Stay legal! This was our motto during the whole trip outside the city. Just stay legal, dude! Don't break any speed record! But it was so difficult that sometimes our eyes were more focused to spot any sign of red-blue flashing lights and less to prevent the obvious dangers. Anyway, we escaped unpunished but remember, driving the Lancer Sportback Ralliart without breaching the speed limit is close to impossible.
The engine feels great and getting the Lancer Sportback Ralliart outside the city is just like setting a beast free. This is where the 240 horsepower hidden underneath the hood test the driver in you.
First of all, the power generated by the engine is basically enough for all overtakes you want to do on country roads or highways without putting your life at risk at all. Left signal, steer left, accelerate (smile to the slower driver), right signal, steer right and you're done. It's actually a matter of seconds.
The comfort behind the wheel of the Lancer Sportback Ralliart is excellent for a car in its class. All seats, including those for the rear passengers, are fairly comfortable, and there's enough room even for taller guys (we've mentioned all interior dimensions above).
Fuel consumption is once again the main topic. A 2.0-liter engine with 240 horsepower plus a 6-speed twin-clutch transmission should help the car achieve, in Mitsubishi's imagination, a fuel consumption rating of 8.1 l/100km (29 mpg) in non-urban environments. Well, we beg to differ, not only because we enjoyed every second of hard acceleration, but because we couldn't go lower than 9.2 l/100km (25.5 mpg) in our very own "Sleeping" mode. On the highway, on the other hand, economy jumped up to 10 l/100km (23.5 mpg) with cruise control turned on and set at 130 km/h (80.7 mph).
We do liked the amount of space which, with the seats folded down, was more than impressive. A volume of 1319 liters should be enough to carry all your luggage when leaving in a journey around the world, a tent, a barbecue, a couple of dogs, your mother-in-law...Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Yup, I was right. I knew it from the moment you called and invited me to testdrive a Mitsubishi that I'm going to jump inside a freaking plane. God, the Jet Fighter grille looks much more frightening in reality, I've checked a bunch of photos on the Internet before coming here and I thought it's just a regular car but it's clear for me now that Ralliart is a little bit more than that.
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