2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
by Matt Brogan

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sedan Review & Road Test

The Lancer for champagne tastes

Model Tested:

  • 2009 Mitsubishi CJ Lancer ES, 2.0-litre, five-speed manual, sedan – $20,990 (RRP)


  • Metallic paint $450 (fitted – Champagne)

Spacious boot; manageability; fuel economy; zippy engine
Road noise; cup holder location; slight stereo distortion

CarAdvice Rating:

– by Rose Harris

Having had a station wagon as our family runabout, I have often let my mind boggle at how one might revert to fitting the copious amount of items needed for the standard family trip into a sedan, that is until I stepped into Mitsubishi’s ES base model of the latest Lancer.

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

At first glance, the Lancer looks much more compact than your average sedan and the thought of putting it into the ‘family sedan’ category seemed far-fetched. However, after putting it through all the domestic tests, the ES is in my opinion has to be one of the best small sedans for family purposes on offer.

There is no better place to start than with the boot, which far exceeded my expectations. The 400-litre capacity easily holds the pram and all the bags and toys needed for a weekend away or the week’s load of groceries.

No need for removing pram wheels or practising Tetris while trying to fit everything in.  As an added bonus, there is a boot release button on the key which always comes in handy when you are trying to juggle a baby, a runaway toddler and a load of shopping.

Two child seats fit easily across the back and still leave room for a passenger and I’d even go as far as saying there is a good chance three slim-line childseats could be anchored across the back.  The child seat anchors are located behind the headrests and are easy to find and use.  There were no complaints from back seat passengers on leg room.

In the front, I found the surroundings to be equally as comfortable and driver-friendly.  Despite being the base model, the ES still has that trademark ‘racey’ feel the Lancer has come to provide.

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

Automatic model shown for illustrative purposes

The seats are set deep with the window ledge coming up to about my short-statured shoulder height, so no leaning the elbow on the door sill for me!  That said, I liked it, it gave the car a ‘fun’ feel that isn’t often seen in a vehicle that is also so family suited. The contoured dash follows the double arced line of the large speedometer and tachometer before smoothing out to a chrome finish along the passenger side.

While some might find it a little plastic, I really liked the dash and interior; it was basic but stylish and to me didn’t scream bottom-of-the-line.

My only qualm with the instrument panel was that I am one for having a large fuel gauge so I’m always reminded of how much is left in the tank.  The fuel gauge in the ES is part of the central LCD display which, with the use of the right side ‘INFO’ button, also displays distance to empty, average and instantaneous fuel consumption and external temperature.

The driver and front passenger seats are quite comfortable and the drivers seat is height adjustable.

There is no central console bin in the ES, but despite that I didn’t find any front storage issues with ample spots to stash the mobile, change, the spare dummy and some Matchbox cars. There are two central drinks holders which are a sufficient size to hold any beverage.

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

However I have a gripe with the positioning – the hand brake is located closest to the passenger with the drink holders closest to the driver, a legacy of left-hand-drive design we guess! I much prefer the hand brake closest to my seat and in the five-speed manual that I tested, I was constantly elbowing the bottles in the drink holders when changing gears.

Front and rear power windows come as standard as does cruise control, all of which are easy to operate.  The passenger seatbelt alert signal is very effective, the annoying alarm does wonders in ensuring everyone is buckled in, even if only for the sake of muting the ding ding dinging.

The audio system is reasonably good although I did notice a bit of bass vibration in the drivers’ door speaker. The CD player is MP3 compatible and straight forward to use.  Steering wheel mounted volume controls are not fitted as standard and with the volume knob towards the passenger side, it is a bit of a stretch if you are used to the fingertip convenience.

With eight clicks from minimum to maximum on the air-conditioning control, there is plenty of room to ensure the car is at a comfortable temperature.

So I can hear you all wondering, yeah, that is great, it can fit a pram and you elbowed your drink, but does it go?  The answer is a resounding yes!  I was most impressed by the punchy engine under the bonnet of the ES.  It may only have four cylinders, but the 2.0-litre engine pumping out 113kW has plenty of grunt for me.

