Here’s why. Active Stability Control and Traction Control are standard across the entire Lancer range. And it doesn’t stop there when it comes to safety equipment.
Ride and handling are first rate with a generally smooth and compliant ride for driver and passenger even over poor road surfaces. We hit some blind dips in the road at a rapid velocity and were expecting the car to bottom out. Not a chance.
On the back – a new multi-link rear suspension ensures the sort of ride comfort you would normally expect on a more expensive and perhaps larger car.
Apart from the enhanced ride qualities – this is a much more rigid car than that which it replaces. How’s this for stiff.
Torsional rigidity is up a massive 56 per cent and bending rigidity increased by 50 per cent. But here’s the stat makes it all good. The new Lancer exceeds body stiffness of the current Lancer Evolution 1X and that’s downright astounding.
Steering is precise although no more so than the previous Lancer which didn’t need fixing in any way. However, at speed and into some nice curvy stretches, the boost could have been reduced – slightly.
The old Lancer interior was rubbish. They knew it and we knew it.
Mitsubishi have listened well though. The interior fit out on the new car is inline with more expensive Japanese cars although, some plastics are a little on the hard side.
The ergonomics are well thought out, with the exception of the handbrake lever, which is awkward to pull up. Seats all round are supportive, comfortable and well bolstered. It’s a wider track and longer car than the superseded model, so there is plenty rear legroom and headroom for those up to 190cm or a little over.
In-gear acceleration is where the CVT shines. If your travelling along at a lazy 3000rpm and need to overtake a dirty great B-Double as was required on our test drive, then in less than a second, you’ll see the tacho hit 5500rpm and you’re gone!
You won’t need to use a key with the VRX either. Just carry the key fob on your person and the car will unlock for you and then just turn the starter as if it were a key and off you go.
BY Anthony Crawford