Mitsubishi introduces the renewed Space Star in the Netherlands. The compact model looks considerably more modern and has all kinds of new gadgets that belong to this time. But is that enough to play a significant role, eight years after its introduction? We found out during a first meeting.
Mitsubishi Space Star history
The Space Star is the smallest and best-selling Mitsubishi model in Europe. It is a compact five-door that competes in price in the class of the smallest city cars (A-segment), but in terms of interior space comes close to a larger and more expensive car from the B-segment.
Unlike many competitors, the Space Star was not primarily developed for Europe. The model is built in Thailand and sold in the same guise all over the world. That is easier said than done with all the different wishes and needs in the world, but Mitsubishi succeeds quite nicely. More than a million units have already been sold worldwide and the Space Star has become the best-selling Mitsubishi model in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.
Mitsubishi Space Star new features
Let’s start with the front. From the bumper to the windshield, everything is different. The Space Star is the last model to feature the new Mitsubishi family face, recognizable by the chrome-plated arches. The necessary changes have also been made at the rear, such as the bumper and tail lights. Inside you can count on new seat covers and here and there some new accents with carbon pattern.
Furthermore, depending on the version, the Space Star is equipped with a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a number of active safety systems that we know from other Mitsubishi models. Think of an automatic braking system that helps prevent collisions in city traffic (including with pedestrians), a warning system if you unintentionally threaten to leave the lane and automatic high beam for better visibility in the dark, without dazzling oncoming traffic.
LED headlights Space Star
Despite the fact that this is a facelift, the Mitsubishi Space Star has been given a completely new look. That new nose looks good on me. Together with new, sparkling colors and new wheel designs, the Space Star looks a lot more fun and mature. This applies to a greater extent to the more expensive versions, which are also equipped with new LED taillights, LED headlights and LED daytime running lights.
We have little to say about the interior. It’s all quite basic and a bit gloomy, as is often the case in this price range, but it is very solid. The new seat covers and the modern infotainment with touchscreen brighten things up a bit.
A lack of attraction and affection was one of the Space Star’s biggest criticisms, but that is now a thing of the past. In a cool new color, such as Sand Yellow or White Diamond, and various accessories to brighten up the interior and exterior, the model looks a lot hipper.
Mitsubishi Space Star handling
Especially comfortable. Mitsubishi has opted for a somewhat softer damping and a light operation of the steering wheel and clutch. Driving experience and smooth handling are of secondary importance. You notice that when you go through a bend at high speed. The narrow straps don’t like that, but that doesn’t matter.
The average Space Star buyer is not looking for a smooth-driving car, but an affordable and functional car that scores average in all situations and can be operated effortlessly. The Space Star answers that question.
Space start Engine
Mitsubishi supplies the Space Star with the same 1.0 and 1.2 three-cylinder petrol engines as before. They have become a fraction more economical, making the Space Star one of the most economical non-hybrid petrol models that you can buy in the Netherlands.
We drove with the 80 hp 1.2 engine that fits perfectly with this car. Thanks in part to the low vehicle weight below 900 kg, the Space Star has enough to offer to keep up with traffic if desired. More important is that the engine is nice and quiet, is good at the lesson between 50 and 80 km/h and, above all, drives very economically. A consumption of 1 in 20 is easily achievable.
Mitsubishi Space Star practical use
Definitely in this class. Most competitors fluctuate around a length of 3.60 meters. The renewed Space Star is 20 cm longer and you notice that in the back. The Space Star simply offers more space, it’s that simple.
Two adults of 1.80 meters tall can sit behind each other with sufficient head and legroom. That is unprecedented in this segment. In addition, the Space Star is always a five-door with five seats (three belts in the back).
Price Mitsubishi Space Star
The new Mitsubishi Space Star is available in five trim levels. Prices start at 12,990 euros for the Space Star 1.0 Entry that no one is buying.
The second version on the list, the Space Star 1.0 Cool+, is of particular interest to fleet owners. This is available from 14,490 euros and has standard air conditioning, electrically operated windows and door mirrors, light and rain sensor, Hill Start Assist and an audio system with USB connection and DAB + digital radio.
After the Cool+ comes the 1.2 Active. For prices from 15,990 euros you get, for example, an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, LED taillights and cruise control.
The most popular version among individuals is the 1.2 Nova. This costs at least 17,490 euros and is equipped with built-in TomTom navigation, heated seats, automatic climate control, center armrest and exterior mirrors with LED flashing lights.
If you go for the most luxurious Instyle version, you will lose 21,490 euros, but then you get everything from the 1.2 Nova including LED headlights, 15-inch alloy wheels, half-leather upholstery and all active safety systems available for the Space Star. to be.
The Space Star 1.2 Instyle is also equipped with an automatic transmission as standard. With the 1.2 Active and 1.2 Nova, a machine costs 1,500 euros extra. Furthermore, every Space Star comes with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty and five years of free mobility service in Europe as standard.
Conclusion review Mitsubishi Space Star
It’s amazing how Mitsubishi has given the eight-year-old Space Star a completely new look. Looking at it like that, you’d almost think it’s a brand new car. However, when you get in and drive it, you notice that the Space Star is starting to age.
If driving dynamics and experience are important to you, you should shop elsewhere. If you are looking for functionality, low running costs, reliability and rich equipment at an attractive price, then the Mitsubishi Space Star is definitely worth considering. Compared to a car with comparable space and equipment, you save thousands of euros.
Gasoline City Car Segment under pressure
Moreover, the position of the Space Star will become increasingly stronger in the coming period. More and more brands are stopping the sale of a traditional city car with a petrol engine, while demand is still high.
Because these types of small cars also have to comply with increasingly strict regulations in the field of emissions and safety, they are becoming increasingly expensive to develop. For that reason, models such as the Opel Karl, Ford Ka+ and Suzuki Celerio are no longer available. There will be no successors to the Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1 and most other competitors will only be offered with electric drive (in the future).
Look, for example, at the SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo, Smart Forfour, Renault Twingo and the new Fiat 500. But apart from the fact that not everyone is waiting for an electric car, the technology is (still) relatively expensive. The first electric car for less than 20,000 euros has yet to come.
Mitsubishi has the costs under control for the time being, partly because the Space Star is being built on such a large scale for the whole world. The fact that Mitsubishi has now radically renewed the Space Star has been a good move. When asked whether the Space Star can still play a significant role eight years after its introduction, the answer is a resounding yes.