The stylish and compact Mitsubishi Mirage Juro is an ideal car for heading into town
Once upon a time, driving for a day out in the city could be a stressful experience. It’s different now. Admittedly, finding a parking space can still be a pain, but you can make any urban adventure hassle- free and enjoyable by bookending it with the right choice of transport.
And what is that right choice? Well, let’s start by making a list of the qualities an ideal city car should have.
It should be able to get you into the heart of the action with the minimum of fuss, and then out of it again in the same relaxed fashion when you’ve had your fill of the hustle and bustle.
It should handle as well in cramped city streets and multistorey car parks as it does on the open road.
It should be tough enough to take a knock, whether from a carelessly swung bag or a bargain-crazed shopper homing in on that last parking space.
And it should be able to provide a level of comfort, civility and entertainment out of all proportion to its size.
Step forward the Mitsubishi Mirage Juro. This is a very accommodating little car, in more ways than one.
It’s a city car, but it’s a full five-seater with an underfloor storage box. Its carefully considered ‘Zen’ cabin design will smooth the most furrowed urban brow.
And it’s economical. Very economical. 65.7mpg on the combined cycle. For that, you can thank the light and compact 1.2-litre petrol engine with standard Auto Stop & Go, the use of lightweight, high-tensile steel in the bodywork, a bundle of clever and efficient whirly bits in the engine, and a sneaky shape that slips through the air.
Once you’ve reached the restaurant, shops or theatre, the Mirage Juro will make light work of even the tightest spaces, thanks to rear parking sensors that are included as standard.
That brings us to the options. If you like options, you might want to look elsewhere because just about everything you could possibly want is already in the Mirage Juro. The list includes cruise control, heated front seats, climate controlled air-con, automatic lights and wipers, a CD stereo with DAB radio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, USB socket, electric windows, keyless entry, leather-covered steering wheel and gearknob, bi-xenon headlights, and an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) system which strobes your hazard lights if you ever have to step hard on the brakes.
All that’s in addition to ABS with EBD, Active Stability and Traction Control, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and six airbags. Not to mention a smashing colour palette that includes metallic black and a rather voguish pearlescent Purple Berry.
The Mirage Juro also comes with a five-year, 62,500-mile warranty – so it will last longer than most of your purchases.
It’s a combination of practicality and style that makes city driving a joy.
A few Mirage Juro facts someone with an interest in numbers and saving money might like. The C02 emissions are 100g/km for the five-speed manual and 99g/km for the CVT auto. Top speed for the manual is 112mph, and you can fit 175 litres in the luggage area with the seats folded.