2014 Mitsubishi Lancer | new car review

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 by
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%

Review Summary:

The Lancer is a compact sedan that has been fighting strong in the Japanese brand’s lineup since its early days in 1973. Available today in three guises - the Lancer EX, Lancer Fortis and Lancer Evolution – competition for the former two include its Japanese cousin, the Toyota Corolla and Korean friend, the Kia Cerato.

Pros

Price tag
Performance pushed out from the 2.0 litre engine fitted in the Evolution

Cons

Interior quality

Looks

Though they share the same nameplate, there isn’t a whole lot that is similar between the three as far as the exterior goes. While the Fortis is a downright economical sight, the EX receives reworked lights, alloys and a spoiler, before the Evolution tops the charts with its mental flared fenders, hood scoops, aggressive diffuser and the works.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis front

Feels

On the inside, it’s all standard fare with the three sharing the same layout and design, for the most part. A spacious and well equipped cabin is the basis of all three, which is then adorned with a touchscreen in the EX variant and completed with body hugging Recaro seats and paddle shifters in Evolution guise. The main issue working against the Lancer however, is the almost cardboard like roofliner that makes you question if the car will actually survive a crash.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X interior

Engineering

On the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) combines the Active Center Differential (ADC) with the Active Yaw Control (AYC), Active Stability Control (ASC) and Sport ABS to deliver improved cornering, better handling and unprecedented levels of control and stability.

What’s on offer?

The smallest engine in the line-up is a 1.6 litre unit that produces just 150 horsepower and can be found in the Lancer EX. The Lancer Fortis takes it up a notch with a 1.8 litre engine that puts out 143 horsepower and 178 Nm of torque, however, it is no match for the 2.0 liter engine in the Evolution. With the aid of turbochargers and a four wheel drive system, the Evolution spits out 295 horsepower and demolishes a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in just under five seconds.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer EX side + rear

Summing it…

The Mitsubishi Lancer certainly isn’t the best looking when lined up against its competitors, more importantly, it isn’t the best equipped either; but one area it does trump the competition is with its price. Priced at AED 10,000 less than the Toyota Corolla and AED 5,000 less than the Kia Cerato, the Mitsubishi Lancer is the most affordable option of the lot.

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