First impressions (Mirage GLS CVT)
A brief background leading up to purchasing my new Mirage GLS. I presently own an MX5 and a 2.4 CVT Outlander.
To reduce our vehicle running costs a small practical hatchback seems a good option.So when I saw the technical data on the new Mirage it looked like a possible option. We currently travel approximately 60000km a year and I would expect to do more than half of this in the new car. I must admit to having owned mostly Mitsubishis in the past including 2 of the original Mirages [5 door hatchback and 3 door Turbo]
Now my initial impressions after 1 week and 1100km,
The steering was a little strange [dead and weak self centering at first] but am now comfortable with it.
The ride is very good particularly over bridge expansion joints and cats eyes.
Visibility is excellent as is getting into and out of the vehicle.
Washing the car is an easy task.
The lights are more than adequate for highway travel at night.
It is easy to keep the eco light on - I would estimate that so far in excess of 98% of drive time.
The brakes have a very progressive feel to them and work well.
Haven't used the B option for the CVT yet but haven't felt the need to.
Road noise probably a little more than our Outlander but quite acceptable.
I find the look of the car pleasant enough with the rear being not quite as attractive.
We get a full set of floor mats in NZ. Do others get this as standard?
In NZ and Australia we get a two tone dash and front door trimmings as standard. What do other markets offer?
The front seats and driving position are excellent - I drove 700km one day and was very comfortable.
I've already taken up the suggestion for a stick on LED lamp for the luggage space.
A couple of features I miss - no temperature gauge just a warning light and no outside temperature reading.
I have experienced a vibration while stopped at an intersection a couple of times but the instruction manual said
this is normal.
To date I'm very happy with the car and looking forward to seeing how the fuel economy works out.
View my fuel log 2013 Mirage GLS 1.2 automatic: 46.8 mpg (US) ... 19.9 km/L ... 5.0 L/100 km ... 56.2 mpg (Imp)