2019 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2019 Volkswagen Golf

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Mirage and the Golf have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Mirage is safer than the Volkswagen Golf:





Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches




New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.


The Mirage comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years unlimited miles. Mitsubishi will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Golf.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Mirage 4 years and 28000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Golf. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Golf ends after only 6 years or 72000 miles.


A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Mirage’s reliability 25 points higher than the Golf.


The Mirage offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Golf doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mirage Hatchback’s turning circle is 5.6 feet tighter than the Golf’s (30.2 feet vs. 35.8 feet). The Mirage G4’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Golf’s (31.5 feet vs. 35.8 feet).


The Mitsubishi Mirage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 950 pounds less than the Volkswagen Golf.

The Mirage is 5.1 inches narrower on average than the Golf, making the Mirage easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Mitsubishi Mirage amounts to more than styling. The Mirage has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Golf (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Mirage get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Mirage G4 has .7 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom and 1.6 inches more rear legroom than the Golf.

The Mirage Hatchback has .7 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more front legroom than the Golf.


The Mirage CVT offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Golf doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mirage SE/GT’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Golf doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mirage is less expensive to operate than the Golf because it costs $477 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mirage than the Golf, including $7 less for a water pump, $45 less for a muffler, $185 less for a starter, $237 less for a fuel pump, $195 less for front struts and $94 less for a timing belt/chain.

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