The 2019 Mirage is more eco-friendly than its forebear, as well as cheaper.
Mitsubishi’s updated Mirage supermini has gone on sale with a newly reduced price tag of just over £11,000.
The Fiesta- and Polo-rivalling hatchback has received a handful of minor upgrades for 2019, with the new price tag and a revamped engine key among the changes.
From the outside, there’s no clue to the car’s internal surgery, and the cabin hasn’t changed much either, but Mitsubishi has been hard at work with the 1.2-litre engine that forms the sole option for Mirage buyers.
A three-cylinder unit mated as standard to a manual transmission, the powertrain has been extensively re-engineered to meet the latest emissions standards and comply with the new, more ‘real-world’ WLTP economy test.
According to Mitsubishi, the 79 bhp engine is good for 0-62 mph in 12.7 seconds, while returning 60.1 mpg in its most efficient guise and carbon dioxide emissions of as little as 107 grams per kilometre travelled.
And with the reduced running costs comes a reduced retail price. The new Mirage starts from £11,295 - around £1,000 cheaper than the old model - and for that you get the entry-level ‘3’ variant.
Available only with a manual gearbox, the ‘3’ comes with 14-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lights and a small spoiler above the back window. Inside, there’s air conditioning, a Bluetooth media system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
There’s a handful of on-board gizmos, too, including automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers and a keyless entry system with push-button ignition, allowing you to open the doors and start the engine without removing the key from your pocket.
Upgrading to the top-of-the-range ‘4’ model will cost an extra £2,000 or so, with prices starting at £13,355. For that, you get larger 15-inch alloy wheels and bi-xenon front headlights, as well as a range of interior upgrades.
In the ‘4’, the dashboard is dominated by the Mitsubishi Global Navigation (MGN) system, which integrates satellite navigation and digital radio with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity software. Automatic climate control, heated seats and cruise control also feature, while rear parking sensors round out the highlights.
And those with a little more to spend can choose to have the ‘4’ model in automatic guise, although ticking that particular option box will set you back an extra £665, bringing the total cost to just over £14,000.