Mitsubishi Mirage and Mitsubishi Attrage (12)

Here we have the latest Mirage hatchback and the Attrage sedan; Mitsubishi’s approach on building an eco car the old fashion way: Small engine, lightweight aerodynamic car. Because of their cartoonish proportions, Mitsubishi’s latest Mirage hatchback and Attrage sedan looks like a giant toy car which should have a giant aerial on its roof, but it’s proper and it works.

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Despite having the same parents, both the Mirage hatchback and Attrage sedan have a split personality. The Mirage looks cheerful with a happy face. The car’s slim front grilles, oversized roof spoiler and slab-sided flanks suggests that this is one smooth shaped car. The Attrage on the other hand looks elegant. It wears more chrome and has a rear boot to hoot. The large chrome grille dominates the front on the Attrage, surely looks more menacing than the bubbly Mirage.

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You sit fairly forward in the Mirage and the Attrage with all the controls within your reach. Hard plastics dominate the interior while the piano-effect trim on the centre console tries to lift things. The dashboard is well laid out and solidly screwed together while the steering wheel and gearstick get a soft leather finish. There’s also a decent amount of storage compartments, cubbies and cup holders around the interior to hold all your stray bits and pieces. That low roofline, small rear window and the dark interior in the Mirage hatchback makes the interior of the car feels a bit dark and rather claustrophobic. In the Attrage sedan, you would get a sense of deja-vu from as you would in the Mirage hatchback, only brighter.

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Thanks to both of the car’s long wheelbase, the legroom for the front and rear passengers are generous. The Attrage sedan has an extra 100mm on its wheelbase compared to the Mirage meaning you could stretch your legs as you would in the Nissan Almera. Head and shoulder room are pretty good too for a car of its type. The Attrage sedan has a class leading rear bootspace of 450-litres. That almost doubles the 235-litres of space offered by the Mirage hatchback. Unfortunately you can’t fold down Attrage’s rear seat as you would in the Mirage.

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It’s brilliant in the city, and as an open-road blastabout it’s better than you might expect. It might share a name with a military jet but the Mirage is no laser-guided weapon to drive. Having said that, the Mirage feels agile thanks to the car’s corner-positioned wheels making it straightforward to manoeuvre at any speed super tight turning circle. The steering feels light and easy when roaming around the slow traffic, but disconcertingly vague at higher speeds. The fact that it’s fun to drive compromises the way it rides, and can feel quite firm, juddering over rough road surfaces. Mitsubishi Mirage (25)

Despite its dimension, the Mirage hatchback weighs only 850 kilograms while the Attrage sedan weighs 55 kilograms more at 905 kilograms. That’s lighter than the carbon fibre bodied Alfa Romeo 4C two-seater sports coupe! Both cars are powered with a same 1.2-litre engine: the Mirage hatchback has 77 hp and 100 Nm of torque while the Attrage sedan is slightly more powerful at 79 hp and 106 Nm of torque. In its intended city environment, there’s little to touch it in terms of outright usability thanks to the lightness of the controls, perkiness of from its naturally aspirated three-cylinder engine.

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I know what you’re thinking. Only 1.2-litre? Will it be underpowered for a car of its size? Even a Perodua Myvi has 0.1-litre more, let alone its competitors for the likes of the Nissan Almera, Toyota Vios and the Honda City are all equipped with a 1.5-litre engine. You see, Mitsubishi engineers has gone back to basic by making a lightweight car coupled that with a slippery shape and an economical engine, you get a car that uses less energy. It makes a sweet engine note too. Surprisingly on the open road, the Mirage hatchback and the Attrage sedan feels well planted with enough muscle to build the momentum speed.

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With an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.29, it is also as slippery as a Porsche 918; coupled that with a light weight body construction and a small engine, the Mitsubishi Mirage is frugal without resorting to a complex hybrid or all electric drivetrain. Both the Mirage hatchback and the Attrage sedan are some 7% lighter than most of its competitors. The 1.2-litre engine is then paired with a silky smooth Continuous Variable automatic transmission that helps to plant the power efficiently and eliminate power or fuel wastage. The gear gate reads P-R-N-D-S with no manual selector nor paddle shifters to fiddle with. For those who likes to be in control, it does have a ‘Sport’ mode that locks the gear that holds the engine revs when the car is going down on a long steep hill.

