The compact two-volume Space Star entered the European market a year ago. The car is produced at the NedCar plant in Holland – in the same place as the Carisma model, on the shortened platform of which it is built. In the first year of sales, Space Star became so popular that the dealers “lined up lines” – they had to wait about two months.
The model could be seen at last year’s Moscow Motor Show, but for obvious reasons its debut on our market was somewhat delayed. And finally, Russian dealers assessed the situation. Certification tests have been completed, and Space Star is already available for purchase – without any queue.
In the “space-voluminous” Mitsubishi family, this car plays the role of a younger brother. External dimensions (length 4030 mm, width 1695 mm and height 1515 mm) seem to put it on a par with the popular Golf-class hatchbacks. But with some – very significant – differences.
In general, the five-door hatchback is an ingenious invention. More roomy and utilitarian than a sedan, and at the same time more compact than a station wagon – the golden mean! However, if a full set of passengers is loaded into a regular hatchback, they will be cramped.
Space Star does not have this drawback. Due to the slightly increased height, the car turned from a hatchback into a completely different vehicle – the MPV, a multi-purpose vehicle, albeit small.
The suspension copes well with its functions – it smoothly dampens shocks on small irregularities and prevents breakdowns when overcoming “gaping heights”, the car rolls not much in corners. It looks like the chassis developers have managed to find a compromise between comfort, energy intensity and handling. The strong blows to the limiter during rebound, which we noted as a disadvantage of Mitsubishi Carisma, are practically absent here.
A few words about “taxiing”. The characteristic of the amplifier on the Space Star is well matched. In the parking lot, the steering wheel rotates easily, and in motion the steering acquires the necessary sensitivity, feedback and damping properties – this allows you to