The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage surprised is in our review because of its usability and functionality as a daily driver. It also helped that it was comfortable and easy to drive, highlighting its good features for the segment.
As with any car, chances are, there will come a time that a longer and more demanding drive is in order. Naturally, you want to be able to stay as safe and as stress-free as possible, and the Mirage has a number of notable features to help it stand out in the sea of subcompact hatchbacks. Let’s talk about them here.
Little toys, big difference
Part of the ownership experience of any vehicle is getting used to the tiny details and small features that make each driving opportunity a pleasant one. The Mitsubishi Mirage comes with a sizable 6.75-inch touchscreen that offers bluetooth, Aux, USB, and device playback. There’s no advanced connectivity such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but once the head unit is connected to your phone via cable or wirelessly, I didn’t find myself longing for it during my time behind the wheel. What really stood out for me was a comprehensive offline navigation system, allowing me to find the smallest landmarks in the absence of cellular data for Waze. It even tells you which lane to be in, and the general type of intersection you’re about to approach. The graphics are simple, but that just adds to the clarity of instruction.
Automatic climate control works well with simple to use controls, and the useful pair of USB ports below them act as a connection for your device and a fast charger. Useful. Cruise control is also available for longer drives and the steering wheel mounted controls to take calls and playback music are a cinch to use. The best part was the nice lighting signature of the Mirage GLS, proudly touting a pair of bi-xenon HID headlights that cut through the night like butter. Anyone who drives regularly at night and at high speeds and long distances know that this is extremely important. Foglights also complement front visibility, and the nice LED taillights add some visual flair.
What’s not as important but added some icing to the cake was keyless entry and push button start. Add that the lights turn on when unlocked (to find your car easier at night and illuminate its surroundings), and the lights stay on briefly as you walk away, help add some value to the Mirage, seeing as those tiny details can only be found on more expensive cars.
In the Mitsubishi Mirage, two airbags for the front passengers are standard, together with ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution. ISOFIX mounts and three-point seatbelts even for rear passengers become standard only on the GLS. Despite its small size, rear parking sensors or a tiny camera would’ve been a great addition. Maybe next year?
Performance78 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Name Mitsubishi Mirage GLX CVT Body Type Hatchback Price ₱772,000 Transmission Category CVT
Engine Size 1.2 L Displacement 1,193 cc Number of Cylinders 3 Number of Valves 12 Transmission Type CVT
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Max Output (HP) 78 hp @ 6,000 rpm Max Torque (nm) 100 Nm @ 4,000 rpm *Acceleration Rate (0-100 km/h) 12.8s Top Speed 170 km/h *estimated
Economy & Environment
Fuel Type Gasoline CO2 Emission 100.0 g/km Fuel Capacity 35 L *Fuel Consumption 6.4 L/100 km *Range 578 km *estimated
Length 3,795 mm Width 1,665 mm Height 1,500 mm Wheelbase 2,450 mm Turning Circle 9.2 m Ground Clearance 160 mm Wading Depth n/a Trunk Capacity 484 L Max Cargo 1,331 L Number of Doors 5 Number of Seats 5
Safety & Security
Driver's Airbag Front Passenger's Airbag Side Airbags Curtain Airbags Knee Airbag Auto Brake System Electronic Brake Distribution Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
with Brake Override and Electronic Brake-force Distribution
Immobilizer Security Alarm Stability Control Electronic Door Locks Speed Sensing Door Locks ISOFIX Lane Departure Warning System Blind-Spot Detection System
Cruise Control Front Parking Sensors Rear Parking Sensors Leather Upholstery Push Start Button Wheel Size 14 in Wheels Metal Type Alloy Airconditioning System Manual Dial Type Entertainment System 2-DIN Tuner, Ipod Ready,Aux-in with Bluetooth Connectivity Aux-in, Bluetooth, iPod, USB ports Navigation Ready Warranty 3 Years (100,000 km) Keyless Entry Roof Rack Sunroof Electric Adjustable Seats Power Steering Power Windows Power Outlet Steering Wheel Audio Control
Active Park Assist Hill Start Assist AWD Modes n/a Tire Pressure Monitoring Heads-up Display Power Liftgate Start-stop System
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