Mitsubishi Space Star: The economy alternative to the Dacia Sandero

With the Space Star, Mitsubishi competes in the competitive small car segment. Japanese anime puts accents with its basic price and avoids experiments. One engine, two transmission options and five different equipment packages are available, which cannot be freely configured. Read everything you need to know about the Mitsubishi Space Star.

Prices: Space Star partially available for less than 10,000 euros

With a base catalog price of 11,490 euros, the Space Star is usually slightly higher than the Dacia Sandero. Depending on the current discount situation at Mitsubishi, the small car may also be well below its competitor from Romania, making it the cheapest new car in Germany. However, depending on the equipment, the model for bargain hunters is over. The top-of-the-range model can be paid by Mitsubishi with at least 16,290 euros itself. But if you can get along with the lesser models, you’ll find an affordable small car with the little Japanese.

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Although the Mitsubishi Space Star is a fairly affordable vehicle, you can still save online when buying a new car. At (partner of AUTO BILD) there is a discount for small Japanese. All current offers can be found here:

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Look: Sporty details for the Space Star

Since its facelift in 2020, the Space Star has finally had the current face of the Mitsubishi brand, which means, above all, that the radiator grille has grown significantly and merged with the air intakes in the skirt. Visually, this set occupies almost the entire front and is framed on the left and right by metallic decorative elements. Two red stripes run horizontally at the height of the brand logo and give the car a sportier look.

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An indicated diffuser and optional LED taillights make the Space Star look sportier.

The headlights, restyled for the facelift, are no longer separated by a strip of sheet metal, but instead appear to merge with the radiator grille. To that end, Mitsubishi has taken the fog lights up a notch with the Space Star facelift, so they’re now set in square black bezels with sporty stripes on the fascia. Fewer changes at the rear, but the new rear apron with a hinted diffuser gives the car a sportier appearance.

Interior: Space Star is pragmatic with Apple CarPlay

The interior of the Space Star is neat and functional. In the base version, the small car still does not have a multifunction steering wheel, but that changes in the higher trim levels. The seats are covered with cloth, only the top model has a mix of faux leather and cloth. Space Star infotainment has been updated for the facelift. Even Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been available for the budget model ever since, but the base model still has to do without the radio and only has two speakers. The Space Star has room for up to five people, and the rear seat is fitted as standard with Isofix mounts for attaching child seats. There is no air conditioning or central locking for cheap entry.
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The cabin of the Space Star is functional. Apple CarPlay is optional.

Security and Assistants: Six airbags for the Space Star

A low entry-level price doesn’t mean you have to compromise on security. The Japanese is equipped with six airbags as standard. Along with other safety features, this was enough to earn four out of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test, although only the 2013 model has been tested so far and neither facelift has been tested. In addition to the airbags, belt tensioners with belt force limitation and ESP are used as standard in the Space Star.

Equipment: Five lines and without individual options

Mitsubishi offers its Space Star with a total of five configurations. Apart from these five lines, there is no setting option, if you want more features, you have to look for the top line. The various options at a glance with team highlights, each higher level building on the previous one:

● Basic: Six airbags, hill start assistant, light sensor, electr. exterior mirrors
● Select: Central locking, air conditioning, four speakers, bluetooth radio.
● Benefits: LED rear lights, start-stop system.
● Select+: Reversing camera, rear privacy glass, multifunction leather steering wheel, cruise control, electr. Rear windows, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, 15-inch alloy wheels.
● Tops: Lane departure warning system, fog lights, LED headlights, keyless go, automatic climate control, seats in a combination of fabric and artificial leather.

Engine/transmission: Mitsubishi relies on 71 hp in the small car

Only one engine with two transmission options is available for the Mitsubishi Space Star. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is not turbocharged and always delivers 71 hp. In the base, five gears are manually classified, an optional CVT automatic transmission is available. Top speed is 167 km/h (163 km/h with CVT), the manual Space Star masters the sprint to 100 km/h in 14.1 seconds, with CVT transmission in 15.8 seconds. The combined fuel consumption of the CVT model is 4.6 l/100 km, the manual transmission needs a little more than 4.7 l/100 km.

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