The side aspect shows equally deep body work and narrow glazing makes it look like a more expensive car.
The side aspect shows equally deep body work and narrow glazing makes it look like a more expensive car. The heavyset theme continues at the rear end, which is almost a blunt right-angle, broken only by the LED-effect rear light clusters. The rear bumpers blend smoothly into the main body and there are no boot catches to spoil the line.
However, there is an overstated rear wing, which tends to be used for closing the large boot where its real purpose is to reduce wind noise and add stability to the car. Although it might appeal to the ‘boys’, there is a constant reminder of its presence every time the rear view mirror is used, when it has the ability to partially obscure following traffic.
The interior has come of age, too. To use MMC’s words, ‘it is free of gimmicks’, but in no way as cheap or bland as some others in this price bracket. The sedate but stylish dashboard bows out in the middle, where the controls are slightly angled towards the driver. The top part of the fascia is covered in a leather-effect material which works well with the smoothly integrated audio panel, while alongside, the instrument cluster has a twin hood to shield the dials and small information display, from glare.
Below this, in the test car, was a broad, rounded trim band. A discrete, grid-patterned effect similar to carbon-fibre runs from door to door, separating the top of the dash from the lower centre console, before disappearing behind the rake-adjustable steering column and multi-functional wheel.
To be honest, if I had been placed in the car, blindfolded, I wouldn’t have guessed that it was a Lancer, such is the quality and relaxed atmosphere. Even the front sports seats are comfortable and supportive without the sense of brutal expectation you get from the more focused Recaro's. The rear seats are much the same, especially the outer ones. They have the usual 60:40 split but it is just the centre of the backrests that fold, leaving the large side and shoulder bolsters in place.
This of course increases the capacity of the huge boot the exact size of which is undisclosed but you can get at least three sets of golf clubs in this cavernous area. Despite the boot size, and, as a result of the larger, ‘one size fits all’ platform, there is plenty of leg and shoulder room for the rear passengers, who can travel in comfort thanks to the beefed up body structure and sports-tuned, but easy-riding suspension.
All new Mitsubishi's have RISE, which stands for Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution and disperses energy during an accident. The Lancer hasn’t been tested yet but according to MMC’s own tests, it is expected to gain a EuroNCAP 5-star rating. As usual, ABS with EBD are present along with Brake Assist and Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control System (ESP+T/C) is available on the GS3 and above. Airbags number seven but, in effect, there are nine; two dual front airbags, side front side airbags, a driver’s knee-bag and two side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers.
Mitsubishi Lancer Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 Di-D GS3|
|Body Type||4-Door Saloon|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||129 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||55.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 08/06/08)||£16,499|