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The Mitsubishi Space Star: practical, well-powered and above all inexpensive

With its slightly restyled Space Star, Mitsubishi continues to bet on the basic car for less than 10,000 euros.

An unpretentious small car, practical in the city, not too badly equipped, properly motorized and, above all, inexpensive. The contemporary drift towards ever more complex, bulky, heavy and expensive vehicles has reduced like heartache the list of models which are suitable for those who aspire to a means of locomotion at least.  Faced with this headlong rush, the Mitsubishi Space Star modestly offered to raise the glove of the base car.

 The strength of this descendant of the Mitsubishi Colt - which experienced its Warholian quarter of an hour in the 1980s - is to be a world model, produced in Thailand and distributed in ninety countries, especially Asian.  What ensure its profitability and allow it to practice a canon price in France where its average transaction price is just above 11,000 euros, against 15,000 euros for a Renault Twingo.  While in the category the defections are multiplying (Ford Ka +, Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108, Citroën C1 ...), the Space Star intends to arise as a resort on a segment which, with us, still weighs 160,000 units per year.

 A certain presence

 With the key a five-year warranty, Mitsubishi has retouched its small model by granting it a new front face, conforming to the aesthetic codes of the brand to give it a certain presence but the rest has changed little.  The profile displays its lines a little soft and the interior has been only slightly refreshed.  We'll be happy with it.  On the engine side, we will choose between two three-cylinders (1 liter for 71 hp or 1.2 liters for 82 hp), voluntary and rather quiet except when we opted for the automatic continuously variable transmission.  This is heard loudly when the accelerator pedal is pressed.  Mitsubishi, which plans to make the majority of its sales with versions equipped with the small 71 hp engine, has reworked the mechanics to contain average consumption at 5 or 5.4 liters per 100 km depending on the version.  Sufficient to escape the ecological penalty.

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 The restyled Space Star will be marketed from March at a price not yet specified but which will start slightly below the psychological threshold of 10,000 euros.  As a bonus, and to justify a slight increase in price, it will be fitted with standard equipment welcome (automatic lighting of the headlights, rain sensor, air conditioning) and, on the more upscale versions, various driving aids (warning of  line crossing, automatic emergency braking…).  Straddling the segment of small cars (for its price) and that of multi-purpose urban cars (for its 3.79 m in length), the Space Star would, a priori, have almost everything good