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    Australian Mirage test drive - from Aussie forum.

    Link here http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2044940

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    I test drove the Mirage yesterday. It was pretty much what I was expecting, and – for its intended role – acquits itself better than some of the more scathing reviews would suggest.

    Pros:
    - Reasonably perky performance
    - Really fun sounding 3 cylinder engine note at around 4,000rpm
    - Very easy gear change and clutch action
    - Interior is actually quite nicely finished for the price
    - Very easy to manouvre in tight spaces, with excellent turning circle.
    - Surprisingly roomy; even for tall people (190cm and I was comfy with loads of head room).

    Cons:
    - Footrest is intrusive if you have big feet
    - Handling is a bit roly-poly
    - Grip isn't the greatest (possibly the stock tyres aren't up to snuff?)
    - Clutch and steering perhaps a little too overassisted? Although if you're 4'11" and weigh < 50kg, this might be a pro
    - Just adequate on the highway, but then this is true of any 3 cylinder car

    Also, the base ES effectively starts from $11,990 d/a at the moment ($12,990 less $1,000 Westfield gift card). For that kind of coin, it's incredibly competitive. I wouldn't buy anything other than the base model; if you want to spend more than say $14k on a brand new car, you could do better. But for $12k drive away it's a no-brainer. No wonder the dealer I went to reckons they've sold 10 this week ..!



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    Nice find, Jamie.

    I moved this to the owners/members review section, since it's a review by a "real" person (meaning, not a pro auto reviewer, but someone with his own money on the line in the decision).

    They should come join us here!

    (Actually, I see we picked up a few more Aussie members yesterday - welcome, everyone.)

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


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    Maybe some will find us from that forum.



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