for comfortable transportation of two while the rear seats can accept two or even three more, but is certain that none of them will be satisfied or happy because of it.
The changes for the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage include the addition of interior chrome accents which help the interior be a more pleasant if nothing else. Higher trim cars bring up the rather nice touch screen display with the navigational device. Now, the navigation device isn’t exactly the thing you’d expect in such a cheap vehicle, but there it is and this addition really is the main focal point by which Mitsubishi wants to show the world that their smallest car is still ready to tackle the 21 century challenges.
Moreover, the infotainment system available with the ES trim level adds Bluetooth system, metallic interior accents and a few other luxurious amenities which aren’t exactly top notch stuff. Nevertheless, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage can be nicely equipped small city car, but with additional equipment the price jumps high fast. Luckily, the base model DE equipped with the keyless entry, power windows, automatic climate control, a tilt steering wheel, and a system with a CD player, USB and auxiliary audio inputs clearly represent one of the best values for money on the market at this moment. Moreover, boat trim levels (DE and ES) are available with the Park Assist package that bring parking sensors from front to back.
Even though this car has only a basic suspension system and driving characteristics that aren’t exactly engaging, it is equipped with nicely weighted 1,2 liter petrol engine developing 75 HP and 74 lb ft of torque. With the CVT transmission this engine can provide exceptional fuel efficiency values (up to 40 mpg combined). Five speed manual transmission is also available but it seems that the 2015 Mirage isn’t as fuel efficient with the manual as it is with the CVT transmission.
All in all, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a small car and it represents the basic form of transportation. Low price, small footprint and small engine promise exceptionally low maintenance cost while rather extensive additional equipment promises a comfortable and cozy ride. Unfortunately, low powered engine provides only the basic acceleration of 11.7 seconds to 60 mph (which is appalling), but then again, this car won’t exactly be on the front line at the highway.