Mitsubishi Space Star: Should You Still Buy It?

Modified in 2020, does the Mitsubishi Space Star, a small and discreet Japanese city car that makes price its main argument, still have something to seduce?

It sold less in eight years than a Peugeot 208 in two months. The Mitsubishi Space Star is making an appearance in France, where it had a very discreet career, with 10,751 units sold (end of January 2022) since its arrival in 2013.

Reverse Medal; its relative rarity makes it an original model that, since its second refurbishment in 2020, benefits from a real personality.

Yes, Space Star can still seduce some people…

This development also benefited the presentation of the interior, which now has a multimedia interface in the a 7 inch touch screen (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto) from the Red Line finish (€15,090).

The safety equipment was, at the same time, enriched with the autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detectionLane departure warning and automatic switching from high to low beam on the top-of-the-range version.

But from the basic finish, the small Japanese, which displays 235 liters of trunk and has a 5-seat homologation – unlike some of its rivals – it also has manual air conditioning, a CD player radio with USB input, electrical adjustments in the external mirrors and automatic activation of the headlights and windshield wipers.

Economical to usewith a consumption that can flirt with 5 l/100 km in suburban areas, this city dweller very popular in Asia also benefits fromfive-year extended warranty.

And, for those who prefer not to change gears, a version with CVT automatic transmission is offered, for €1,000 What else.

Finally, one of the main arguments of this Japanese produced in Thailand maintains its price: it starts at €12,990 and benefits from almost systematic discounts that allow you to stay below €11,000.

This is the price of certain potential competitors when they hit the second-hand market.

No, Japanese is from another era…

Red Line’s standard “hands-free” access starting system is a valuable piece of equipment in everyday life. But as soon as the door is opened, the first contact with Space Star, the industrialization economies become apparent.

Mitsubishi Space Star

The band is light and, when closed, its noise is that of a low cost car. The dashboard materials are of the same type and the driving position will not be able to satisfy everyone.

We’re sitting too high, in a seat with some comfort and that cannot be adjusted… in height. At the rear, the roof protection is very tight, save for small jigs, and the 2/3-1/3 files just tuck under the trunk, leaving no flat floor.

On the driving side, Mitsubishi made New out of the old : road services did not benefit from successive renovations.

The suspension remains very firm at low speeds, to the detriment of comfort, but does not prevent excessive body roll in corners.

Mechanical transmission gear is too long, forcing you to constantly downshift to restart, while the steering ends up being sticky and not very accurate. Finally, the soundproofing recalls the canonical age of this noisy Space Star on the highways.

Definitely, it is only in the city, where the performance of its modest 1.0 liter engine of 71 hp is enough, that the Japanese does it with honor.

Mitsubishi Space Star

We love

  • attractive price
  • Basic equipment
  • CVT proposal
  • Extended warranty

we love less

  • driving position
  • road services
  • Finishing and soundproofing
  • back space

GASOLINE RANGE
71 hp, from €12,390 to €17,290

Spec Sheet (Mitsubishi Space Star)

  • Weight (kg): from 845
  • LxWxH (m): 3.85×1.67×1.51
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.45
  • Tank (l): 35
  • Chest of 5 (l): 235

THE RIVALS

  • Suzuki Swift
    • LxWxH (m): 3.85×1.74×1.50
    • Trunk (l): 265
    • From 83 to 129 hp, from €15,790
  • Hyundai i10
    • LxWxH (m): 3.67×1.68×1.48
    • Trunk (l): 252
    • From 67 to 100 hp, from €12,240
  • Toyota Aygo X
    • LxWxH (m): 3.70×1.74×1.53
    • Trunk (l): 231
    • 72 hp, from €15,990

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