Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good This small family sedan arrived in Australia September 2007, with its nimble handling performance and sharp sporty looks the Lancer sedan is a real contender in the small car segment.

The Mitsubishi Lancer line-up includes the entry model ES, LX and the range topping VRX.

The LX comes equipped with a set of 16-inch alloy wheels while the VRX steps with things up a notch sporting a set of 18-inch alloy wheels that fill the wheel arches nicely.

LX and VRX models also feature a sporty body kit that includes a front bumper (VRX more so) and side skirts, while the VRX model adds a rear spoiler, Ralliart style front chrome grille surround and Black Ralliart style radiator grille.

However, for true rev heads that love fast cars and sporty designs the Ralliart and Evolution models are sure to whet your appetite.

Both featuring ultra aggressive body kits the Ralliart and Evolution look brilliant on the road. Both feature a shark like nose, aluminum air vents and twin chrome exhausts. The Evolution takes things a step further adding a massive rear boot spoiler - you could hang your washing on it.
Not so good The Mitsubishi Lancer has been on the market for quite a few years now and is in desperate need of a refresh.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good Inside, styling is kept uncomplicated and modern, the dash, console and door trims feature gloss black highlights that add a touch of class to the cabin.

Driver instrument dials are easy to read and pleasing to the eye. The great looking steering wheel and clever Smart Key (standard on higher grades) are also nice touches.

The interior space is a big improvement over previous Lancer’s, including sufficient rear legroom and a large boot. The rear parking sensors are useful as rear visibility can be difficult especially with the VR-X, Ralliart and Evolution grades that feature a boot spoiler.

The Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio System found in the higher grades includes 9 speakers (4 speakers + 4 tweeters + 1 subwoofer), we think it is an absolute banger!
Not so good Front seats could offer more side support (excluding the Evolution, of course). Interior is not class-leading – too many hard plastics inside. More sound deadening material required as there's too much road noise on offer, and it lacks that premium ‘solid’ feel of the likes of Volkswagen's Golf.
Performance

Performance

Good There are four engines to choose from when buying a Mitsubishi lancer.

Starting things off is a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine, producing 110kW of power and 197Nm of torque. Available in ES and VR models.

Next up the VR-X and Aspire grades feature a 2.4-litre four cylinder petrol engine, producing 125kW of power and 226Nm of torque.

At the sporty end of the scale is the Ralliart featuring a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing 177Kw of power and 343Nm of torque.

And, rounding out the range is the insane Lancer Evolution X featuring a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 217kW of power and 366Nm of torque.

The 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine found in the Evolution is really addictive, the turbo thrust pushes you back in your seat every time the revs hit 3000rpm.
Not so good At almost 1,500kg kilograms (Ralliart TC-SST grade) the Hot Hatch competitor is carrying too much weight.

Excessive engine noise infiltrates the cabin under high revs (more than ideal for the ‘luxury’ Aspire grade).
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The VR-X variant features a fairly firm ride that is set to the performance side of the scale.

Ralliart’s ride is more comfortable than in its big brother Evolution - actually the ride and handling trade-off is pretty good.

However, the Lancer Evolution offers razor sharp handling performance and superior driver feel. Steering is direct and well weighted, while the AWD system keeps the car glued to the road.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is definitely for the thrill seeker.
Not so good Ralliart’s steering could communicate more with what is happening between the rubber and the road.

The Ralliart grade lacks grip – could do with better tyres and is prone to excessive understeer when pushed hard.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Every Lancer comes with seven airbags as standard including a driver’s knee airbag! Good value for money – considering the equipment and technology on offer.

There is also comfort in knowing that Mitsubishi's have a 5 year/130,000km warranty just in case anything goes a-rye.
Not so good Fuel economy is pretty average across the range.