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

The five-speed manual was great to drive and I can see it being a hit with the husband as well.  I usually have more focus for the finer things in a car and leave the under-the-bonnet caper to the other half, but I couldn’t help but take notice of the fun injected by this little number.

I even found myself itching to get it on the open road and I could have literally driven it all day and not tired of it.  To me there was no noticeable lag with 198Nm of torque and the responsiveness of the ES really bought a splash of excitement to everyday driving.

The gearbox didn’t disagree with me once, even in one or two peak hour commutes where I am usually wishing I had an automatic.  Somehow, driving a manual in the stop-start conditions didn’t bother me one bit. Add to that I didn’t stall it once goes to show this car is kind to the average female driver.  Oh, and one more thing on the gearbox, I love the shaft cover, it has a luxurious soft leathery feel.

On the downside, road noise in the Lancer was quite pronounced and I found myself cranking the stereo right up to try and drown out the road noise.  It seemed to amplify every vibration through the floor right into the car.  I guess it would be one of those things that after you got accustomed to it wouldn’t be as noticeable.

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

When I first took delivery of the ES and the large yellow sticker on the windscreen screamed 7.7 litres/100km fuel economy, I was dubious as most would be with manufacturers’ claims often not measuring up in real life situations.

But it seems my dubious thoughts were misplaced as the Lancer worked its way down from 8.0L/100km in peak hour to 7.2L/100km on a long country drive and even dipped into the sixes towards the end of the week as I became more familiar with driving the car. That fuel economy combined with a 59-litre tank means it is a decent drive to the country and back before there is any dire need of a service station.

There is a peace of mind behind the wheel of the ES with Electronic Stability Control standard as well as front airbags, and ABS and Brake Assist make the brakes highly responsive, even in the wet.

In the visibility stakes, I found there was a blind spot out the right hand side but that may well be different for someone of a different height. Despite that, it was well overcome by the side mirrors which are cleverly designed with a deeper end closest to the car.

To me the Lancer has a classy but humble look.  The sharp lines make for a very neat looking car with an air of distinction and modern persona.  Even the colour names are classy, while some might say the Lancer I test drove was beige in colour, it was in fact ‘champagne’! The ES feels ‘light’ to drive while not compromising road stability, it is easily manageable for the female driver.

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

Starting at $21,490 for the five-speed manual, the Lancer ES presents a very affordable option for a family vehicle.  It makes getting from A to B or from the school drop off to work a pleasure and handles the everyday mundane trips just as well as a weekend getaway.

For around a $5000 step up into the next price bracket, the Lancer VR adds side and curtain SRS airbags, six-CD changer, 16-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls, chrome exhaust tip, automatic air-conditioning, fog lamps and the rain sensing wipers and dusk sensing headlights among other features.  The 2.4-litre engine starts a long list of additional features in the sportier VRX which has a starting mark of $30,290.

For family living and affordability, the ES is certainly a winner for my money.

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  • Lancer ES Sedan $21,490 (M) / $23,990 (A)
  • Lancer VR Sedan $26,090 (M) / $28,590 (A)
  • Lancer VRX Sedan $30,290 (M) / $32,790 (A)


  • Engine: 1998cc DOHC four-cylinder (16 valve)
  • Power: 113kW @ 6000rpm
  • Torque: 198Nm @ 4250rpm
  • Induction: Multi Point
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual
  • Driven Wheels: Front
  • Brakes: Discs with ABS, EBA & EBD
  • Top Speed: 200km/h (claimed)
  • 0-100km/h: 9.5 seconds
  • 0-400m: Not Tested
  • CO2 Emissions: 182g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 7.6 litres/100km (Combined)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 59 litres
  • Fuel Type: 91RON petrol
  • ANCAP Rating: Four stars
  • Airbags: Dual front & driver’s knee
  • Safety: ESP with Traction Control
  • Spare Wheel: Space saver
  • Tow Capacity: 1000kg (Braked)
  • Turning Circle: 10.0 metres
  • Warranty: Three year/100,000km
  • Weight: 1295kg (Tare)
  • Wheels: Steel 16 x 6.5-inch

