Review: Mitsubishi Lancer (2008 – 2014)

Rating:

Comes as saloon and a five-door Sportback. Competent and handles reasonably well. Ralliart is good fun.

Hard to make a strong case for buying one. Sportback is not a looker.

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Mitsubishi Lancer (2008 – 2014): At A Glance

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Mitsubishi Lancer (2008 – 2014): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4570–4585 mm
Width 1760 mm
Height 1490–1515 mm
Wheelbase 2635 mm

Full specifications

With 344 litres of standard boot and 1,394 litres with the back seats down, the Ralliart is one of the largest cars in the competitive C segment, making it an excellent choice for the family who like to get out and about. You also get a lot of car for your money, even at basic trim level as the Sportback Ralliart is kitted out to a very high spec and comes as standard with:

*650 W Rockford FosgateTM premium audio system
*Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 7-inch LCD monitor on-board navigation
*BluetoothTM-enabled hands-free phone kit
*Auto-light control & rain-sensitive auto wipers
*Adaptive front lighting system
*Electronic Total Automobile Control System (ETACS)
*Emergency Stop Signal System (Sportback and Sportback Ralliart)

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What's the Mitsubishi Lancer (2008 – 2014) like to drive?

The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart 2.0 turbo with twin clutch SST is a generously proportioned C-segment car.

Due for launch is early 2009 it looks set to provide him and her with a great balance between a good looking and comfortable family car with the high sports performance and handling of the Evo as well as an array of great kit that comes as standard.

Complementing the Lancer Sports Sedan and the Lancer Evolution, The Sportback and Sportback Ralliart have been designed to connect the strategic dots and become the driving force of Mitsubishi Motors passenger car offensive.

The Ralliart has a de-tuned 2.0 litre 16 valve MIVEC engine which generates 236 bhp. Its not as aggressively quick as the EVO but it its certainly a pokey engine doing 0 60 in an impressive 7 seconds. Because the suspension of the Ralliart is softer than the EVO it makes for a far smoother ride particularly as a passenger and does what it needs to do in all situations we put it through.

In traffic its quiet and obedient without the jerkiness of the EVO or its ability to make your passenger sick in slow moving traffic. On the motorway you feel safe and in control with enough muscle to make you feel like youre at the very least Prince of the road as and when you need to be.

The Ralliart comes with Sports Shift transmission which is a dual clutch gearbox like a VAG DSG with two settings: Normal and Sports. The Sports setting really came into its own on the winding mountain roads of the Spanish countryside. The car really feels like its been let out of its box in sports mode and enjoys the challenge of a really good camber. The safety features makes you feel confident in putting it through its paces at speed Mitsubishi have tested the car to 5* NCAP requirements but this wont be confirmed until launch.

The Sportback model will be the first of the Mitsubishi range to carry the Ralliart badge, its name an amalgamation of some corporate brain storming exercise whereby two of the brand attributes identified were: Rally and Art. The Ralliart is a lighter interpretation of the Concept-X/Lancer Evos design theme and also sports the shark like grimace of the new trademark jet fighter grille designed for visual identity across the range.

With this car, Mitsubishi have really succeeded in connecting the Lancer and the Lancer Evolution to create a proper family of sporting Lancers for the first time since the late 80s.

The size and kit that comes as standard make this a good car for a family with a sporty attitude to motoring. It would certainly be a shame to waste it with regular city slicking and a weekly shop.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart - a car that likes to get out and about.

Road Test by Sarah Thomas

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.5 43–44 mpg 11.6–11.8 s 153–156 g/km
1.8 34–37 mpg 9.8–12.0 s 183–198 g/km
1.8 Automatic 34–36 mpg 11.2–12.0 s 188–198 g/km
1.8 CVT 34 mpg 12.0 s 198 g/km
2.0 DI-D 44–45 mpg 9.6–10.0 s 165–173 g/km
2.0 Ralliart SST 28 mpg 7.1 s 243 g/km

Real MPG average for a Mitsubishi Lancer (2008 – 2014)

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Average performance

106%

Real MPG

22–58 mpg

MPGs submitted

60

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What have we been asked about the Mitsubishi Lancer (2008 – 2014)?

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Buying a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GS4 1.8 Auto - good idea?

I've found a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GS4 1.8 Auto with 75k on the clock and is going for £5000. I've read your review and I'm querying if the only bad point was the satnav why would it score only a 2. This is the review in question: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mitsubishi/lancer-2008 Also is 5k a fair price for it, how low could I haggle for it?
Hardly any were sold in the UK, which explains the lack of feedback. It gets a 2 because it simply isn't a very good car. Spare parts are hard to get so any problem and the car could be off the road for a while. And I think I told you already that £5k for a 75k mile 2008 isn't cheap.
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