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