This week on Today Engine we tested the Mitsubishi Space Star 120 MPI Kaiteki, a vehicle quite unique. And why do we say this? Because it is an exemplary single in the brand of the three diamonds. Mitsubishi in our market is exploding on all the SUV, highlighting the Outlander and the ASX, as the Montero is currently not enjoying much success. We are also the pick-up L200, for a more professional.
Among so many beast overlooking this Space Star, the bet of the japanese in the segment To. It takes us from the year 2012 and recently underwent a face wash. A priori, it has served to be more eye-catching thanks to its exterior appearance, but also to catch up in regards to technology. Your rivals will be other urban vehicles such as the Toyota Aygo, Fiat 500 or the Citroen C1. Although it does not enjoy the same popularity, we will see that such unfolds.
Renewed and sports
What is certain is that the face wash has not been overly pronounced, but enough to be more attractive. In the front is where most will appreciate your modifications, thanks to a new front grille with a sporty look and is surrounded by a fence chrome. This detail is repeated in the lower part of the bumper, as it travels horizontally, and then opens around the trim that houses the daytime running lights.
For its part, the headlights remains triangular with the lines somewhat rounded, as in its predecessor. The hood travel along two veins that increase your character. The side view will be quite dynamic and part of the blame lies with their 15-inch wheels in our unit (from 14 inches in the finish Motion). It also has a few mirrors with flashing included and a bezel which aims to imitate an air intake.
The side also lets us see in his silhouette the rear spoiler that will be one of the main hallmarks of the Mitsubishi Space Star. Is quite prominent, houses the third brake light and made clear his intention to win sportsmanship. Otherwise the lag will be somewhat more sober than the front. Also will be the area most similar to its forerunner, having to look good to identify your modifications.
riders rear have been slightly redesigned, and have a triangular shape. The bumper widens slightly the bottom and it is also different, now have few angles more marked and that integrate two catadióptricos, one on each side. In general the result is that the Space Star is sporting a image more youthful and renewed, the more zoomed-in to what gives the sector. It has also expanded its palette of colors that now it has the tone Red Wine that leads to our unit.
Livability pretty good
The Mitsubishi Space Star also grows slightly in all its dimensions. Measured 3,79 meters long, 1,66 meters wide and 1.50 meters high, while its wheelbase stands 2.45 meters. These new dimensions will be a little closer to the B-segment if we talk about livability. This does not mean that we go to find an incredible space in your interior, but if it will improve slightly the average of its rivals.
seats, front, are quite comfortable, with some spacious seating and barely any lateral support. Is approved for five passengers (some opponents can only carry four), while the second row will be something fair. The seats of the sides will be remarkable with good space for legs and head, but the central square is insufficient. The be closer and the pronounced tunneling transmission will only be able to travel one-fifth in case of need and on short trips.
the boot of The Mitsubishi Space Star will be situated in the middle of the segment. Cubes 235 litres and will have as main advantage their regular forms. The space we will be able to take advantage of it in a better way thanks to a few holes slides that are located under the floor and accessed by lifting the lid. Underneath this tray you will find the kit puncture. The capacity will grow up to 912 liters if we fold the rear seats.
When we enter the passenger compartment of a vehicle of the segment we are used to be pretty spartan and with a equipment something just. This does not happen on the Mitsubishi Space Star, which has taken a step forward and offers a multitude of elements. The overall design is quite simple although improvement to its predecessor. In the central console, the main protagonist will be the multimedia system with touch screen of 6.5 inches and a similar appearance to that of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
The operation is fairly simple and we have the advantage of having TomTom navigation. Another new feature is the improved connectivity, which is now compatible with both Apple CarPlay as with Android Auto. In the glove compartment you will find the sockets for USB and Aux. Below the screen are the controls for the climate control with a small LCD in orange. Below is the shift lever, which in our finish this leather-lined.
This material will also be present in the multifunction steering wheel, which integrates some buttons to control items such as the cruise control. Only can be regulated in height and not in depth. Behind the wheel we find a instrumentation simple and clear, with large dials for speed and revs. Come with a small LCD screen that will give us some data as to the consumption or the autonomy. On the other hand, we will have electric windows both front and back, being the latter something unusual in this type of car.
In terms of quality it is clear that we do not find anything in the other world, but the Space Star seems to be at the height. On the dashboard highlighted by the use of hard plastic, although not end up being unpleasant, and are well finished off. In the centre console and the steering wheel have included the popular trim Piano Black, which gives it a distinctive touch but gets dirty easily. The seats are made of fabric in two colors, earning some distinction in an interior that barely allows us to customization.
120 MPI, three-cylinder and 80 HP
we Tested the Mitsubishi Space Star 120 MPI, which is currently the unique mechanical that is offered in our market. Previously he was also the version 100 MPI with slightly less displacement and power. What we find under the hood will be an engine three-cylinder petrol and 1.2-liter, small but at the height of its dimensions and weight. Has a power of 80 HP and 106 Nm of torque that will be delivered to 4,000 rpm. The change is a five-speed manual, without having option to automatic.
will Not have a sporting focus, but nor will lack power, being enough to move it properly. The benefits are an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 11,7 seconds and a maximum speed of 180 km/h. The benefits will be fuel consumption and emissions actually contained. Homology of 4.1 l/100 km on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 100 g/km, complying with the current regulations and allowing you to be exempt from the Registration Tax.
