2014 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE SEDAN AUSTRALIA
Mitsubishi’s new Mirage Sedan is now on sale in Australia, launching this week with a $14,490 starting price.
Joining the $12,990 Mirage Hatch - one of Australia’s most affordable new cars - the new sedan brings more cabin and storage space to the range.
The sedan gets its own unique styling, but the new four-door also gets a longer wheelbase at 2550mm, while the hatch sits on a 2450mm base.
At 4245mm overall, the new addition is also a whopping 535mm longer than the hatch. For buyers, that means more space in the cabin and in the boot.
The sedan’s bigger numbers are reflected in its 944mm of rear legroom, compared to 901mm in the hatch’s rear row.
Honda’s new City sedan offers greater leg room with 982mm in the rear, but at 4440mm with a 2600mm wheelbase, it is also a longer car overall.
Rear storage is also significantly better in the sedan, offering 450 litres compared to 235 in the Mirage hatch.
The Mirage Sedan’s storage space still falls short of its competitors however, with the City sedan offering 536 litres in the rear. The Nissan Almera offers 490 litres.
In manual form, the Mirage sedan weighs in at 925kg, while the auto increases kerb weight to 940kg.
Power in the new Mirage sedan is provided by the same 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine that drives the hatch, offering 57kW at 6000rpm and 100Nm at 4000rpm in both.
A five-speed manual is available in the entry-level ES sedan, while a CVT auto is also available with the ES and standard in the top-spec LS model.
Both transmissions list fuel use at a frugal 4.9 l/100km on the combined cycle. CO2 emissions are also equal with both, rated at 116g/km.
CVT models are also equipped with Neutral Idle, designed to minimise vibration both for saving fuell and to create a quieter cabin space.
Suspension is by MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam setup at the rear.
Braking includes 355mm ventilated discs at the front and 203mm drums at the rear, sitting behind 15-inch alloys on both trim grades.
Electric-assisted steering is standard and Mitsubishi promises a 9.6 meter turning circle.
Standard features with the entry ES include 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior highlights, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, powered windows and mirrors, and a black suede-touch interior trim.
There’s also manual air-conditioning, USB and Bluetooth with voice calls and media connectivity, steering-mounted controls, and slide/recline/height adjustable driver’s seat.
Safety features include driver/passenger and side/curtain airbags, active stability control, hill-start control (CVT model), emergency-stop brake lights, two ISOFIX rear seat child restraints, three tether anchor rear seat child restraints and child-proof rear door locks.
Upgrading to the LS model adds climate control, keyless entry and power button start, auto headlights and wipers, leather-trimmed steering wheel, tinted windows, black embossed trim, and chrome and silver interior accents.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Mirage Sedan ES manual - $14,490
- Mirage Sedan ES CVT - $16,490
- Mirage Sedan LS CVT - $17,490