Mitsubishi Space Star Hatchback 1999 - 2005

Mitsubishi Space Star Hatchback 1999 - 2005

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • It has proven to be reliable over the years
  • Equipments levels are good for the price
  • It comes with a good diesel engine

Cons:

  • Maintenance is costly
  • It’s not very spacious inside
  • Poor handling and ride quality

Overview

The Space Star is a compact people carrier from Mitsubishi. It is a rather bland car to look at, but it can fit five people with relative ease. All of the seats are fairly comfortable, but with limited legroom taller occupants may feel less happy on longer journeys. The boot space isn’t very big either and although the back seats can fold and slide forwards, they can’t be removed like some more modern people carriers. The ride is poor too feeling jittery and uncomfortable over anything, but the smoothest of roads whilst the steering feels light and body roll in the corners is excessive. The 1.8-litre petrol and 1.9-litre DI-D diesel are good engines and are the pick of the bunch as the smaller units lack power and are very noisy especially when pushed hard.

Exterior and Interior

It’s not as good looking as the Renault Scenic, but then that does lead the class with its French flair. The biggest problem with the Space Star is that it just isn’t as good as the competition. The looks are lacking and even the interior doesn’t make up for any other short comings. It can seat three in the back, but despite the size of the vehicle there is limited legroom. The driver doesn’t get any special treatment either with very few adjustments of the steering wheel and seat making it hard to find a comfortable driving position. The boot isn’t very big either, but at least the back seats do slide and fold forwards to increase luggage space. The layout of the dash and central console are odd as well with the dials and switches being placed in illogical positions. It’s not exactly stylish either being made of cheap dull plastics. Some good news is that you get a lot of equipment in the majority of trim levels. We’d opt for the S trim as you receive air-con, alloys, CD stereo, electric windows, a sunroof and central locking. The GLS adds an electric sunroof, headlight washers, heated mirrors and side airbags.

Performance and Economy

The entry level 1.3-litre is a good choice if you’re going to be using it as a little city run around, but on the motorways and when fully loaded it feels underpowered and sluggish. It is the most fuel efficient of the petrol’s at 41mpg, but the others aren’t far behind and they are quicker than the 13.0 seconds it takes for the 1.3i to get to 60mph. The 1.6-litre is a slight improvement being a second and a half faster, but the fuel efficiency drops down to 39mpg, worse than the 1.8-litre. It’s because of this that we’d go for the larger of the petrol engines if you don’t want a diesel, as it manages 40mpg and is the fastest engine in the range reaching 60mph in just over 10 seconds. The 1.9 DI-D is our favorite as it records the same 11.6 seconds to 60mph and is by far the most economical of the engines reaching 51mpg. Insurance costs in the Space Star range between group 7 for the 1.3i up to group 10 for the 1.8-litre.

Like to Drive

The drive in the Space Star isn’t what you’d call exciting but it gets you from A to B. The steering feels light but obedient. There’s a bit too much body roll in the corners and the ride is uncomfortable on anything but the smoothest of roads and at higher speeds wind and road noise is more than evident.

Faults and Repairs

The Space Star has proven to be fairly reliable over the years although there are still a few things to check out before buying one. If looking at a pre 2000 model make sure that the necessary work has been carried out on the airbags. There was a known problem with the sensors not making the airbags deploy in the event of a crash. The other thing to look, or listen for is that the engine doesn’t sound too course when revved hard. This could indicate an engine that has been worked overly hard. Apart from that there is not much else to worry about, but don’t accept one that doesn’t have a full service history as it will help you to sell it on later and give you piece of mind. Service costs are high which is why some drivers may have skimped on servicing their cars so it may help to look around for a specialist dealer that should prove to be cheaper than the main dealerships.


Overall Rating:
Review by Green mean machine
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Running green running queen!!"

Exterior and Interior

Good little electric sun roof (only for sunning days :/) electric front windows but manual back windows (should really be electric, think they ran out of wire!) lots of space, big boot. It has electric wind mirrors along with a pump up seat for the short people out there which is ideal for me. Pop fuel cap so no one can nick your fuel :)

Performance and Economy

Very quiet, runs like a little beast. Good on fuel as it's a 1.3, been on long distant drives and it has never let me down, excellent little speed machine!

Like to Drive

The drive is nippy and smooth, drives very well with easy handling. Excellent little car, makes an ideal runner about, lots of space and speed for a 1.3 Very speedy, very nippy, mean machine! really great to drive! <

Faults and Repairs

As far as repairs go, the car has had none that I know of. The car has been a pleasure for me and never let me down - it's a great family car, thumbs up!
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