Road Test the Rivals:

  • Citroen C3 (from $19,990)
  • Ford Focus (from $20,490)
  • Holden Astra (from $20,990)
  • Honda Civic (from $21,790)
  • Hyundai Elantra (from $19,990)
  • KIA Cerato (from $19,490)
  • Mazda 3 (from $20,990)
  • Nissan Tiida (from $17,990)
  • Proton Persona (from $16,990)
  • Renault Megane (from $25,490)
  • Subaru Impreza (from $24,490)
  • Toyota Corolla (from $20,990)
  • Volkswagen Golf (from $25,490)

  • Anthony

    This is a Brilliant car.

    I went shopping around Toyota, Mazda, Honda and Can tell you now none of these cars offer the same features and value for money. Not to mention power, comfort and deffinetly safety.

    Love the Standard 10 YEAR WARRANTY! and 5 year Road assist

    If your wanting to dowsize your old car, or just get into a new car that looks great, has Japanese build quality which sadly the toyota and honda arent even built in Japan anymore.

    Highly Recommend a drive before your buy anything else

  • Karen

    I thought this car was just good looks. I drove the older model and was amazed by the difference between old and new

    This is a great car! Bought it that day and havent looked back. Now travelled over 10,000k’s the car is becoming more pleasant to drive.

    Recommeded Buy over Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, or Ford Focus

  • Myke

    Actually Anthony I think the ‘Rolla is once again being built in Japan, still there is no way I’d want one. I’d wait until next year and get the new Mazda3, the competition won’t stand a chance against the new model.

  • Austin

    Good review, well balanced, thanks.

  • realcars

    Best car in it’s class by a long way for the ask!
    Best looking as well. Is an absolute bargain IMO.

    Agree about the road noise although no worse than most others in this class. Jap cars seem to be the worst for this especially over course bitumen.Subarus are pretty noisy in this regard especially the Outback.

    Probably don’t encounter this surface in Japan?

  • realcars

    If they made the 2.4 litre option available in the ES this would be a large family car killer!


    We’ve got the VRX with the 2.0ltr engine, absolutely love the car, except for the road noise that keeps popping up in conversations. Will be getting a lower speed rating on the next set of tyres to try and fix this.

  • Simon

    Love your reviews Rose. I’m really glad CA often cover the feminine perspective. I even get my mother in law to read them!
    Not sure why you expected “lag”. This is something normally associated with turbo engines.
    Seems the biggest issue is road noise. Hopefully they will fix it in the update.

  • Andrew

    I noticed in the review that you said you were testing a 2009 model, and that the fuel economy was stated as 7.7L/100km on the sticker. In the MY09 update, the fuel economy was improved to 7.6L/100km in the manual models thanks to a change in gear ratios.

    I was also speaking to a Mitsubishi rep (around May this year) who told me that the update was to include changes to help address road noise and daylight visibility of the centre stack LCD display.

    This has led me to wonder perhaps you tested dealer stock of an MY08 model, prior to the MY09 upgrade in September.

    I have a 2008 ES and I’ve done 28,000km since May and have been very happy. I’ve fitted a set of 17″ wheels which I have found increased road noise and worsened fuel economy though.

  • Richo

    i have a late ’07 model VRX and have to say i’m very happy with it. Mechanically it has been 100%. Yes there is road noise, although i’m not convinced its any worse then my previous 02 astra or my Mums ’05 Xtrail. I do know for a fact that the CVT models have CONSIDERABLY worse engine noise then the manual models as the CVT holds constant rpm at around 2500-3000 and it drones through the cabin. This problem does not existist on the manual model which is the main reason i bought the manual over the auto.

