Poll: 1.0L Mirage engine = 7.5% better fuel economy. Would you choose it?
For those of you who got the 1.2, would you have bought or considered the 1.0 if it were available? You get a bit less power, but better fuel economy.
The 1.0L 3A90 engine is ony available in the Mirage / Space Star in Japan and parts of Europe. The Euro/Asian ratings for the 2 engines are:
1.2L 3A92 --- 57 kW (78 PS / 77 HP) @ 6000 rpm
1.0L 3A90 --- 52 kW (71 PS / 70 HP) @ 6000 rpm
So, roughly 9% less power. In North American spec, that would translate to roughly 67 HP instead of 74.
I would pick the 1.0 in a heartbeat. (I currently drive a 1.0L 5MT ... not a Mirage ... with about 50 HP, in a car that's only slightly lighter than the 5MT Mirage.)
Some auto reviewers even prefer driving the 1.0 over the 1.2 (but didn't say why): Mitsubishi go big on Space Star's small price (Ireland review - Independent.ie)
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)