MIT­SUBISHI LANCER LX

Still see a lot of Lancer sedans out there. From Korea comes yet an­other chal­lenger. STU­ART MARTIN ref­er­ees

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Value

The LX has heated seats (power ad­justable for the driver), leather trim, key­less en­try and start, Blue­tooth (voice ac­ti­vated and linked to the touch­screen six-speaker au­dio), well-hid­den USB in­put and cli­mate con­trol. The au­to­matic is of the con­tin­u­ously vari­able va­ri­ety.

Tech­nol­ogy

The lit­tle Lancer is pro­pelled by a will­ing al­loy 2.0-litre (110kW/197Nm), with the brand’s sta­ple vari­able in­take valve lift and tim­ing sys­tem. It sips from the 59-litre tank at about 7.0L/100km. The driv­e­train isn’t as quiet or as re­fined as the Cer­ato’s.

De­sign

Bear­ing the fa­mil­iar snout of the three-di­a­mond brand, the five-year-old Lancer looks long in the tooth. It’s not ugly but it’s not as pretty as some newer op­po­si­tion. The cabin fits a nu­clear fam­ily and the 400-litre boot ri­vals big­ger mod­els.

Safety

It has a five-star NCAP rat­ing, thanks to seven airbags front, front-side, cur­tain and one for the driver’s knee, and adds sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol, anti-lock brakes and emer­gency brake as­sist. Re­vers­ing cam­era and rear sen­sors are fit­ted.

Drive

The lively power plant is more flex­i­ble than the out­puts sug­gest — it’s among a hand­ful of cars that achieve claimed fuel use in the real world. Nim­ble rather than ag­ile and with a de­cent ride qual­ity, it can cart kids with­out rear seat com­plaints.

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