2001 Mitsubishi Mirage Review from Australia and New Zealand

2001 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback 1.5L SOHC four-cylinder

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5L SOHC four-cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50 kilometres
Most recent distance12967 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Sierra

Summary:

Superior quality and value for money

Faults:

(1) Rubber seal around right headlamp came loose: fixed by dealer under warranty.

(2) Power steering drive belt came off: fixed by dealer under warranty.

General Comments:

I bought this car brand new in November 2001.

The Mirage has a lot of performance as it is using the rugged 1.5L engine as used in the Mitsubishi Lancer, but the Mirage is at least 60-90 kg lighter than the Lancer.

Excellent fuel economy. I can easily get 4.6L per kilometer when freeway or highway driving and 6.9L per kilometer in suburban driving.

The cabin personifies comfort blended with practicality. Although the car's dashboard has often been criticised in car magazines for appearing dated, the dashboard still looks up-to-the-minute in my opinion.

Very positive manual gearchange... it is a delight to use as the engine is torquey and very punchy low down in the rev range.

The Mirage styling is still very much up-to-the-minute and exciting despite the Mirage having been on the Australian market since 1997.

Excellent all round vision thus providing me with a feeling of safety and confidence when driving in heavy or peak hour traffic.

The build quality of the Mirage is superb with well-fitted panels and excellent quality of paintwork. Contemporary equivalent size Korean cars and many other similar Japanese cars lack that feeling of quality and refinement.

The Mirage feels quite solid despite its small size.

In my experience, the service and support provided by Mitsubishi Australia has been excellent. I would be interested to know if other readers have had different experiences with the Mitsubishi service departments.

The only criticism I can make of the Mirage is that the boot area is too small as I had to carry some luggage in the back seat when driving from Melbourne to Sydney.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2002

6th Sep 2003, 06:36

Author's footnote - I have now traded in the Mirage for... another new Mirage for which I shall hopefully do a review on in the near future. I still highly recommend the Mirage for any keen driver who wants an excellent quality Japanese car with good performance and a touch of sporting flavour, but without a high price tag, believe me you won't be sorry.

4th Mar 2004, 21:09

I'm planing on getting a mirage myself. I just wanted to know a couple things. Firstly do fit in it comftabley, I'm wondering because I'm rather tall (5'11) and last time I was in a excel I was too tall. And whats it performance like, eg. how fast can it do 0-60 km and whats its top speed.

2nd Sep 2004, 10:18

If you fit 14inch wheels instead of the standard 13inch you must get the speedometer reset or you will end up doing more kph than indicated. That flash on the verge will be from the Government Revenue Star called Nova and it's very Multi. Been there and done that.

9th Sep 2005, 03:17

Yeah, look out for the revenue-raising multanovas!

Average review marks: 10.0 / 10, based on 1 review