Review Mitsubishi Lancer VR
The big cow nose may belong to a larger car, but it fits the front of the latest example of Mitsubishi’s clear salesman. The Lancer range has been ‘Blandsville styling’ in the past, but this latest example, VR, has blown away that memory.
Although the ultra-sport Evolution model won’t be available in Australia for a while, real-world examples of new cars are quickly making its way on our roads.
There is good reason for that; It’s a good little car, though few don’t do it fairly.
With a length of 4570mm, it has increased by 100mm, width up to 1760mm, increased by 65mm and height has increased by 60mm to 1490mm. Wheelbase has increased by 35mm, to 2635mm.
It has also added from 30kg to 60kg, depending on the model’s specification.
Nestled in the black and silver interior of VR, some types of plastic may seem a little cheap at first glance, but at $ 25,290, this is not a bank breaker tool by most standards.
The materials feel better than their looks and though black / silver, it’s not dark and gloomy.
While on the road, Lancer continued to surprise.
The replacement model is also not a bad car, but the new version feels more powerful in the body and it is also quieter, with losing nearly half a liter in engine block volume barely surpassing. attention.
The 5-speed manual gearbox combined with the clutch pedal requires a firm push, but feels good.
The gearbox has a nice clean action and good feel, without being too heavy or bulky. Prejudice proposes another week in the shopping cart but Lancer is a surprising thing; It feels tight and quite lively, not soft and ‘dough’ as some of its opposites. The engine has been reduced from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine of 115kW / 220Nm to two liters and provides 113kW and 198Nm, later to 4250 rpm.
Reducing the output did not detract from the drive experience, as the engine was surprisingly flexible and ready to work. There is a decent amount of room in the front and rear of the cabin, although the driving position can benefit from the adjustable steering wheel.
With safety ultimately becoming more important in reason of purchase, Lancer has a lot to offer; Dual front, side, curtain and even driver knee airbags in VR, along with standard fit across a wide range of stability control. The list of features also includes robust climate control, handy windscreen wipers and automatic headlights and an internal six-disc CD audio system compatible with MP3 and six-speaker compatibility.
VR is a good compromise, able to fulfill everyday mundane tasks without feeling as if it is incapable of performing other driving duties.