Mitsubishi Space Star 1.2 (2015) – test [PL] [review ENG sub] | Project Automotive

Mitsubishi Space Star 1.2 (2015) – test [PL] [review ENG sub] | Project Automotive


Mitsubishi Space Star – it used to be big, today it’s small.
It used to be a minivan, today it’s a city car
and in Mitsubishi’s range it replaces Colt.
It looks like it was designed by accident
but how much of an accident is really in the car?
We will find it out in the upcoming episode of Project Automotive, enjoy!
We would like to thank Arpol Company, Seat and Mitsubishi dealership
located in Toruń by Szosa Bydgoska 52 for lending us the car.
Designers of the smallest Mitsubishi didn’t try to hide inexpensive nature of the car
anyway it was designed mostly for clients from developing countries.
Interior is made of good quality materials, but it’s grey and dull.
It looks a bit like it was designed few years ago, but it’s not a drawback.
Storage spaces are located only in the front part of the car
trunk’s shelf hangs only on one string
and boot’s finished with just one carpet.
Start button is located on the left hand side of the steering wheel
I don’t know if it’s Porsche’s reference or maybe… Lada’s?
Seats are poorly profiled, but they’re comfortable.
However, rear couch is flat and hard like a wooden board – this is a bit surprising.
Space Star’s boot is 235 liters big
folded seats don’t leave flat surface.
Is it enough? Every user should speak for themselves.
But it’s not that important, let’s see how this car goes.
Alright, help me get out!
Space Star handles surely and despite leaning on the sides on corners
the whole handling deserves a plus.
Power steering feels like being just too strong
but helps greatly in an urban enviroment or tight car parks.
However, other unusual solution is disturbing.
When we turn the steering wheel maximally
it won’t go back to the neutral position.
If we are aware of it – that’s not a big deal
but if not, we may be kinda surprised.
And we can go like that on and on in circles.
Engine is naturally aspirated, it has three cylinders and develops 80hp of power from 1.2 liter.
This is the most powerful engine from the Space Star’s range
weaker one is 1.0 and develops 71 hp.
Is the amount of power like that, enough?
Well, this is a city car, so acceleration from 0 to 100 kph
at the level of 12 seconds is a quite satysfying result.
Mitsubishi is dynamic and elastic.
Why is that? Mostly because of the little weight of the car
Mitsubishi weighs just 845 kg.
Little weight of a car influences also the fuel consumption.
Mitsubishi Space Star on longer trips needs just around 4,5l of fuel per 100 km
in the city it’ll need about 2 liters more
and we don’t have to try hard to achieve such a result.
Fun fact – for 3 000 PLN (700 euro) we can buy optional CVT gearbox
which will increase the driving comfort and will slightly reduce the fuel consumption.
At the first glance, the price of a basic Space Star being at the level of 39 900 PLN (9 300 euro)
doesn’t seem to be an attractive offer
but the top model costs just 46 900 PLN (10 900 euro)
and is equipped in for example cruise control, automatic air conditioning
electronically adjusted and heated side mirrors or keyless access to the car.
This seems to be a good deal.
Now remains only the matter of Space Star’s rivals
in theory they are the others japanese toddlers, such as Toyota Yaris or Suzuki Swift
but they’re longer by 18 and 14 centimetres respectively from presented car.
On the other hand, the cars of segment A are significantly shorter.
So to which class should we insert the Space Star? B-? A+?
To answer this question I looked through our previous reviews
Renault Twingo, a member of segment A and Toyota Yaris, belonging to the segment B.
It seems that Space Star is a worthy rival to both cars from both groups.
I think that this is completely irrelevant
does the potential client care about the classes membership?
I doubt it. People care if the car is good, if it drives well and what it represents.
Mitsubishi is a painfully simple car – we won’t find here modern technologies
we won’t find any modern gadgets
but still it’s not giving you an impression of vulgarly cheap car like for example Dacia.
You can say that it’s boring, with no expression
it’s not standing out from other cars on the steets
but I will tell you that it’s a very rational choice.
Rational car among others designed only according to „lifestyle”.
Mitsubishi Space Star is a good car
but maybe a few years late…
Marcin? Already done?

5 Replies to “Mitsubishi Space Star 1.2 (2015) – test [PL] [review ENG sub] | Project Automotive”

  1. Jak zawsze super materiał 🙂
    Rzeczywiście nie wstrzelił się w odpowiedni moment na rynku. Pamiętacie Fiata Pandę z 2003 roku? On jest idealnym konkurentem dla Space Stara i kosztował w podstawie (z tego co pamiętam) w okolicach 26 000 zł. Mitsubishi obecnie jest droższe o ponad 10 000 zł… Wydaje się sporo, ale przez ten czas (witamy UE) standardy mocno się zmieniły i stąd w głównej mierze bierze się taka różnica w cenie.
    Gdyby udało się zejść z ceną o 6 000 zł myślę, że to dźwignęłoby sprzedaż. Póki co Space Star jest małym egzotykiem na naszych drogach 😉

  2. Отличный и экономичный авто с современным дизайном… Ничего лишнего…

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