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Discovering the Mitsubishi Lancer
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Discovering the Mitsubishi Lancer

The Mitsubishi Lancer comes as a sedan or a stylish hatchback. It takes long, cross-country
journeys in its stride. It’s of the highest quality, certainly deserving its renown for running year upon
year without batting an eyelid.

Despite being on the Australian market for more than five years, the Lancer is bang up to date, with
a smart key, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel controls. Stability and traction controls were
standard well before becoming mandatory in Australia. More detail can be gained from reading a Mitsubishi Lancer review by Motoring.

The Engine

The 2.0-litre petrol engine of the Lancer generally uses between seven and nine litres
per 100km on reasonably flat roads and motorways, which will likely rise to between
nine and 11 litres in the town – fine figures for a spacious medium-sized car. Motoring.com.au, billed as the most comprehensive source
of automotive news in Australia, was one of the first to report that a hybrid version will become

What Lies Within

The seats at the front are shaped well and can accommodate anything short of the most massive
Australian backsides. They are easily entered and exited and give a respectable amount of support
for fairly hard cornering. In the back can sit three adults, although only two plus a child would
be a more comfortable arrangement. The legroom is respectable but not outstanding – front seat
occupants will have to advance their seats when there are taller folk in the rear. Unless your
children are monstrous teenagers, expect no complaints about space.

In the cabin are storage spots for the mobile ‘phones, bottles and other knick knacks people tend
to acquire in the course of everyday living. A generous quantity of luggage fits in the boot, which
space can be enlarged by flipping the rear seats.

The deep dial cluster and double-domed instrument binnacle are good both aesthetically and
ergonomically. The soft touch to the dash trim reeks of substance, one more thing that makes the
Lancer feel larger and more upmarket than it truly is. At first, the manual gearbox feels somewhat
notchy, but it’s easy to get used to this, and it feels semi-sporting.

The Body

The styling of the Lancer’s body is much different from those of the multitude of competitors
found in what most definitely is among the hardiest of all Australian vehicle classes. Its front slants
ahead rather than rearwards in a highly-pleasing manner. The bold bonnet grooves merging with
the A pillars and the lower air dam grant the car a neat, purposeful appearance. The rear bumper is
squared-off, and it abbreviates the overhang by tapering around visually.

What It’s Like to Drive

The Lancer remains assuredly flat when taking corners. The ride sometimes falls short of
compliance on the rough roads found in the bush. The Lancer’s suspension is quite firm, which
is likely to leave some unsatisfied. Before deciding to buy a Lancer, it’s advisable to undertake a

substantial test drive along the kind of roads you will use.

The steering is responsive and well-weighted. Driving enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this
commonsensical family sedan. They will benefit from the control offered by the suspension. While
the Lancer isn’t exactly a sports sedan, it’s nearer to pulling this off than would be expected.


The Lancer will meet the requirements of a great number of buyers whose children are yet to reach
their teens. There’s no trouble appreciating why it finds its way onto the shortlist of a great number
of people seeking a quality car of small or medium size.