THE Lancer SX is a new string in Mitsubishi's bow, positioned between the base model ES and the popular VR.
It is the manufacturer's attempt – and a good one at that – to capture the interest of those drivers who love the assurance of quality but are still driven by price and practicality.
With refined good looks, dependable handling and generous equipment, the SX is already proving an ideal stablemate.
The Lancer stays true to its mid-size tag, with ample space for all on board.
Seats are wide and comfortable – although a little lumbar support would not go astray. Instrumentation is clear and well set out, with the multi-information display a thoughtful extra.
The dash of our SX was quite plain, with even the chrome accents failing to add much interest.
At 400 litres, the boot space is generous, with a lowered lip making loading and unloading a breeze.
On the road
Mitsubishi is quickly mastering the CVT automatic, with the SX delivering a sharp on-road experience.
Highway driving requires little effort, while runs around town are efficient with no surprises.
The SX is obviously loaded for comfort but remains solid around corners, with excellent braking evident.
The CVT can get a little throaty when changing up and there is a tad more cabin noise than you would expect.
What do you get?
Mitsubishi is proud of its five star ANCAP rating, with quality safety features standard across its vehicles.
The Lancer comes equipped with seven airbags, ABS brakes, stability and traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution and updated brake assist system.
On board features include cruise control, power windows, 16-inch alloys, four-speaker CD system with USB port and leather-wrapped steering, with audio and cruise controls.
This segment has a host of rivals but the main competition comes from Holden Cruze CDX ($25,990), Toyota Corolla ($26,490) and Mazda 3 ($25,755).
The Lancer SX has enough space and power to interest growing families and the on road manners to attract those closer to retirement. Lancers weer a top choice for fleet cars during the late 1990s and early years of the last decade – but are now creating interest among a much wider audience.
Fuel usage is average for this segment, with our test vehicle using considerably more than the claimed 8.3-litres/100km.
Mitsubishi's warranties are a big drawcard, though.
The Diamond Advantage combines a 10 year or 160,000km powertrain warranty, a five-year or 130,000km new vehicle warranty, and a five-year perforation warranty – with servicing costs capped for the first four years or 60,000km of driving.
Five-year roadside assist is also included.
With trademark fighter-jet grille, sleek lines and raised behind, it is sure to draw a second look.
The SX is a perfect addition to the Mitsubishi stable, a family-friendly quality offering that will find many admirers.
Model: Mitsubishi Lancer SX.
Details: Five-door front-wheel drive mid-size sedan.
Transmission: Five-speed manual or six-step CVT automatic.
Engine: 2.0-litre petrol, naturally-aspirated in-line four cylinder generating maximum power of 113kW @ 6000rpm and peak torque of 198Nm @ 4250rpm.
Consumption: 8.3 litres/100km combined average.
Bottom line: $25,290
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