    The only problem i would say it has is that its a little bit sluggish below 2500rpm, however i believe the 2.4ltr update to the VRX sorted this issue out.

    Having a 5 year warranty and 10 year engine and gearbox warranty is fantastic by the way!

  • Alan

    May be the manual version is nicer, but i didn’t like the CVT version of the Lancer. Tested Lancer, Mazda 3 and Corolla and i ended up buying a Civic. With the Lancer, the CVT gearbox can be bit slow reacting from standing still and i don’t like the noise with engine rev held at a constant. But the main reason i didn’t go with the Lancer is the interior, looks and feels cheap. And not even an arm rest in the middle.

  • Forza M

    I think Caradvice should do a review of the Tiida, it smashes Corolla 3 Astra and this thing

    • http://dodge franz chong

      I beg to Differ.I had a Tiida for four years and talk about a pile of crap.Sold it as we already had a family sized car in the home with Mum’s Mercedes and downsized into a Micra.

  • Alex

    It is obviously a good car and I want to make it very clear that I am hardly against it, I think it’s a great car but, the Ford Focus is quieter, has better build quality, better residuals, is safer (in standard form, it gets slightly better frontal impact testing even without the knee bag and you get the two side bags that the Lancer goes without) and is much more fun to drive. Looks are subjective, I think the face-lifted Focus is better looking but I can definitely see why most others wouldn’t. Plus, no matter how boxy the Focus hatch is, it’s still better than that ghastly thing that Mitsubishi put out. It doesn’t even look very practical because the backs so swoopy and considering the point of a hatchback…

    • Reality

      Focus, better residuals, YOUR DREAMING

      The Focus is nowhere, cannot give them away news, 2nd hand a orphan.

      South African build quality is rubbbish too

  • realcars

    I think the main advantage of the Lancer is that for similar or less money you are getting a car that is half a class above the rest in size which makes it a viable family car. It really is a full class above Corolla and definetly Civic in this respect and has that wonderful made in Japan detail to boot. With current driveaway pricing on Lancer would be at least 4 or 5 k cheaper than Corolla for a fully imported Japanese made vehicle unlike Corolla and u would certainly not buy Corrolla for looks or an inspired drive.

    I agree is a close call between this and Focus but pips Focus as a potential Family Car IMO.

    Civic is a good car but overpriced and indersized in relation to the rest.Should be significantly cheaper but isn’t.

  • Alex

    Realcars, the Civic is only $1800 more than the rest. I wouldn’t call that overpriced, especially with it’s interior and good driving dynamics. As for family car sizing, all I can say is that a Focus can fit an adult comfortably in the back with the front seat all the way back (a friend has an ST) and the boot in the Focus is significantly bigger than that of the Lancer. As for the Lancer being half a size class ahead, I have seen many on the road and I don’t think it is and if it is, it’s only because the bonnet’s so long. The boot and back seat space is no much more if any more than any other in the class.

  • coconut wireless

    the best value in the lancer range is the VR lancer model.. it is loaded with goodies and doesnt break the piggy bank… just purchase one 1 month ago…bought the car due to the safety rating, value and the unbelievable price offered in the runout deal.. got the manual version… so far so good. feul milege is awesome… only complaint is the road noise.. going to address that with sound deadening mats, tire change.
    hope this info help

  • Luke

    the old man picked up a

  • Luke Part2

    “the old man picked up a”

  • Luke Part2

    the old man picked up a less than 150km old; demo ES Sedan last month. Absolute scorcher of a deal, $22k driveaway, CVT tranny and included the $850 curtain airbag option. Also upgraded to the full size spare. (although this reduces boot space considerably)

    CVT transmission: The CVT belt is a little noisy getting up to the rev range; and there is a slight lag. The CVT noise quietens down when crusing.

    In the case of overtaking; slam on the accelerator, watch the revs rise and feel the car pick up speed rapidly. Class leading overtaking power in the Lancer with CVT.

    Interior a little on the cheaper side, but it passes. Given its safety features and cruise control is standard its a good $3-4k cheaper than the other Japanese makes.

