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Mitsubishi Lancer LX Sedan (2013)
The Mitsubishi Lancer ES finished just inside the top 10 in this year’s Australia’s Best Cars (ABC) small car under $35,000 category.
Our test vehicle, an LX sedan, is $4000 dearer but extensively better equipped than the volume selling, base model ES scored in ABC.
Introduced in October last year, the LX is available in both Sedan and Sportback body types and is powered by Mitsubishi’s 2.0-litre, MIVEC four-cylinder engine coupled with either standard five-speed manual or optional CVT (as in our test car) with Sport Mode transmission.
Running and repair costs are a standout, with Mitsubishi offering a five year/130,000km warranty and capped price servicing for the first four years or 60,000km of ownership.
The Lancer sedan’s other best assets are its space, for cargo and occupants, and ride quality, where it’s close to – but not quite – best in class. However, comfort, performance, handling, braking and smoothness and quietness are average for segment.
The official ADR combined fuel average is 7.2 litres/100km.
In LX form, there’s plenty of standard kit, including the latest Mitsubishi LINK audio system offering hands-free bluetooth connectivity with voice activation and streaming audio.
Although the LX is a relatively new model, the current generation Lancer is starting to show its age.
Warranty, capped price servicing, space, ride
CVT not as smooth as some, average in many other ways
16-inch alloys, climate-control airconditioning, smart key, leather-faced seats, front heated sports seats (driver’s powered), reversing camera and parking sensors, CD player with MP3, iPod and USB connectivity with four speakers and pair of tweeters
Dual front/side/curtain and driver’s knee airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability/traction controls
||Lancer LX Sedan
||Small Under $35,000
|Price when new
||$26,240 (with CVT) MLP
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||2.0-litre, MIVEC petrol, 4-cyl
||110kW @ 6000rpm
||197Nm @ 4200rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||10.4 seconds (tested)
|Braking from 80 km/h
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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.