Mighty mini hatchbacks: Suzuki S-Presso vs. Mitsubishi Mirage

Mighty mini hatchbacks: Suzuki S-Presso vs. Mitsubishi Mirage

Considering the fluctuating gas prices, it seems like it's always an opportune time to be owning mini hatchbacks. Such vehicles promise double-digit fuel economy ratings — a result of their light construction which their little engines carry with minimal effort.

So if you wish or need to motor around in a fuel-miser, the Suzuki S-Presso and Mitsubishi Mirage are among the better bets in the market. 

Suzuki's entry into the segment offers a refreshing kick, with a funky SUV-inspired design that can be finished in a screaming orange hue, and of course, excellent economy. As the S-Presso has a measly curb weight of between 750 and 770 kilograms, its one-liter engine and five-speed manual can muster a manufacturer-claimed 21kpl. 

As a basic car, the S-Presso's interior has the ABCs covered with a seven-inch touchscreen audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and a modern digital instrument panel, which are all housed within a "pod" on the dashboard. 

It may be small, but the S-Presso proves it can emerge mighty from a collision. The vehicle body is equipped with total effective control technology (TECT), which is designed to collect and diffuse the energy produced in a crash. Dual airbags also up the safety quotient. 

Mitsubishi's offering is already seen as a stalwart in the segment, packing classy styling that adorns an aerodynamic body. Thanks to the slippery shape, as well as the combination of a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and five-speed manual or CVT, the Mirage can achieve up to 23kpl. The Mirage weighs around 940kg. 

For safety, the car uses a Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body, complete with crumple zones that absorb and divert crash energy away from the vehicle’s occupants. The Mirage was also recognized by the ASEAN NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) for Adult Occupancy Protection. 

To keep passengers entertained, the Mirage is equipped with a 2DIN audio system with an AM/FM tuner, replete with connectivity for an auxiliary cord, Bluetooth, iPod, and USB. For a classier cabin ambience, the cabin is finished in black with silver finishes on the tiller. 

The spec sheets of the S-Presso and Mirage belie their dinky dimensions. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Suzuki S-Presso GL M/T

Mitsubishi Mirage 1.2 M/T and 1.2 CVT

Overall Length (mm)

3,565

3,795

Overall Width (mm)

1,520

1,665

Overall Height (mm)

1,565

1,500

Wheelbase (mm)

2,380

2,450

Minimum turning radius (m)

4.5

4.6

Minimum ground clearance (mm)

180

160

Engine type

K10B

3A92

Number of cylinders

3

3

Number of valves

12

12

Piston Displacement (cc)

998

1,193

Maximum output (hp)

67

76

Maximum torque (Nm)

90

100

Fuel distribution 

Multipoint Injection

Multipoint Injection

Fuel type

Gasoline

Gasoline

Transmission type

5-speed Manual transmission

5-speed Manual or CVT

Steering type

Rack & Pinion

Rack & Pinion

Brakes

(Front) Ventilated disc


(Rear) Drum

(Front) Ventilated disc


(Rear) Drum

Suspension

(Front) MacPherson Strut

(Rear) Torsion Beam

(Front) MacPherson Strut

(Rear) Torsion Beam

Wheels

Steel Wheels with full cover

Black Alloy 

Tires

165 / 70 R14

175 / 55 R15

Spare Tire

165 / 70 R14 + Steel Wheels

177 / 55 R15 + Black Alloys

Seating capacity

5

 5

Luggage (liters)

239

 235

Luggage shelf

With

 With

Fuel tank capacity (liters)

27

 35

Curb weight (kg)

750 / 770

 940

Gross vehicle weight (kg)

1,170

 1,280 (MT), 1,310 (CVT)

Seats

(Front seat) Integrated Type

(Rear seat) Bench seat

(Head restraints) Separate type

(Front seat) Integrated Type

(Rear seat) Bench seat

(Head restraints) Separate type

Seat material

Vinyl + Fabric

 Fabric

Steering Wheel

3-spoke urethane

 3-spoke urethane

Steering Type

Power steering EPS

 Power steering EPS

Spoilers

With (side under spoilers)

 With (rear)

Front Grille

Black

 Black with Chrome

Outside Door Handles

Body-Colored

 Body-Colored

Inside Door Handles

Black

 Black

Tailgate Opener

Key-operated

 Key-operated, Power 

Headlamps

Halogen Multi-reflector

 Halogen Multi-reflector

Position lamps

LED Projector

 Halogen

Rear combination lamps

Bulb type 

 Bulb type

Wipers

Front 2-speed (low and high) + intermittent washer

Front 2-speed (low and high) + intermittent washer

Seatbelts

(Front)- with Pretensioner, Force limiter, and Height Adjuster


(Rear)- 3-point ELR seatbelts (side); 2-point ELR seatbelt (center)

With



With

 With



With

Electric Windows Front

With

 With

Central Door Locking Switch on Driver’s Side

With

 With

Air-conditioner manual

With

 With

Heater

With

 With

Outside door mirrors

Body-colored

Manual adjust bar

Black

Power adjust 

Day/night rearview mirror

Manual dimming

 Manual dimming

Remote fuel lid opener

With

 With

Remote tailgate opener

With

 With

Parking Sensors (Rear)

With

 Without

Remote Controlled Door Locks (with hazard lamp answerback function)

With

 With

Sun visor (Driver and passenger side)

With

 With

Assist grips (passenger’s side and rear X2)

With 

 With

12V Interior Accessory Socket (Front Console)

With

 With

Audio system

 

Antenna (front roof mounted) With

(7-inch multimedia audio) With

(AM/FM radio) With

(Bluetooth) With

Antenna Fin Type

2DIN Audio

(AM/FM radio) With

(Bluetooth) With

USB Port

With

 With

Storage Pocket (Front)

With

 With

Front Cabin Light (3-Position)

With

 With

Speakers (Front-- X2)

With

 With

Cupholder (Front-- X2)

With

 With

SRS Front Dual Airbags

With

 With

Anti-lock brake system (ABS) with EBD

With

 With

Information Display (fuel consumption and driving range)

With

 With

Light-Off and Key Reminder

With

 With

Passenger’s Seatbelt Reminder (Lamp and Alarm)

With

 With

Meter Illumination

With

 With

Driver’s seatbelt reminder (lamp and alarm)

With

 With

Side Louvre Bezels

With

 Without

Center Louvre Bezels

With

 Without

Childproof rear door locks 

With

 With

Child Seat Tether Anchorages (2x)

With

 Without

Immobilizer

With

 With

ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorages (2x)

With

 Without

Available Colors

New Sizzle Orange, Fire Red, Metallic Granite Gray, Metallic Silky Silver

Virgil Gray, Majestic Red 

Price

P523,000

P704,000 (MT), P765,000 (CVT)

 

Photos from Suzuki Philippines, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines 

 

 

Suzuki S-Presso vs Mitsubishi Mirage Comparison

Suzuki S-Presso
  • ₱523,000
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • ₱704,000 - ₱765,000
S-Presso vs Mirage

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