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The Top Gear car review: Mitsubishi Mirage

£8,999£12,999
2/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Standard kit is decent. Marginally more comfortable than the bus

Against: 

Pretty much everything
Expensive, slow, horrid to drive. A mass of metal without sense or relish or ability or anything, really.

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Our choice

Mitsubishi

1.0 5dr

£8,999
N/A
67mpg
13.60s
69bhp
96g/km

What we say: 

Thinking about buying a Mirage? Don't. Now you can't say we haven't warned you. Especially awful

What is it?

This is Mitsubishi’s new bargain-basement supermini, which you should avoid at all costs.

Driving

The steering is slow and vague. It rolls extensively. Grip levels are non-existent. Every lump and ruffle in the road is transmitted directly to your backside. It’s inexcusably noisy. Hell, there’s so much slack in the steering that you can’t tell which way the wheels are pointing…

On the inside

There is a lot of kit - electric windows, USB connection, climate control and keyless entry are standard on the top-spec 3 - but they don’t disguise the irredeemably cheap fabrics or brittle-feeling plastics. The hard, unsculpted seats look and feel like they’ve been lifted straight out of a circa-1991 Peugeot 106, and the headlining’s so thin, you could probably read through it.

Owning

Both the 70bhp 1.0-litre and 79bhp 1.2-litre 3cyl petrol engines duck below the 100g/km of CO2 tax threshold, so there’s no annual VED to pay. Combined with a featherweight 845kg mass and low drag coefficient, the smaller engine also manages a gallant 70.6mpg and 92g/km CO2. It’s also got the tightest turning circle in its class, and improves on its predecessor’s (the Colt) bootspace by 75 litres to 235.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.2 2 5dr
11.7s 96g/km 68.9 79 £10,999
The cheapest
1.0 5dr
13.6s 96g/km 67.3 69 £8,999
The greenest
1.2 3 5dr CVT
12.8s 95g/km 68.9 79 £12,999