The starter motor is loud. Kind of sounds like when the start motor hits the flywheel or flexplate that there is a lot of noise in that exchange as well. In an effort to keep the vehicle inexpensive (not cheap), Mitsubishi didn't spend a lot of money on refinement in this area. Not only is it loud, but it takes maybe 3/4's of a second to start. Which is not long but it's not particularly quick either.
On my Lexus (for example), I hear the motor hit the flexplate, but after that I do not hear any more starter noise and it quickly cranks. I just keep in mind that this is the result of a Mirage being so inexpensive ... corners were cut. And that's perfectly fine by me.
View my fuel log 2020 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 42.6 mpg (US) ... 18.1 km/L ... 5.5 L/100 km ... 51.2 mpg (Imp)