For almost nine generations, the Mitsubishi Lancer has proven to be a safe and reliable car. Pitted against its competitors – the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Holden Cruze, Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla – the Lancer continues to emanate the spirit of a quintessential sports sedan.
The Lancer’s chiselled and muscular features give other cars a run for their money. Car dealers in Brisbane agree it is one of the Lancer’s biggest assets. Aside from its looks, this car is also available in two different body styles (a 4-door sedan and 5-door Sportback) and powered by an MIVEC 2.0-litre engine, it is tough enough to navigate through the urban jungle.
Let us take an in-depth look on why the Mitsubishi Lancer is the best city driving machine on the market:
Power under the hood
Potential buyers can choose from the Lancer’s three 4-cylinder engine variants:
- 148-horsepower (HP), 2.0-litre I-4
- 168-horsepower (HP), 2.4-litre I-4
- 237-horsepower (HP), 2.0-litre I-4
Designed after Mitsubishi’s MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system) technology, these engines are the perfect balance of higher power output, lower exhaust emissions and efficient fuel consumption. These engines also come with a 5-speed manual transmission or CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) option.
The ES model comes with a 148-hp, 2.0-litre engine. GT models are powered by a 168-hp, 2.4-litre engine, powerful enough to zip through city streets and highways. For those who want racing-style performance under the hood, the Ralliart and Evolution sedans both have 237-hp, 2.0-litre intercooled engines.
Body styles and interior designs
Buyers can choose between the ES, LX and VRX body styles. Each model includes standard equipment like:
- Cruise control
- Power mirrors
- Power windows
- Air conditioning
- Auto-off headlights
- Remote keyless entry
- Automated door locks
- Audio/video entertainment system
Aside from these, the ES base model also comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, 60/40 split rear seats, a 4-speaker sound system and front-and-rear centre arm rests. The LX and VRX models feature heated seats and side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, USB-equipped touchscreen audio console and Bluetooth support. The VRX also comes with bigger and beefier 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Lancer’s interior boasts 400 litres of cabin space. It has enough room for city-dwelling families and their weekend cargo. Mitsubishi’s designers have also added door pockets, cup holders, a cubbyhole and centre stack for water bottles and other accessories.
Technology, fuel economy and safety ratings
Technology is abound in this versatile vehicle. The Lancer boasts a 6.1 inch touch screen audio console with HD Radio support. Keep track of traffic situations or listen to your favourite tunes while driving. This console panel also serves as the rear view camera’s display. The LX trim model comes with rear parking sensors to help you park your car. Other high tech accessories such as the MMCS Navigation System and Voice-activated Bluetooth are included in some packages.
The Mitsubishi Lancer has a 59-litre fuel tank capacity and its average consumption is roughly 8.5 litres per 100km.
With an ANCAP safety rating of 5, the Lancer features a RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Solution) body construct, Active Stability Control (ASC) and a 7-Airbag Safety System. Emergency brake assist and anti-lock brakes help keep the car stable during sudden stops or emergencies.
In spite of its rivals, the Mitsubishi Lancer is still a reliable city car. Given its high safety rating and impressive features, this car is a great all-rounder for any driver.