Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport.
They say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, usually a reference to something you may underestimate. This idiom applies to the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport but much in the opposite sense.
On the outside it looks as the name suggests, sporty. With the familiar Lancer shape, spoiler and side skirts you expect a certain panache from this offering. But sadly, this is one instance where the outside doesn’t match the inside when it comes to performance.
Under the bonnet of the Mitsubishi Lancer is a 2.0 litre petrol engine with delivers 110kW and 197Nm which is by no means substantial. Acceleration is rather docile, to say the least, and doesn’t put out the power you’d expect.
The transmission also seems to arrest itself each time you accelerate not allowing the car to just roll along. Once the car actually gets going though it is a very pleasant drive. It cruises smoothly and really wants to go. This in addition to the light steering makes the Lancer easy to drive. Gear shifter is smooth and handling is reasonable.
I managed between 8 and 9 litres per 100km during the week (the fuel economy gauge isn’t as precise as other cars).
The interior is average, nothing to write home about but still clean and functional. Instrument panel is clear and simple, the stereo is a basic monochromatic unit and the A/C controls consist of three dials which are a little ‘clicky’ to turn.
The steering wheel controls are flush and navigating the audio, phone and cruise control is straightforward.
The USB connection makes its home in the glove box and took me a while to locate and connect my iPod. Even once it was hooked up it took an eternity to detect and play.
The black interior has good fit and the black fabric seats are comfortable but is overall uninspired.
The rear seats can fold down but the release latches are unusually located towards the centre and not near the door where it would be more convenient.
As mentioned, the Lancer possesses a rear spoiler which is always going to impede some visibility but the wing on this one in particular was especially thick and chunky obscuring a lot of the rear view.
The Lancer ES Sport is not what you expect but is still a decent drive. In all fairness the ES is the base model in the Lancer range but the body kit they’ve thrown on makes it rather misleading.
Prices for the Lancer ES start at $20,990 or you can get it in manual for $18,990.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport
Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 110kW and 197Nm
Transmission: CVT Auto
Warranty: 5 year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $20,990