The Mitsubishi Mirage vs. other hatchbacks


Still waiting for a refresh is the Philippine-spec Mirage hatchback. However, despite its somewhat dated look, especially when standing side-by-side with the new G4, the Mitsubishi Mirage still manages to hold the ground for Mitsubishi in the subcompact hatchback segment.


The cute city car comes with a dark radiator grille, multi-reflector halogen multi-reflector headlights, and bulb-type rear combination lamps.

Inside, you get a red-lit instrument meter with a tachometer and a multi-information display monitor with drive range, fuel consumption meter, and service reminder. The multi-media system can play music via a tuner, USB, iPod, Aux-in, and Bluetooth.

Power comes from a 1.2-liter engine mated to either a five-speed tranny or a CVT.

In terms of safety, the Mitsubishi Mirage comes with front SRS airbags and seatbelts front and back.

The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback is currently offered in two variants: a 1.2-liter manual and a 1.2-liter CVT. Pricing is at P704,000 and P765,000 respectively.

If you want to explore your options before you splash the cash, here are some segment staples you can choose from.

Toyota Wigo

Touted as a car that’s easy to own and easy to drive, the Toyota Wigo may just as well be the country’s number-one hatchback.


The Toyota Wigo offers a more modern look with its aggressive lighting setup. You get projector halogen headlamps, line guide-type clearance lamps, front fog lamps, rear combination lamps, and a rear spoiler-integrated stop lamp.

As an added bonus, Toyota also has a Sport Kit available for the Wigo which adds a sporty front spoiler, side skirts, a rear skirt, a two-tone rear spoiler, with TRD S decals and badge.

Its interior offers a multi-functional steering wheel with an analog instrument panel and a touchscreen display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also doubles as a monitor for the rear camera.

Under the hood is a 1.0-liter mill mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

Safety-wise you get SRS airbags at the front, ABS, a back sonar, a rear camera, a dashboard camera, and an anti-theft system.

The Toyota Wigo is sold in four variants with prices ranging from P568,000 to P700,000.

Honda Brio

The Honda Brio is another hot hatch you might want to consider. Its exterior amenities include multi-reflector halogen headlamps, fender-mounted turn signals, bulb-type tail lamps, and an LED high-mount stop lamp.

Honda Brio 2016

A chrome radiator grille with a honeycomb design adds to its sporty looks.

Inside is a multi-functional steering wheel, an analog instrument cluster with a tachometer and trip meter, and a touchscreen infotainment system.

Its power is provided by a 1.2-liter engine mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or CVT.

When it comes to safety, the Honda Brio comes with dual front airbags, seatbelts, and an immobilizer.

Honda offers the Brio in four variants with prices ranging from P601,000 to P735,000. 

Photos from Mistubishi, Toyota, and Honda

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