Even if you didn't know that the Mitsubishi design team had set out to style one of the most aerodynamic small cars you can buy, you might guess the fact from a look at this Mirage. Everything about the shape - the front grille with its minimal opening, the wind-cheating front bumper, the deeply sculpted sides - all of it's there to optimise a slippery airflow, and though the result certainly isn't the most distinctive look in the citycar sector, it's one that effectively achieves its objectives, with a 0.27Cd drag co-efficient that embarrasses some boxier rivals.
The driving position's quite good, though the seats could be a little more supportive over longer distances and it's a pity that the steering column still doesn't adjust for reach as well as rake. What we do like though, is the way that the front-end design allows the driver to see right to the end of the bonnet, so making it easier to park. The low beltline improves sidewards vision too. Through the leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, a three-dial arrangement sees the main speedometer flanked by a rev counter to the left and a rather pointless 'ECO' meter to the right. Lower down in the speedo is an LCD trip computer that unfortunately you have to operate by using a plastic knob in the instrument binnacle rather than via the steering wheel. As before, this car is well packaged, with decent interior space front and rear. In fact, the amount of leg room provided is greater than that on offer from a number of bigger cars we could mention. There's a 235-litre boot.