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The Mitsubishi Space Star is a no muss, no fuss compact hatchback perfect for the family just starting out.

02 May 2017

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Starting a family in Singapore is no walk in the park. Wedding plans aside, the cost of a Built-to-Order (BTO) flat, on top of saving for your future child's education, medical and child care expenses are reason enough to stay single.

Still, we are a pro-natalist society and settling down is just what we do. Following a BTO, the next logical purchase would be a small family car.

The pint-sized Space Star will have no problem slotting into cramped parking lots

As a first car for a small family, it doesn't need to be a seven-seater, have a powerful engine or have fancy features like ventilated seats and a snazzy infotainment system.

It just needs to get your family from point A to point B. More importantly, it has to be affordable.

Bigger isn't always better

We thought the Mitsubishi Attrage was easy to manoeuvre, with its 4.8m turning radius and modest size of just 4,245mm x 1,670mm x 1,515mm (L x W x H), until we met the Space Star.

LED taillights add a touch of elegance to the affordable compact hatchback

Measuring in at just 3,795mm x 1,665mm x 1,510mm with a 4.6m turning radius, this compact hatchback zips around town, through tiny alleys and up the narrowest of carpark ramps effortlessly.

Despite its size, the Space Star still offers a decent amount of space. It's not the roomiest cabin but it is able to seat four adults in relative comfort.

Its compactness also helps its strong air-conditioning to circulate cool air more quickly, especially useful in our tropical climate.

Underneath its petite exterior, you'll discover a surprisingly spacious 416-litre boot capable of accommodating a week's worth of groceries, with room to spare.

Compartments strewn about the cabin also provide convenient storage for water bottles, smartphones, and other bits and bobs.

The optional locally fitted Sony head unit offers Bluetooth audio, navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Down on size, down on price

Coming in at $82,999 (as of 13th April 2017), the Mitsubishi Space Star is more affordable than the Mazda2 and the Nissan Note, both of which cost upwards of $90,000, depending on the trim level.

Six SRS airbags will keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of a collision

That doesn't make it any less of a car. In fact, the Space Star boasts six SRS airbags while the Mazda2, the Nissan Note and the Mitsubishi Attrage only have two each.

It also features 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic rain sensors and automatic head lights as standard. What doesn't come standard is the Sony infotainment system, which came equipped in our test car.
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Car Information

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Price

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Engine Type

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3-cylinder 12-valve DOHC MIVEC

Engine Cap

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1193cc

Horsepower

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58kW (78 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

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100 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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INVECS-III CVT

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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13.8sec

Top Speed

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170km/h

Fuel consumption

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23.3 km/L

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