The exterior sportiness goes inside the Lancer Ralliart and it receives a polite welcome from the leather-wrapped sport front bucket seats. And speaking of seats, the car features a 6-way adjustable driver's seat, with large bolster that kindly "hug" you when pressing the throttle pedal. The tilt-adjustable steering wheel provides instant access to some of the most important functions of the car, including the audio system and cruise control, through the left-side and right-side mounted buttons, respectively.
Furthermore, the steering wheel holds the two shift paddles which could give you a bit of WRC feeling if you wish to deactivate the twin-clutch transmission. Last but not least, the leather-wrapped steering wheel allows you to control the Bluetooth system, so you can easily talk on your phone while keeping the eyes on the road.
Basically, all things are exactly where you'd expect them to be. The power window controls are placed on the driver's doors, alongside the exterior mirror controls and the door locking button.
The center console however comes with a very simple yet elegant design. Basically, because the only controls you'll see there are the ones concerning the automatic climate control, the rest of the car's functions can be easily accessed through an LCD screen with touch support. In just a few words (we'll detail the display's functions in the gadgets section), this device controls both the navigation and the audio system, while also providing vital information such as fuel consumption and emissions level.
The interior seems to be comfy enough for both the front and the rear passengers, but the test with our 2-meter tall colleague proved otherwise. Traveling as a rear passenger doesn't seem too much of a problem, while getting behind the wheel might cause some headaches, mostly to taller persons. It's almost impossible to drive a Lancer Ralliart if you're measuring more than 2 meters (6 ft 6 in) in height, regardless of the seat and steering wheel position.Continue reading