With such great power under the hood, it's a shame to drive this car in an urban environment. Mostly because you cannot enjoy the acceleration and performance times the 2.0-liter engine has to offer. But still, Lancer could be somewhat suitable for city cruising.
According to Mitsubishi's very own figures, Ralliart's powertrain configuration should achieve 17 mpg (13.8 l/100km) on city roads, but the best we could get was 15 mpg (approximately 15.6 l/100km) after a 15 km trip during a morning rush hour.
Just like in any other crowded city, the dual-clutch transmission does its job perfectly, allowing the driver to relax his left foot while being stuck in traffic jams, without the need to shift gears.
Comfort isn't a problem at all, as the suspension system, although configured to suit a sporty driving style, helps you pass over speed bumps without even noticing them. Things are a bit different when driving on uneven roads, but there's nothing wrong with that since we're dealing with such a high performance car.
Our car boasted a trunk volume of 257 liters (reduced to this size due to the subwoofer), which means it should be large enough to hold all the shopping bags. There are no cargo nets whatsoever, so you should really be careful with your luggage once you put them inside the Lancer.
Parking a car with these dimensions shouldn't be too difficult, but taking into account today's traffic and the number of cars (as compared to the available parking spots), every single system design to assist you during the parking maneuver is welcome. Unfortunately, our Lancer Ralliart came with no such technologies, not even parking sensors, but we really didn't experience harsh times squeezing into an empty spot.
Visibility level is below average, with both the windshield and the rear window providing a decent view on the road. Furthermore, the two exterior mirrors are large enough to keep you up to date with what happens behind the car, but blind spots are not eliminated at all.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
You do know that I'm one of the guys into German cars, but this car really made me hold my breath when I pressed the throttle pedal. I just love the engine sound at high revs, especially when driving in Sport mode.
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