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Mitsubishi Lancer Aspire (2009)

by John Ewing,reviewed February 2009

It's worth looking past the pretentious name bestowed on the new premium Lancer sedan. Attempting to distance it from its relatively humble origins and add prestige.
Mitsubishi have raided the creature comfort and safety features cupboard loading the new model with fruit including HID headlights, seven airbags, leather, Rockford Fosgate premium audio, ESC, smart-key entry and climate control.

To further entice buyers from larger cars, there's a larger capacity 2.4-litre engine mated to a CVT auto pushing performance to the pointy end of the class. Aspire steers and corners with confidence, however ride on 18" low-profile rubber and firm suspension can feel a bit ragged.

Tyre and engine noise can be intrusive, while a lack of steering reach adjustment and a fiddly communications display screen with its aftermarket add-on look blemish a decent package.
Mitsubishi Lancer Aspire 2009

For

Standard equipment and safety, warranty, performance

Against

Ergonomic quibbles, noise, fuel consumption

Car Details

Vehicle make Mitsubishi
Vehicle model Lancer Aspire
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2009
Price when new $33,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.4-litre MIVEC 4-cyl
Max power 125 kW @ 6000 rpm
Max torque 226 Nm @ 4100 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 9.6 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 26.4 m
Economy ADR 8.5 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.