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2021 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

Picture of the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage

2021 Mitsubishi
Mirage

MSRP*: $14,295 to $17,445
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

MSRP*: $28,695 to $36,945
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Invoice* $13,983 to $17,065 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 33 - 36 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 41 - 43 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 47.0 ft3 53.7 ft3
Engine I-3 Inline-4
Transmission Continuously Variable, Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 78 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 151.4 in 168.0 in
Exterior Width 65.6 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 34.2 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 39.0 in
Rear 37.2 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** **** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Golf GTI than the Mitsubishi Mirage, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Mitsubishi Mirage may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mitsubishi Mirage as you will with the Volkswagen Golf GTI, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Mitsubishi Mirage is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mitsubishi Mirage and the Volkswagen Golf GTI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mitsubishi Mirage is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Mitsubishi Mirage, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Mitsubishi Mirage has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mitsubishi Mirage is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Mitsubishi Mirage has much less torque than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mitsubishi Mirage and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Mitsubishi Mirage has less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Mitsubishi Mirage than that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.