    For most the extra $$$$ required to go the VR model is unneccesary. Audio system is very basic on the ES, with no AUX or ipod input.

    The Lancer does not have any stripping down the sides for body protection in the carparks. Although it is an optional accessory.

    12 month/15000km servicing, 5/10yr warranty. Can\’t go wrong for the price he got.

    • Luke Part 2. continued 2011

      2011, 45,000km update.
      Issues: AM Radio now dead, seems its not uncommmon. Entire unit will be replaced under warranty.
      Apart from that, car reliability is rock solid.

  • George

    I was a bit disappointed with the lancer. I love the look of the new hatchback but when I test drove it I couldn’t help but notice the tyre noise. Also when accelerating with the automatic, the engine was sluggish and loud – it made a farting noise. It also is large – nearly a foot longer than my outlander! It feels like a large car and is very heavy. It is good value for money and has a great warranty but I can’t go with it. Too noisy, large, heavy.

  • Alan

    I don’t agree with comments that the Lancer is half a class bigger than the rest, it might have a bigger exterior dimension, but the back seats and the boots aren’t much different to the cars in this class, and actually the boot is smaller than the corolla sedan (450L)

    Incidentally, i sat in the back seat of a Focus for the first time yesterday and it was much tighter than i expected. I’m 184cm and there’s enough head room, but there is not enough leg room with my knees right up agains the back of the front seats. The driver was about 175cm, so it’s not like the front seat was pushed all the way back.

  • MarkT

    Virtually nobody in Europe buys Lancers (apart from the occasional Evo), mainly because almost every alternative vehicle in the same class is better. Noisy, plastic interior & looks hideous. About as desirable as a microwave. The only possible reason for buying one of these might be reliability, but let’s face it who makes an unreliable car these days?

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au sony chatha

    Hi everyone. I am from canada and i just bought 2009 lancer Es. i love this car. look and performance is killing. it turns people’s head while on road or even parked in driveway. i got so many good comments from people. so happy with this car. Highly Recommended!!!

  • Paulo

    Bought this car last Friday, with alloy and airbag options … great for little families, I have two children under 3, and we crammed everything into that brilliant boot for our holiday easily … Love the CVT, fast acceleration, quality build, and easy access for child seats … Why you’d pay 3000 dollars more for any of the competition, with no cruise control, is beyond me!

  • lancerfan

    After six months of intense carshopping, test driving almost every car in this class, I finally was convinced that Lancer is hard to beat for the price it MMC is asking now.
    I chose reverse parking sensor instead – and not extra airbgs as some ppl don’t recommend airbag for rearseater kids (if they are seated in the middle, maybe).

    Ford Focus: OK driving, but base model lacks ESP even in this century! No cruise control. Frontal crash rating? 15.66 vs 15.56 Lancer, not anything substantial. Total score is less than Lancer’s. Remember, this car comes from South Africa and there are reliability issues.
    Honda Civic: Paler power, hugely expensive, arrogant salesperson, (uh, that may not be everywhere), less safe, servicing cost!!!! almost 1000 dollars for major servicing,
    Mazda 3: more expensive for the same class, no cruise control, safety not established, brick-like hard seat, neck pain after 1 hr driving,
    Toyota Corolla: No need to say anything more, almost everyone convinced it’s the worst car (of them).
    Subaru Impreza: Expensive +++, expensive servicing, guzzles fuel,

    ….. Bring any other car ….

    And also you get 5 years warranty – easy to sell after 3 years – still 2 years’ warranty left. But I plan to keep the car longer …..

    Everyone convinced??

    • NacaYoda

      How’s it going lancerfan? Everything you hoped for?

