Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Test Drive Review : Mitsubishi Mirage, Small Cute Panda !!!

Mitsubishi Mirage is small hatchback car and fuel economy is main attraction offered by Mitsubishi Motor Malaysia. Claimed that  fuel saving of 21km /liter, the car is really good in fuel and handling. The way it presented somehow might attract women than men because it looks more like a small bunny car.

Inside the interior is nicely presented with not so good plastic dashboard but nice tone of colors. The dashboard is simple and clean with glowing light from speedometer. There are 5 color variant offering in Malaysian market with two versions of GS and GL.

The weight around 865kg the car seems looks heavier than weight. The Mirage uses an INVECS-III CVT gearbox with 5 speed transmission. The suspension install with front of  Macpherson struts and a rear torsion beam. The breaks for front are vented discs and rears are drums. While the steering is the electric EPS with turning circle of 4.4 meter, which is best in his class. All trim levels wear 14-inch alloys with 165/65 tire.

Driving from JM Auto Gallery, Butterworth , I found this car is very interesting to drive. Very skeptic on engine performance I tried to push hard the acceleration and decent rpm reach easily with small amount of drama. The car some lack of stability during hard cornering due to light weight. During the stop at traffic light the engine is seem vibrating and this was irritating factor. The steering ratio not so precise but acceptable.

The GS version came with pricing RM 65,962.15 with insurance and GL version RM 61,992.15 and manual GL version price RM 56,992.15. It is fully imported from Thailand, 3 year warranty and 1 year free maintenance service. Load with safety features ABS, EDB , ISOFIX and dual SRS Airbag is good bargain for this small car.

Asean NCAP result show 4 star with COP 44% can somehow need to look by Mitsubishi. As I say girl will love  to buy this car. When it decorate with colorful sticker and it look more like a small panda bear.