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?