2010 Mitsubishi Lancer | new car review
The Lancer is a vehicle available in many different flavours. The Lancer range starts with one the most basic sedans available, evolves a generation and then finishes with the fire-breathing Evolution X.
The common-or-garden Lancer is an aging model that traces its roots back 10 years. You’ll have seen plenty of them on local roads as hire cars, because it’s cheap and basic, with few mod cons. That’s the reason why it continues to sell here despite the fact that a new generation Lancer is also now available.
That version is known as the Lancer EX and has much-sharpened looks, improved build quality and much more equipment.
The basic Lancer is available in GL and GLX trims. The former features four wheels, a steering wheel and not much else, powered by a 1.3-litre, 90bhp engine. Upgrade to GLX and you get a 122bhp 1.6-litre engine but still not much in terms of features. Both come with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.
The Lancer EX was introduced as a 2008 model and starts with the 1.5-litre GLS model – keyless entry and 16-inch steel wheels being the key facts. Above that is the 2.0-litre, 155bhp range, starting with the GLX, which comes with a driver’s airbag, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. The GLS adds a sunroof and alloy wheels while the GT comes with power seats in the front and a sporty look.
Not as sporty as the Evolution X though. Commonly known as the Evo, this is rally-derived sports sedan with a high-tech all-wheel drive system and a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 295bhp. Bucket seats and leather are secondary to the raft of electronic wizardry that promise to tackle all sorts of terrain and corners at very high speeds. One for petrolheads.