Mitsubishi’s miracle Mirage

13 February 2019

MITSUBISHI has revised its most affordable Mirage range, with a new entry-level version that costs £1,000 less than the model it replaces.

It means that the new Mirage 3 model costs a whopping £2,000 less than its cheapest Ford Fiesta rival.

Mitsubishi has also introduced a new PCP finance scheme with no deposit required, although the interest rate is virtually six per cent.

As the Bank of England base rate remains at less than just one per cent, it may be worth considering a bank loan and paying cash for the car in order to secure a decent discount.

Mitsubishi says that the revised line-up for the Mirage is intended to provide models at the most competitive price in the heart of the small car segment.

The new entry level Mirage 3 is being offered with a manual transmission and is £1,005 less than the outgoing Juro model, whilst the enhanced top specification Mirage 4 comes with a choice of manual or automatic transmission.

Powered by a three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine generating 80bhp, the Mirage accelerates to 60mph in 12.7 seconds and boasts 106Nm of pulling power.

This engine has been engineered to meet the new real-world emissions regulations and achieves a CO2 figure of 107g/km with claimed economy of up to 60mpg.

Despite being an entry-level model, the Mirage 3 is a reasonably well specified vehicle, with air conditioning, 14inch alloy wheels, LED rear lamps and a rear spoiler. There is also a leather steering wheel and Bluetooth with music streaming and a four-speaker audio system. It also comes with automatic rain sensors, a keyless-entry operating system with push button start and an automatic stop/go system. It costs from £11,295.

The Mirage 4 adds satellite navigation and DAB audio, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also includes climate control, cruise control and heated front seats, Bi-Xenon front headlamps, rear parking sensors and 15-inch alloy wheels. It costs from £13,355.

Sales in Europe have increased by 29% in the last year to 168,000 vehicles, driven mainly by the success of the critically-acclaimed Eclipse Cross and Outlander PHEV.