For more than a week this December (2017), I drove Mitsubishi’s Mirage G4.
It was a rental car which should give me a good look at the car.
Why am I so excited? Because I’m eyeing to buy the hatchback version of this car (also on my list are the Honda Brio and the Suzuki Celerio).
This is the exact car I drove from QC to Laguna to Subic to Clark and in small trips inside Metro Manila. Almost 500kms with the car and I guess that’s more than enough to write something about it.
The car had almost 31k in it’s Odometer, I’m not sure of it’s exact age, but 31k on a regular car should make it around 3 years old.
If you do a quick search… The car has a lot of negative reviews from Europe, US and Australia.
Positive side, it was the Philippines’ Car of the Year for 2012-13
So if you’re also thinking of buying this car… Hope this post will help in your decision.
Steering wheel’s audio controls were no longer working!
Visor was useless – I’m 5’8 and if I follow the “proper driving position,” the visor will block my view.
Steering wheel was blocking the turn lights (again following the “proper driving position”)
Speedo/Odometer had a blueish hue, which turned orange at night
Shift panel does not have lights which can be an issue if you’re not too familiar with the car.
A/C wasn’t strong enough – on a December!
No way to turn off “Eco Mode,” I believe this causes the half a second delay when stepping on the gas pedal. I find this dangerous if you’re not very familiar with the configuration. For provincial roads, the delay in acceleration will result to planned overtaking which can be tiring during long drives.
If you’ve read reviews about its weak rear suspension – it’s actually very weak, it also has this weird bounce when travelling in uneven roads at around 60kph… To those familiar with C5, there was this motorcycle lane near Taguig where the car just looses its poise…
I had 3 adult passengers at the back and after the trip they were complaining that the car had very stiff suspension. I told them it was not stiffness, the suspension was actually no longer moving!
Noise noise noise, I can hear the engine, the road and the car beside me.
I feel that if you’re one of those guys who sing in traffic, people outside will actually hear you!
The car can’t be all bad… Here’s a list of positives!
Can fit 5 adults, 4 if you want them to be comfortable
Start/Stop button – you need to get used to it, but I’m choosing it over the conventional car keys.
Reverse camera and sensors were so convenient
Turning radius, I was initially torn if its bigger… Or the car is just smaller.
So yes, my list of negatives are longer than my list of positives.
It’s also the reason why I started with the negatives.
One thing you have to consider is that you’ll be paying around 700 thousand pesos for this car. (G4 GLX – 712k as per TopGear Philippines)
At that price range, you can only get a Manual Vios, CVT Vios will cost around 840 thousand (1.3E AT as per TopGear Philippines)
If you’re thinking that the Vios is way bigger than the G4, look again… The 3rd Gen Vios is big, but the G4 is almost the same size as the 1st and 2nd Gen Vios.
I know I drove then top of the line GLS Mirage G4… Not the GLX.
And I honestly think the GLS is too expensive and you should look at other alternatives before buying one…
But the Mirage GLX (and the G4 variant) hits a sweet sopt in features and price.
If you’re 90% of the time alone in the car
Family of 3 (or even 4)
If that “out of town trip” is only twice a year (I do not count Tagaytay/Cavite/Batangas/Clark/Subic as out of town)
Then you can consider the Mirage. This will be a different if you’re considering a manual tranny car…. (get the Vios) But in 2018 (and beyond) I think it’s unfair to push my daughter to drive manual.
One thing about the car I rented… I tried so hard to keep the car’s Eco light on…
Did my calculations after returning the car… And I got 7km/l!
The car’s performance made me hope for 15km/l… 7 is just too low.
Maybe it’s the car’s maintenance, or lack thereof.