It's difficult to bring the comfort of our homes inside a car, and it's almost impossible to do so in a car priced below 100,000 Euros. But Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, which goes around 30,000 Euros with all taxes included, is more than a decent ride and one of the aces up its sleeve is the interior space.
As compared to the sedan version we tested some time ago, the Sportback comes with a single worth-mentioning difference: the rear side which was obviously adapted to the hatch architecture. The result? 1075mm (42.3 inches) front leg room, 915mm (35.9 inches) rear leg room, 1005mm (39.6 inches) front head room, 935mm (36.8 inches) rear head room and a total of 94.5 cu. ft. (2675 liters) of passenger volume, just as we said above.
We won't take a look at the competition, but ergonomics seem to be up to the standards imposed by modern cars. A color touchscreen, criticized by some for its low resolution and bad quality, keeps the whole design plain and simple, keeping the number of console buttons to minimum.
Aside from the display, the steering wheel hosts all the buttons the driver would ever need after turning on the engine, regardless if we're talking about cruise control, audio or mobile phone controls. Plus, the steering paddles behind the wheel which are nothing more than a handy tool to turn what bears the name of a family car into some sort of modern toy for Tommi Makinen.
The interior quality is still up for review, but critics have always stated that Lancer Sportback Ralliart comes with a bit too much cheap and hard plastic for such a high price. While slinging mud at the Lancer, most of them are actually pointing to Golf GTI, claiming that the price you have to pay for a Sportback Ralliart should bring much more than you actually get.
But even so, Mitsubishi spoils its drivers with leather seats and heating function for the front ones, leather wrapped steering wheel, chrome air vents surroundings plus a bunch of other metallic details for the dashboard and the center console.Continue reading