All full of as­pi­ra­tion

The Lancer range con­tin­ues to main­tain its po­si­tion in the top 10, writes Paul Pot­tinger

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

ATOP 10 sales fin­isher in 2010, the three-year-old CJ se­ries Lancer con­tin­ues to rate with those who want four cylin­ders but must have four doors, just like a ‘‘real’’ fam­ily car.

There’s a Lancer hatch, too, but the sedan’s the one you tend to see on the street.

This makes sense, es­pe­cially for a Mit­subishi man for whom the brand’s V6 fam­ily car is a lamented ca­su­alty of the times.

The As­pire, which sits atop the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated Lancer range ( there are the tur­bocharged Ral­liarts, and, ul­ti­mately, the Evo­lu­tion se­ries), is a sort of down-sized Ver­ada to the lesser Lancer’s mini Magna.

But with its barmy boy racer bits, the VRX, which is priced frac­tion­ally be­neath the As­pire, is a sort of faux Evo for half the money and a frac­tion of the abil­ity.

Value

A LARGE help­ing of fruit and a smart sticker price see the VRX right among the top ech­e­lons of its mainly Ja­panese, small-to-medium sized ri­vals. Buy­ers of lesser vari­ants are en­cour­aged to stretch that bit fur­ther fi­nan­cially.

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