Underrated POCKET ROCKET!! =D
None so far. Expecting very little due to Japans legendary reliability which may I add is the most reliable of all countries. Stats prove that.
Being only 19 I haven't had much experience with cars. However I have driven about 13 different cars and so I believe I have enough scope to get a good idea of comparison.
This car is seriously underated. It is reliable extremly well equipped and in the GLX model it has the sporty look side skirts and spoiler which is great for you boy racers.
The car is nicely equipped with electric mirrors, electric sunroof, alarm immobilizer, ABS, power steering, spotlights alloy wheels (they look rubbish though) and in the top mirage models it even has heated seats.
The cars performance is generally very good. It's a very willing car give it the chance and puts a smile on your face when it hits over 5,000 rpm. However I have read someone stated in a review they took out a Toyota Celica.. sum how I don't think so.. my mum owns a 1991 Toyota Celica GTI-16V ST182-R which I have driven and it would floor the mirage so easy it wouldn't even be funny.
For the boy racers 0-60mph (100kph) takes under 9.4 seconds from stand still and a top speed of apparently 118 mph, but I haven't fully set it out to its limits and factory settings lie. example my Honda Civic was quoted to do 105mph so its all kinda useless when I was doing 117mph in it! :| (there always too slow).
Insurance as well is amazing issue here for a 1.6i 16v I was expecting to get a number more longer than the digits I used to phone the insurance company, but however this car is far more cheap £250+ less than the 1.3 Honda Civic DX.
Changes to better this car would be a more aggressive DOHC sport version of it to put up a fight against the JDM honda civic type R. Also disc brakes all round would be good! and a much better set of alloys sorry, but they remind me of cheesy Corsa three spokes which belong on the wheels of a pair of skates in an 80's roller disco!
I don't regret them minor issues because lets face it this car is so much better than a Saxo VTR! I'm not upset that I didn't get my burberry cap as standard to be honest!
Overall for the money and the quality of its car its more or less impossible to beat!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th April, 2005