Test: Mitsubishi Lancer

Sportsman from Japan - Mitsubishi Lancer

The 10th and last generation of the Lancer, the Lancer Evolution X, is to bring a breath of fresh air to the street version of the Lancer with its experience from rallying. Mitsubishi's best-selling, but also most unobtrusive car is said to build on the time when the Lancer became known for its motorsport success. With the 1.6 liter MIVEC, the Japanese engineers are presenting a good entry-level engine. Coupled with small changes to the design and some new equipment details, the car manufacturer based in Rüsselsheim wants to offer its mid-range vehicle ready for the 2016 sales year. The basic version of both body styles - sedan and sportback - start at an attractive price of € 18.490.

Mitsubishi Lancer 1.6 MIVEC

The athlete from Japan for everyone
With fresh and attractive appearance.

Bonds from motorsport

Fresh and attractive, the Lancer in the year 2016 on customer catch go. The Japanese do not want to rely only on the previously offered five-seat sedan. The notchback model is followed by the respectful Spoilern, 217 kW (295 PS) strong two-liter turbo gasoline engine and four-wheel drive tuned high-performance Evolution X. To round off the offer, is now a five-door hatchback version called Sportback available. 4,64 meter measures the built in Japan Lancer, just under four inches more than its predecessor. Correspondingly, the wheelbase has been extended to 2,64 meters and the width has grown by almost five centimeters on 1,76 meters. The Lancer Sportback not only has an aggressive-looking front and short body overhangs, it also offers generous space in its interior. The fabric seats are also sporting contoured and provide a comfortable side support. As usual, the cockpit presents itself. Everything you need is there and placed where you intuitively expect it. With the 6,1 inch touchscreen for the audio and hands-free system, Mitsubishi puts another eye-catcher in the middle of the dashboard.

Large trunk with high-opening tailgate

Not only the Isofix brackets make the Sportback a family-friendly car, but also the trunk, which can be extended from 344 to well-sized 1349 liters with a flat loading floor. In addition, the height-adjustable trunk floor can be adjusted so that it is flush with the loading opening. The high-opening tailgate also makes loading easier, with the loading sill appearing too high. On the whole, the interior makes a solid impression, the workmanship is neat. Round instruments and chrome trim on the optional multifunction steering wheel give the Sportback a sporty touch.

Sportback with high-opening tailgate
Sportback with high-opening tailgate.

Cultivated 1.6er gasoline engine

We test the 86 kW (117 PS) base engine 1.6 MIVEC ClearTec, which comes standard with a not quite up to date, but precisely switchable five-speed gearbox. The latter is well graded and helps to adequately bring the 154 Newtonmeter sufficient for this displacement from 4.000 revolutions of the engine on the road and at the same time not too often have to head for the gas station. 11,1 seconds are needed for the 1,4 tons heavy body to get on Tempo 100, the top speed is a modest 188 km / h. This is not a competitive sport, but anything but boring. The suspension of the front-wheel drive, which is not too softly tuned, reacts good-naturedly during load changes and enables a sportier gait. A pleasant long-distance comfort is guaranteed. For a car with a decidedly sporty claim we would, however, wish for a more direct interpretation of the steering.

1.6 liter gasoline in pure culture
1.6 liter gasoline in pure culture.

Moderate prices

Last but not least, Mitsubishi wants to make a positive purchase decision with its base price of € 18.490. For this the prospective buyer expects the tested 1.6 MIVEC (86 kW / 117 PS) and a five-speed manual transmission in the basic configuration "BASIS". This is followed by the "PLUS" with the same engine. For a surcharge of € 2.500 are already a central locking with radio remote control, an audio system including radio and CD / MP3 function, air conditioning and front bumper and grille with chrome molding at the top, headlights with integrated daytime running lights and a USB audio interface included. The third equipment variant "TOP" with features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, digital radio and a light and rain sensor round off the vehicle at a surcharge of € 1.000 again. The optionally available CVT transmission is only available for the 1.8 MIVEC (103 kW / 140 PS).

Car with moderate entry price
Car with moderate entry price.
 At the end...

The entry-level price of € 18.490 chosen by Mitsubishi not only offers an attractive price / performance ratio. He also signals a challenge in this segment. Thus, the Lancer Sportback is absolutely competitive and makes his purchase decision easier.


Lancer 1.6 MIVEC

EngineR4, gasoline, turbo
capacity1.590 ccm³
Performance117 hp @ 6.000 rpm
Kraft154 Nm @ 4.000 rpm
gear5-speed manual transmission
drive axlefront-wheel drive
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Length Width Height4.640, 1.760, 1.515 mm
wheelbase2.635 mm
Tare1.375 kg
turning circle10,0 m
top speed188 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h11,1 sec
standard consumption5.5 l / 100 km


everyday driver6.2 l / 100 km (Diesel)
Eco-expert5.8 l / 100 km
Field service mode6.8 l / 100km

Text and photos: Stefan Beckmann

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