  • Tony

    Six weeks and 2000km later. Very happy with the purchase. Where else can you buy a new vehicle with a proven racing pedigree history, numerous features, warranties that cannot be beaten by competitors, and after sales service, all for under $21,000. I could drive this vehicle all day and not tire of it. However, nothing is perfect. There is the issue with road noise and placement of the centre console drinkholders that get in the way of gear changes. Apparently the road noise issue can be rectified with an after sales sevice of $500. Happy driving…

    • NacaYoda

      Thanks for the update Tony. I look forward to hearing more news from your “long term test” 😉

  • FrugalOne

    Thinking about getting one of these [in SportBack/Hatch form] model MY10 which has the slight improved interior/plastics and few other minor upgrades for wifey, as i practice what i say, and believe and want a Made In Japan vehicle.

    There is NO better new car with this many features/warranty etc at this price, i know as a fact, i have checked and rechecked!

    NOTE the oil cooler on the MY10 CVT auto has now been removed…….groan!

    You can 2nd hand Prius I Tech for around $21.5k driveaway but you have to be patient to get the right one in a colour you like, and books, history etc etc

    A 2007 I-Tech model Prius with about 30,000km on the clock, is also around this sort of coin.It had a RRP of near $50k!

    Looking out in the new year for *deals*



  • ray

    My new Lancer ES 2010 is due to arrive mid February, knowing the glowing reviews I have read here I am very encouraged, that the contract I have signed is a good deal indeed!

    • ray

      My new Lancer Es arrived in the first week of March.
      The road noise does bother me a bit.
      If all the road surface of our highways was uniformly smooth, there would be no problem.
      I just hope that after the tyres are worn out a bit, the noise will be more acceptable.

      • Yonny

        Ray, manual or auto? The Lancers are much quieter now than they were when this model was first released. Various road testers report the noise in the revised Lancer (MY09 onward) to be the same or less than the current Ford Focus and Mazda 3, but who knows – noise is highly subjective.

        I know from experience (with a Ford Focus) that tyre noise does not diminish as the tyres wear. When your tyres need replacing (if you can wait that long) you may want to consider replacing them with tyres specifically made to be quiet – the Toyo Transas Teo or the Michelin Primacy for example.

  • Jason

    I’ve been driving one of these for work for the past 4 months (12 hour shifts mind you), so impressed with the vehicle that I went and bought a new one yesterday. Will let you know how it goes :)

  • leesa

    I take delivery of my new 2010 Lancer Activ, auto, black this week :)
    Such a great list of features, you get heaps more value than the ES model (16 inch alloys, bluetooth, audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, tinted windows and spoiler). Will let you know how it goes!

  • Steven

    I just brought the lancer activ today and I love it. The only problem I have is the road noise. Im thinking about changing the tyres to see if that helps as i have heard they are very loud

  • Rahul Joshi

    Hello Everybody,

    I own a june 08′ VRX auto 2.0 litre version. May be i can advice you all in a better way and i live in sydney.

    I am very satisfied with this car. It does have a road noise problem and it remains the same as i have done about 35K’s on my tyres. As i have a VRX so i have no complaints with the interior. As far as driving is concerned i have done many long trips e.g 1200 Km each side and i never had any problems driving it. Even i have a Auto VRX i received a very good fuel economy about 8/100 and 6.5-7/100 on highways. Its true its bit sluggish on CVT at start but it really picks up. Its not an evo, wrx (dont forget that).

    My brother has got a Mazda3 max sport same year and i drive it oftenly. I dont have any complaints with it but Lancer is better value for money. Mazda Service is expensive than Lancer. Warranty is definitely better in Mitsu. But believe me Lancer has got more power than mazda 3 or corolla.

    I hope my views will help someone chosing it. Their is website called http://www.clubcj.net. This website is speciallly dedicated for Lancers 07 after models. Just try it.

    Many Thanxs
    and Best of luck for all proud owners of New Lancers

  • Gary

    I drove a Lancer Activ and Hyundai i30 SLX autos yesterday back to back. Difference being diesel in Hyundai.

    pros:Looks awesome, cheaper than Hyundai in petrol form.5/10 warranty and 5yr roadside assist.

    cons:Noisy engine and shocking tyre roar from the Yokahama Advan tyres,cheap looking interior, space saver spare,crappy dash setup using info button to change screens for engine and fuel info.

    pros: Much quieter even with diesel engine, no tyre roar,better looking interior, classy dashboard,full size alloy spare.

    cons: Less warranty.

