AMID all the froth and frippery that seems to accompany new car launches nowadays, it comes as a refreshing change to hear Mitsubishi describe their new supermini as ‘no-nonsense’.
The Mirage, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September and due to reach UK showrooms next spring, sits proudly in the budget section of the market and is likely to have a price tag of around £8,500.
Being a Mitsubishi, it will undoubtedly be a highly reliable and efficient little runabout. It is a five-door, five-gear, five-seater with compact dimensions but cleverly designed to accommodate five grown-ups with ease.
The Mirage will come with a choice of 1.0-litre or 1.2-litre three-cylinder engines. It is super-low on fuel consumption and emissions – so no car tax – and will have a decent smattering of safety equipment, like hill-start assist and stability control.
The Mirage will be entering an ultra-competitive market sector, competing against the likes of the Skoda Fabia and Hyundai i20, but should be good enough to hold its own. Pity the stylists couldn’t have made it a bit less bland.
MM verdict: A car for our times.