Lancer Sportback Ralliart's interior brings nothing new over the features we've all seen on the sedan. The design is 100 percent the same, with absolutely no change visible on the dashboard, seats or steering wheel.
The interior is the kind of a "hate it or love it" thing, splitting people into two separate groups, one of which claims that Mitsubishi had no design idea in mind when sketching the dashboard. In fact, the whole interior is actually based on simple and clear lines, while the dashboard and the console are centered around the integrated touchscreen display.
Using such a piece of technology has, from the aesthetic point of view, two goals. First of all, it keeps the whole console clear, eliminating unnecessary buttons such as radio controls, and maintaining a nice and modern overall look. Second of all, it lures young buyers, often attracted by technology and for whom top-notch gadgets play a decisive role in the "choosing a car" process.
Leaving the touchscreen display aside, the car uses some plastic parts here and there but this doesn't affect too much the overall rating. The steering wheel, together with the magnesium steering paddles behind it and the metal pedals, perfectly match the sporty attitude boasted by the aggressive front. But again, there are some tiny inconveniences that could make some believe that Mitsu's engineers were in a hurry when sketching the interior lines.
Probably the best example when it comes to lack of... let's call it, imagination, is the AWC button placement. Positioned all alone (actually it's not all alone, as it is accompanied by two other fake plastic buttons) on the center console column, just near the stick shift, the AWC control lets the driver switch between Tarmac, Gravel and Snow, thus adjusting the setup for optimum performance.
Without stepping into the haters' corner and keeping the same positive attitude, let's presume that Mitsubishi's engineers actually thought that placing the button in that position was actually contributing to ergonomics. But really now, how often do you think it happens to change terrain and feel the need to modify the car's settings?Continue reading