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Mirage shines in offering value.

Byline: STEVE HUGHES

MITSUBISHI has revised its most affordable Mirage range, with a new entry-level version that costs PS1,000 less than the model it replaces.

It means that the new Mirage 3 model costs a whopping PS2,000 less than its cheapest Ford Fiesta rival.

Mitsubishi has also introduced a new PCP (personal contract purchase) finance scheme with no deposit required, although the interest rate is virtually 6%.

As the Bank of England base rate remains at less than just 1%, it may be worth considering a bank loan and paying cash for the car in order to secure a decent discount.

Mitsubishi says that the revised line-up for the Mirage is intended to provide models at the most competitive price in the heart of the small car segment. The new entry-level Mirage 3 is being offered with a manual transmission and is PS1,005 less than the outgoing Juro model, whilst the enhanced top specification Mirage 4 comes with a choice of manual or automatic transmission.

Powered by a three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine generating 80bhp, the Mirage accelerates to 60mph in 12.7 seconds and boasts 106Nm of pulling power.

This engine has been engineered to meet the new real-world emissions regulations and achieves a CO2 figure of 107g/km with claimed economy of up to 60mpg.

Despite being an entrylevel model, the Mirage 3 is a reasonably well-specified vehicle, with air conditioning, 14in alloy wheels, LED rear lamps and a rear spoiler. There is also a leather steering wheel and Bluetooth with music streaming and a four-speaker audio system. It also comes with automatic rain sensors, a keyless-entry operating system with push button start and an automatic stop/go system. It costs from PS11,295.

The Mirage 4 adds satellite navigation and DAB audio, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also includes climate control, cruise control and heated front seats, bi-xenon front headlamps, rear parking sensors and 15in alloy wheels. It costs from PS13,355.

Sales in Europe have increased by 29% in the last year to 168,000 vehicles, driven mainly by the success of the critically acclaimed Eclipse Cross and Outlander PHEV.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 8, 2019
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