Expert Review - Mitsubishi Attrage Mk1 (2013-Present)
20 May 2014
The Attrage is for the family man who cares more for km/l than km/h. Mr. Sensible will enjoy a smooth and comfortable ride, while saving money at the pumps. Will have to explain his purchase often though, because this is a B-segmenter with not much kerbside appeal.
80 horses from three cylinders doesn't sound sufficient, but the 1.2L MIVEC only needs to haul 905 kg (top spec SE), and it does a decent job. The CVT's smooth and easy character needs a progressive right foot, not stabs at the throttle, which brings plenty of noise. Drive it right and it's all right.
Ride & Handling
The Attrage is softly sprung and there's no hiding the body roll when you drive it hard on a B-road. Lean aside, grip is surprisingly decent and so is steering feel, although the rack is pretty slow, sacrificed for a tight turning radius. High speed stability not the best in class, but you shouldn't be going there often in an eco sedan.
As mentioned, the CVT-equipped Attrage is best paired to a gentle right foot and a driver who maintains momentum - it's pretty loud when thrashed. Light and easy is the key. Suspension is comfort-oriented.
Two airbags, ABS and EBD across the board is the bare minimum. Not great, but Japanese B-segment rivals at the same price point don't offer more either.
B-segment sedans have really grown in size lately, and rivals like the Honda City and Nissan Almera lead the space race. With decent rear legroom and a 450-litre boot, the Attrage is far from cramped, but the bar has been raised.
Good. RM75k will buy you a new Honda City, but a "kosong" one that runs on steel wheels. That amount nets you the top spec Attrage SE with keyless entry/push start, auto air-con, DRLs and a 2-DIN touchscreen stereo with reverse camera. And there's the superb fuel economy that will save you money at the pumps - with his "hybrid driving mode" on, this writer achieved 18 km/l in mixed conditions.