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Mitsubishi Motor Malaysia has been making a huge deal about both their their Mirage and Attrage is able to go 21 kilometre for each litre of fuel, that claim is true if you are light footed and able to do 4.76-litre of petrol per 100 km at 80 km/h on the highway. In the real world, you can get between 6.8 to 7.2-litre per 100 km (13.8km to 14.7 km per litre) on average city driving. That’s pretty impressive considering that both the Mirage and Attrage is not a hybrid car. Being lightweight and powered with an economical small engine will only save your fuel bills and the number of times to the fuelling station.

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When gulping kilometres, there is barely any road or wind noise when driving around town at lower speeds in the Mirage, and it remains calm when out on open roads. But, get the car up to highway speeds and the wind tyre noise start to become intrusive. As the car load gets heavier with extra occupants and luggages, the Mirage and the Attrage struggles a little during hill climbing or travelling beyond the national speed limits. Overall it is not an issue considering that most cars today spent most of its time in crawling in the city.

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Thanks to a strong lightweight body construction, it feels like a safe place to be, with the Mirage and Attrage securing high star rating in most reputable crash safety tests, coming equipped with dual airbags as standard. In terms of equipment, it only really matched by the considerably more expensive premium rivals. The RM65,674 Mirage GS and the RM 69,980 Attrage GS are fitted with front fog lamps, large rear spoiler for the Mirage, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, an automatic air conditioner, a quality audio system with iPod/USB interface and a push start button with keyless entry. Both are fully imported from Thailand and comes with a three-year warranty or 100,000 km. Being a Mitsubishi, it is also cheap to run and service.

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We applaud Mitsubishi for going back to basic when creating a compact city car. Overall the Mirage hatchback and Attrage sedan are efficient, well-equipped and has a unique blend of style, economy and practicality that lifts above many of the other small hatchbacks and sedans on the market. It is a better car than what most people realise. We do however recommend future owners to tick the comfortable RM1,500 leather seats option that makes the interior of the car feels more expensive than it is. Either way, though, you should end up with one of the greenest, safest and dependable compact car on the market. On another note, you could even say to your mates that your Mirage or Attrage is as desirable as a Porsche 918 (or an Alfa Romeo 4C).

Mitsubishi Mirage and Mitsubishi Attrage (22)

Mitsubishi Mirage 1.2 GS Hatchback
Price RM 65,974 (With Insurance)
Engine 1,193cc three-cylinder 12-valve inline petrol engine
Configuration Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Power 77 hp at 6,000rpm
Torque 100 Nm at 4,000rpm
Transmission Automatic, Continuous Variable Transmission
Brakes Front ventilated disc brakes, Rear drum brakes
Suspension Front MacPherson Strut, Rear Torsion beam
Performance 0-100 km/h in 14.6 seconds, 180 km/h maximum speed
Fuel Consumption (average) 21 kilometre per litre of petrol, 4.76-litres of petrol per 100km (claimed)
Length 3,710 mm
Width 1,665 mm
Height 1,500 mm
Wheelbase 2,450 mm
Weight 850 kg
Tyre size 165/65R14, 14-inch alloy wheels

 

Mitsubishi Attrage 1.2 GS sedan
Price RM 69,980 (With Insurance)
Engine 1,193cc three-cylinder 12-valve inline petrol engine
Configuration Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Power 79 hp at 6,000rpm
Torque 106 Nm at 4,000rpm
Transmission Automatic, Continuous Variable Transmission
Brakes Front ventilated disc brakes, Rear drum brakes
Suspension Front MacPherson Strut, Rear Torsion beam
Performance 0-100 km/h in 14.8 seconds, 180 km/h maximum speed
Fuel Consumption (average) 21 kilometre per litre of petrol, 4.76-litres of petrol per 100km (claimed)
Length 4,245 mm
Width 1,670 mm
Height 1,515 mm
Wheelbase 2,550 mm
Weight 905 kg
Tyre size 185/55R15, 15-inch alloy wheels

 

 

 



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