Cheap and cheer­ful

The Advertiser - Motoring - - USED CAR - GRAHAM SMITH


IN a pre­vi­ous life, the Mi­rage badge was at­tached to a short­ened ver­sion of the Lancer. It adorned a new model when Mit­subishi re­turned it to the mar­ket in 2013.

Even in the new guise, it re­mained true to its roots. It was still a tiny car aimed at young driv­ers, or those whose bud­get might steer them to a used ve­hi­cle.

There was no ques­tion about it, the Mi­rage was small, fit­ting into the cat­e­gory dubbed “light”, smaller than what we nor­mally call small cars.

The new Mi­rage be­gan life as a prac­ti­cal five-door hatch but a four-door sedan was added to the choices in 2014. The vari­ants were ES, Sport and LS.

In­side, the cabin was quite roomy given the small size of the Mi­rage, with a high seat­ing po­si­tion that con­trib­uted to the feel­ing of roomi­ness.

The ma­te­ri­als used in­side were typ­i­cally hard and un­wel­com­ing, giv­ing it a cheapand-cheer­ful am­bi­ence. It didn’t have ev­ery fea­ture you might have wanted but had most.

All mod­els had power

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