The Mirage is sharp buying at the moment — $12,990 driveaway for a manual, $14,990 auto, which means about $3000 off the full recommended retail. Capped-price servicing is among the cheapest in the class ($250 for each annual visit over three years). Downside: capped pricing expires after four years even though the warranty lasts five. Metallic paint adds $495.
Verdict The Mirage isn’t as much fun to drive as the Micra but the Mitsubishi’s higher safety rating, five-year warranty, sharp price and low running costs make it unbeatable in this contest.