Mitsubishi Space Star concept

The new is small, big

The new Space Star from Mitsubishi in the first driving report

Small car. Let's be honest, nobody really likes to drive small cars. And the reasons are also very clear: A small car can only ever be a minimal answer to the question of how to get from A to B. However, if you live in the city and do not give the automobile as important as I do, you may be thinking about buying a small but practical car.

Time to look at the youngest sprout of the brand with the three diamonds in the grill. 

Whether you have a small car of all things "Space Star”Should call? A good question - the name implies an abundance of space and with the manufacturer Mitsubishi, the memory of a former model from their own company - and that was not a small car at the time.

The Mitsubishi “Space Star” is sold as “Mirage” in other parts of the world, only in Germany there were concerns about any naming rights. (Googling will find references to the tuner Gemballa). Nevertheless, naming the brand's smallest vehicle “Space Star”, of all things, I find remarkably brave, but it is also an indication of a special talent of the new “Global Small Platform” in the three diamond house.

Mitsubishi Space Star driving report

What is special about the Space Star?

With the The Mirage,, pardon, Space Star is replacing Mitsubishi's successful Colt, which by the way is already in my shop "Car of the year”Was! And although the Space Star has become smaller, in fact it is only 3,7 meters long, it should offer more space in the interior than its 20 centimeter longer predecessor. And with 235 liters of luggage space, there is also 21 liters more space in it.

I cannot say with certainty how much space was lost on the back seat - because I neither had a measuring tape to hand, nor can I find the data for it on the Internet. It feels like the second row is less spacious than before in the Mitsubishi Colt. Which should solve part of the “outside shorter - inside bigger” puzzle.

Concentration on microcar virtues

Enough trunk volume to not surrender when shopping before the tour to the beverage retailer, enough space in the first row and still the opportunity to fill the second row if necessary. A small car is often used in everyday life only for short distances, for commuting or for shopping trips and this is 90% with only one person on board. Mitsubishi has chosen the The Mirage, - pardon, the space star, so consciously focused on the claims as a “city mobile”. This also includes the extremely practical and small turning circle of just 9,2 meters and a new generation of engines to make everyday life as efficient as possible.

Mitsubishi Space Star side view

Three cylinders have to be enough

With a new generation (3A9 compressed higher!) Mitsubishi wants to offer a particularly efficient, yet powerful drive for the small urban flea of ​​MIVEC engines. At Mitsubishi, MIVEC stands for variable timing and valve lifts of the camshafts, which not only increases the joy of turning and thus driving pleasure, but should also stand for economical everyday life.

The 1.0 l three-cylinder delivers 71 hp and 88 Nm and the 1.2 liter three-cylinder that I also drive brings 80 hp and 106 Nm. With the exception of the 1.0 basic petrol engine in the basic equipment, all engines are delivered with an automatic start & stop.

Mitsubishi specifies a consumption of 4.0 to 4.4 liters per 100 kilometers in the NEDC. My - very short - test drive with the Space Star 1.2 showed the possibilities only to a limited extent. With 5.5 liters on the display in the cockpit, I would rate the chances of realistic consumption of less than 5 liters per 100 kilometers as given.

The manners of the cute little engine are manageable, but the 1.0 in the Clear Tec variant shines with a minimum CO2 emissions of just 92 grams per kilometer. Either luxury - or save.

Ease and resistance

It is not without pride that the “Mitsubishians” refer to the drag coefficient of 0,27 and the curb weight of only 825 kilograms and indeed, the drag coefficient is good for such a small car and the curb weight stands for homework done. Incidentally, a VW Golf 1 was only 3.7 meters long and weighed only 825 kilograms. However, we were still talking about the compact car class at the time - with 37 kW it already consumed 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers and could only dream of six airbags, keyless go and a navigation system. This is only as a guide - if you consider what we are actually talking about today when it comes to small cars.

Mirage Space Star Mitsubishi

My first impression:

Emotionally liberated Japanese small car. The upbeat colors can't change that either. But as I said: "Who likes small cars?".

However, when it comes to meandering through narrow streets, taking advantage of the last gap in supermarket parking lots and turning in one go, the Space Star demonstrates its class-typical strengths. Over land, the springs and dampers of the chassis could react a little more sensitively, the steering feel in the middle position could be more precise, and the gearshift could provide more feedback via the gear lever guide.

Unusually good:

The all-round view and the feeling of space. It looks really spacious, especially in the front. I still imagine micro cars differently. And the equipment of the driven model was also complete. Six airbags, brake assist and daytime running lights are always on board, as are the electric windows for the front doors.

If you choose the 1.2 with the highest Shine + equipment, you can look forward to the light and rain sensor, the 7 inch Mitsubishi multimedia sound and navigation system (including Bluetooth), a leather steering wheel and a leather gear knob and the Smart -Key key system, in which the driver can open, close and start the vehicle without taking the ignition key out of his pocket.

Mitsubishi Space Star Test photo from the front

As the manufacturer describes it:

Room for more

More efficiency. More comfort. More freedom. More space. More safety. More choices.

What I noticed particularly positive is: 

  1. The small turning circle of 9,2 meters is really ideal for the city. Pizza delivery services will go for it. 
  2. The starting price is pleasantly clear at € 8.990 and you actually already get a full car for this - for the journey from A to B.
  3. Lively colors. Mitsubishi offers 8 attractive colors.

Mitsubishi Space Star cockpit

What can he do better than his competitors?

Turn. Thanks to the good clarity and the small turning circle, the Space Star is a lively city flea with real turning talent.

Save up. The starting price protects the wallet and the consumption saves the tank budget.

Mitsubishi space star display display cockpit

What are the competitors better at?

Steering feel and suspension comfort leave room for improvement.

Mitsubishi Mirage Space Star micro car


  • The new Space Star starts at 13. April
  • 2 petrol engines are available
  • 6 airbags are standard
  • Easy handling
  • Starting price 8.990 €
  • 4.0 l on 100 KM in the EuroNEFZ

Conclusion - The new Space Star is ...

.. still a Japanese small car that does not create emotional leaps in the air - but it is a clever car with talent for saving in everyday life, a good amount of space in the front row, excellent clarity and it starts at a fair starting price.



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