You don’t have to spend too long looking at the engineering of the Mirage to realise that it’s been developed down to a price, with cost of running as a priority. Therefore it’s not really fair to expect it to be a pin-sharp driver’s car. You get the choice of two engines, both petrol-powered. The entry-level powerplant is a 70bhp 1.0-litre unit, which is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Pay a bit more and you can choose a 79bhp 1.2-litre manual car with the option of a CVT automatic gearbox that really takes the drag out of city driving. This engine is quite perky, getting to 60mph in 11.7 seconds and running onto 112mph.
Porsche will unveil a total of three new models at motor shows in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Guangzhou in China this month.
The Subaru Legacy Concept will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Motor Show today, hinting at the design direction for an all-new version of Subaru’s flagship Legacy model.