The Mitsubishi Evo is as easy to get in and out of as the typical family saloon, which is not surprising as it is based on the humble Mitsubishi Lancer.
S-AWC provides integrated and unified control of all these systems to maximise cornering, traction and stability when both cornering and accelerating normally but also when braking through corners and under all other driving situations.
In addition S-AWC offers the driver the choice of three settings depending on the current road surface conditions:
- Tarmac for dry, paved surfaces
- Gravel for wet or unmade surfaces
- Snow for snow covered surfaces
The driver chooses their selection via a steering wheel spoke mounted button, the SAWC mode selected being displayed in the central digital instrument binnacle.
On UK roads to unsettle the Evo you need to be doing something rather stupid, your nerve will give before you rattle the Evo X FQ-400. But should you do it then the Evo X will tend to understeer whilst the S-AWC does its best to intervene. It is all a very controlled experience, perhaps a little too much for some tastes but you can disengage the ASC, if you are crazy.
Ease of Use
The Mitsubishi Evo is as easy to get in and out of as the typical family saloon, which is not surprising as it is based on the humble Mitsubishi Lancer. Unlike the Porsche Cayman, you do not feel confined and it is easy to find your ideal driving position. We would have liked to have seen powered seats but it all adds to the weight of the vehicle.
The Recaro front seats might be a little too figure hugging for the larger driver but they do keep you firmly in place and of course you can bring along your whole family in relative comfort as there are four doors.
It is rare to have the ability to carry any luggage in a supercar but surprisingly the Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-400's boot can accommodate 400 litres of luggage, which is around the same as a Ford Focus.
Safety and Security
The stiff bodywork not only provides an exceptionally rigid platform for the suspension to work, but excellent crash-worthiness, the Lancer Evolution X attaining a five-star score in Euro NCAP's independent crash tests. The FQ-400's S-AWC and its incorporated stability, traction and braking systems helping avoid an accident in the first place. Even so there's reassurance of seven airbags, seat belt pretensioners and ISO Fix child seating included in its standard specification.
Comfort and Refinement
Surprisingly the Mitsubishi Evolution X FQ-400 is well equipped but it does all feel a little disjointed when you look at the best of the German cars.
As standard you get AFS Adaptive Front Lighting System which uses high intensity discharge headlights (Xenon) which use the steering input to aid vision around bends, at lower speeds there are cornering lights which light up the inside of the curve.
There are auto-on headlights and rain-sensitive windscreen wipers which do exactly as they state and the wiper sensitivity can be altered by the driver.
Of course there is a fully automatic climate control with a filter that can remove pollen, dust and other impurities. Separate heater vents in the rear compartment allow rear seat occupants to control the air from the heater.
There is even solar control glass which uses an infrared absorbing material in its intermediate layer to reduce the transmission of solar heat by 66-100% (depending on glasshouse location). The glass also cuts out the transmission of ultra-violet light but transmits all visible light to keep the interior airy and light.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||3.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph (electronically limited)|
|Fuel Type||Super Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||Three Years / 36,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 19/08/10)||£49,999|