Joel Helmes reviews the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer.
In recent months I have driven pretty much every car in the Mitsubishi range and there’s one thing that really stands out and that’s just how consistent the Mitsubishi range is.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer is a perfect example of this, it’s not really a stand out car vehicle, but I’m sure it will deliver years of happy, stress free motoring.
I’ve had the keys to a mid-spec VRX Lancer powered by a 2.4 litre petrol engine mated to a six speed auto gearbox.
The VRX is a four door sedan with a rear hatch and it’s dressed up with 18 inch alloys, rear spoiler and fog lamps.
It’s a good looking car.
Inside you will find leather interior and extra little touches including front seat warmers and a rear reversing camera mounted in the rear view mirror.
As with all the other Mitsubishi models the interior is well designed and thought out.
The controls for the air-conditioning and stereo are simple, well placed and easy to use – which is just how I like it!
Overall it has a “tried and tested” kind of feel about it.
On the road the Lancer’s steering, brakes and suspension all get a pass mark.
I thought however that the petrol engine might have a little more get up and go, especially down low in the rev range.
It takes a good second or two to get the engine interested but once the revs are up there’s plenty of power to overtake and propel you down the highway.
Fuel consumption was pretty good at about 10 litres in the city and 7 on the highway, and the Lancer comes with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
The Lancer VRX auto starts at $33,490 which is probably a touch too much, but it’s generally a well built, comfortable and capable car.