New Mirage “cheapest to run” says Australian study

Mitsubishi’s new Mirage is Australia’s cheapest car to run, according to a survey of the country’s top-selling vehicles by the influential Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV).

The five-door Mirage hatchback came out on top in the RACV’s annual Vehicle Operating Costs survey that determines the all-in cost of running a car over five years/75,000km - financing, scheduled servicing, depreciation, insurance and registration, fuel and tyres.

The Mirage ES took the crown with a weekly cost - A$112.81- lower than any other car studied.

“The Australian report confirms what we’re hearing this side of the Tasman”, said Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand’s head of sales and marketing strategy Dan Cook.  “Back in the 80s and 90s Mirage helped families and small businesses keep a lid on their motoring costs. Now, so is its 2013 namesake. In particular, its unprecedented fuel economy rating of 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres (or 61 miles per gallon) is making a big difference to motoring budgets”.

The Australian ES model is similar in specification to the Mirage LS offered, alongside a GLS version, in New Zealand.