Ahh the family wagon- it’s not very glamorous is it? The big car, full of carseats, school bags, scooters, shopping and endless toddler paraphernalia that you drag with you just so you can get from A to B without a screaming meltdown. At this very moment I can tell you that surrounding the toddler seat is; 1 fairy music box, 2 pairs of gumboots, a pair of sandals, a pair of sneakers (kid has a shoe fetish!), a packet of half eaten Tiny Teddies, an iPad that needs charging and some Sylvanian Families toys sprinkled about for good measure! So when I was given the opportunity to dump the family wagon and take the new Mitsubishi Mirage ES Sedan for a spin, I lept a the opportunity faster than the toddler leaps on a new pair of shoes!
Mitsubishi lent us the new Mirage to show us that you don’t need a huge car to fit a family- plus you can have a family and still feel like you are young and free in a cute little car! To test their claims we put it through it’s paces on our road test.
I’m a girl and to us the accessories are the most important thing in a car! Who cares about engine size? I want to know that the car has places for all my stuff! So first up- the Bluetooth! This is hands down the easiest bluetooth I’ve set up. I got into the car and it was completely instinctive. I just pressed the button and voice control took over, directing me through every step. It look about a minute and was so easy!
Next up is front seat storage. The Mirage has two drink holders, which is great, but it doesn’t have a centre console between the seats and I did miss this. There wasn’t a lot of place to put things like my phone and lip gloss etc.
It has an input jack for your phone/ipod too but not a USB (although I hear the premium model has a USB).
The stereo is easy to use and the controls are also on the steering wheel for extra accessibility.
Accessories Rating: 3/5
To test out the Mitsubishi Mirage in the city I took it right to the CBD! We had booked tickets to The Lion King several months earlier (in about April!!!) so the teenagers and I hopped in our sporty new car and heading into the city! By all reports the back seats are super comfy and there is plenty of room for long legs.
The fuel consumption is AMAZING! One of the highlights of the car. The whole week I had it I used less than a tank of petrol and that was three city trips and a return trip to the Southern Highlands. I couldn’t believe it.
It has a great take off from the lights and is nice and zippy! The other great thing is that it’s nice and small so slips in easily to tight, inner city parking spaces.
City Driving Rating: 5/5
So how does the Mirage fare on the open road then? I took it on a trip to the Southern Highlands (about two hours from home) to test it out. First up, even on a four hour round trip the seats were super comfy- I never had to do the awkward sitting back stretch thingy you do in a car on a long drive. As I mentioned before, the fuel consumption is the best, the trip barely made a dent in the tank!
I did the trip with my mum and she was impressed too! It was smooth on the motorways and not noisy at all. It handled well, even when we were going past big trucks and busses (when often it can feel like you’re going to get blown off the road). It felt very safe- not like some of the small cars that feel very tinny and light. My only complaint again is the lack of centre console- I needed more space for my road tripping essentials, soft drink and lollies!
Country Driving: 4.5/5
how did the sexy little Mirage cope with family life? Pretty well by all accounts! I have three kids (2 teens and a toddler) and everyone fitted in the back without pushing and shoving (well any more than usual!). The Mirage can accommodate two carseats and has three anchor points, so you can configure the backseat to suit your family’s needs.
The other thing is storage and boot space. The Mirage sedan looks small but the boot is deceptively big! You can fit a Mountain Buggy in it easily, and there’s plenty of room for your shopping, school bags, scooters and toys.
Family Life: 4.5/5
So to wrap up- while the Mitsubishi Mirage may not be the car for you if you are dragging around three toddlers and a double pram, its a great alternative to automatically buying a massive car just because you think that’s the only way you can accommodate your family. At a starting price of only $15990 I don’t think you could really ask for anything more for your money. It’s definitely the best car for it’s price range that’s I’ve driven.
Driving the Mirage was a refreshing change- I felt light and free and ready to take on the world (and those tiny parking spaces in the Aldi car park!)
The Mirage Sedan is designed for families looking for affordability and value for money without compromising on standard features, latest technology, safety and space. For more information visit the Mirage Sedan Showroom here.