    Having owned a Magna Solara from new in 2005 I am impressed with Mitsubishi’s reliability, what i’m not impressed with is the slow response time to minor warranty isues.

    As for driving both cars back to back the head says Lancer for the price but the heart Says Hyundai for the better drive all round and in the diesel option over 1000km to a 53 trl tank.

  • fayaz

    I purchased this new lancer 8 months back….it is amazing car in this price. I love this to drive. Lot of people suggested not to buy this car but i was impressed and now i am fully satisfied….gr8 car!!!!

  • Milind

    I bought 2009 Lancer ES. And it is really a fantastic car. Its engine is zippy and handles very smoothly.
    fuel economy is also very good. In addition to road noise and engine vibration, front Seats lacks thigh support. but rest of the things are fine. I recommend this car to everyone. Thanks.

  • Dan09

    Have owned the 09 lancer VRX (2.4l) for over a year now. Its a fantastic car, it corners very well and is beautiful on the freeway. Overall, a very responsive, powerful and has accurate feeling when driving. I got the manual – can’t stand the drone/fakeness of the CVT’s (I like to feel the shifts), plus the manual is heaps more fun to drive. Only complaint is the interior build quality. You will have to get used to having rattles, particularly in the cooler months, and if you get tinting on the front windows they will scratch (since Mitsubishi skimped on felted weather stripping – POOR FORM MITSUBISHI). Overall very good rating in terms of the drive, but pity the interior build isn’t quite there. In comparison to the i30 (i also drove) these cars are in a different ballpark – i30 is boring to drive, uninspiring and underpowered.

  • NewCar

    just got this 2009 lancer Es as an ex-demo. GREAT CAR. love it, its speedy, good looking and great value.

  • David

    Have been driving the 09 VRX sport back now for just over a year. Have to say that overall it has been a good drive.

    The CVT transmission took a while to get use too but it does give you amazing fuel economy, especially on long trips.

    My old Magna VRX had a bit of a growl when pushed and just felt more satisfying noise wise. The CVT transmission is super smooth but makes the car sound like a golf cart. :-)

    Pros: Good fuel economy. Drives well. Lots of features. Air-con is awesome. Nice stereo system.

    Cons: All the plastic in the interior. Road noise – I suspect the 18″ tyres are the main culprits. The front seats could have been a lot better – on long trips my back aches. No full size spare tyre. No reverse parking sensors on the VRX Sportback.

  • Edd

    Have been driving this car (auto) since Feb 08 (owned ut almost 3 year). it is great car, reliability with no major issue with car service (follow the log book service).

    have driven holden cruze as rental car (petrol auto). it feels very sluggish (and noisy when you push the accelerator compared with lancer)

  • Pinto

    I bought an ES in mid 2009 and have done 75,000k since then, for the most part it’s a great car, looks great, handles very well, plenty of power for the price, more room than most in it’s price range and the fuel economy is INCREDIBLE. Last weekend i went to Toowoomba and on the way back to the sunshine coast, averaged 5.6L/100k, the best i’ve managed is 4.9L/100k with AC off slipstreaming a truck at 80kmh.

    On the downside, it’s a bit fragile inside and out, is a little lacking in low down torque, really needs a 6th gear for the highway, the driver’s air vents are placed right behind the wheel and freeze your fingers, dealer servicing is OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive, the wipers don’t go fast enough on high for even moderate rain (heavy rain you can’t see at all), it is a DEATH TRAP on dirt roads, and the rear visibility is seriously compromised by the very high parcel shelf.

    Dirt road handling aside (i really hope Mitsubishi do something about it, anything over 40kmh is dangerous on dirt), i have only found very minor details which detract from what is otherwise an excellent car, i will be keeping it for a long time yet.