Hold on to the lever
Now we have to review the sensations at the wheel which leaves us with the Mitsubishi Space Star 120 MPI Kaiteki. To boot, the three-cylinder will transmit some vibrations that are accustomed to these mechanics, but the refinement will be correct. Not so much the soundproofing of the passenger compartment, which allows the sound that reaches the interior, reaching even to be annoying at times. In the first few meters with him, we realize that will be a different car to what we are used to driving.
In a society quite accustomed to the diesel and the high torque from low turns, we will have to change the chip to get on the Space Star. We recall that the maximum torque that will give it to 4,000 rpm and this us force you to bring the engine to ‘live’ to take advantage of it. As soon as you let fall out of turns and you’ll notice the lack of power, especially on slopes. If we add to this a few developments of change are quite long, have to be taken into account that the shift lever will be instrumentalta in many pathways.
therefore to maximise the performance of the Space Star we will have to play with the change. We must not be afraid to remove a gear and then accelerate to the end, even it will be necessary for some maneuvers such as overtaking. Rolling on the highway at 120 km/h at times we will have to put fourth to face any steep slope without losing response. To give you the idea of the length of the developments, if you are in second gear we will reach almost 100 km/h.
Comfortable and sparing
The Mitsubishi Space Star, as a good vehicle in the segment, will have a tryout that looking for comfort more than sportsmanship. What you’ll notice in some of the elements as their suspensions, which are fairly soft and well absorbing the irregularities of the firm, but they do not have too much poise. With address we passed a bit of the same thing, that is a touch too contrived, and assisted, something that we subtracted feelings.
Although the target of these morons is clear: to emphasize in the city. The Space Star will feel right at home in environment urban, being a reference in when to manoeuvrability. In fact it has one of the best turning radius of only 4.6 meters. With him to wander the streets and park will be a children’s game. For your agility contributes to a very low weight, only 845 kg in vacuum. On the contrary, at the level of the chassis and you’ll notice their shortcomings if we demand it in twisty roads.
Its small engine and light weight, in addition to a aerodynamic coefficient of 0.27 Cx, will contribute to fuel consumption. During our test we found it almost impossible to the figures approved. It will be easy around 5 litres, but we will have to be careful with our right foot. Note the good functioning of the system Stop&Start, which presents very gently and quickly. At the end of the test, we get a total average of 6.5 l/100km, having been the majority of our tours for secondary roads and for city.
The Mitsubishi Space Star 120 MPI Kaiteki is postulated as a very complete option for those who are looking for a vehicle in the segment A. After its recent renovation presents an aesthetically more sporty and youthful that will win some followers among the public. Its habitability is that above average, offering an interior large enough and approved to carry five people, even if it really is more suitable for four.
has Also been updated on the inside, since it presents a good technological endowment for a car of these features. There will be only two finishes, Motion and Kaiteki, offering a good equipment from the most basic, although miss more customization options. The gasoline engine three-cylinder and 1.2-liter will be the only available option and is pretty accurate. Its power will be sufficient, and the only thing that will force us will be to play with the change by its absence of turbo and developments long. The consumption will be fairly tight and another of its strong points.
The Mitsubishi Space Star has a starting price of 10.550 euros with discounts, which is something quite attractive having in mind its complete equipment. If we opted for the superior finish Kaiteki, which leads us to drive the account up to the 11.550 euros, a difference of 1,000 euros. In this sense we are saying that it will be a vehicle with a quality-price ratio more than remarkable.
Equipment Mitsubishi Space Star
Mitsubishi Space Star Motion
- alloy Wheels of 14 inch with tyre 165/65
- Mirrors electrically adjustable and heated
- rear windows tinted
- trip Computer
- 60/40 folding rear Seats
- multifunction steering Wheel and gear lever in leather
- Seven airbags
- daytime running Lights
- cruise Control
- rain Sensor and lights
- Four power windows
- front Seats height-adjustable
- Radio CD MP3 with 4 speakers, USB, AUX, Bluetooth and DAB radio
- Air conditioning
Mitsubishi Space Star Kaiteki
- Equipment Motion
- alloy Wheels of 15 inches with tires 175/55
- fog lights
- multimedia System with touch screen 6.5-inch, browser, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Climate control monozona
- keyless entry and start
Price Mitsubishi Space Star in Spain
|1.2 80 CV||Manual 5v||Motion||10.550 €|
|1.2 80 CV||Manual 5v||Kaiteki||11.550 €|
the Opinion of the editor
- Aesthetic youth and sports
- a Lot of equipment inside
- Consumption quite content
- Few customization options
- there is Only one mechanical available
- Touch the address
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