Lancer 1.5 SE 4-door
at a very reasonable £12,499,
new Lancer 1.5 SE
cheap to run and excellent value
for money, and comes with a high
specification and stylish looks...
THIS IS NO STRIPPED OUT, low specification model. It has four electric windows,
central door locking, alarm, air conditioning and a good multi-speaker sound
system plus an on-board computer, 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, side,
curtain and driver's knee airbags, Bluetooth connectivity and steering
wheel audio controls.
The four/five-seater model with a large boot and folding rear seats is sure
to appeal to business user-choosers wanting to keep their Benefit-in-Kind tax
penalties as low as possible as well as bargain-hunting retail buyers wanting
a good value, relatively fuel efficient and well equipped and stylish car.
The Lancer was first introduced to the UK in 1974 and during that time it has,
through its various generations, been the model that Mitsubishi has used for
their world and national rallying activities. Today's Lancer sits between the
C-segment (Focus/Astra/Golf size) and the D-sector, (Mondeo/Insignia/Passat)
so it is more about being suitable for modern family and business use than emulating
past World Rally Championship successes.
The newcomer is the same core car as Mitsubishi's famous Evolution X saloon
models and we know that the new global platform used for the ninth generation
Lancers is inherently very capable and very strong.
The latest Lancer is the largest and heaviest ever. The Lancer saloon is 4,570mm
long, 1,760mm wide and weighs, depending on the model, between 1,250 and 1,450kg.
Engine choices are 1.5 and 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre DI-D diesel. Selling
alongside the saloons is the five-door Sportback hatch. These are a little longer
(4,585mm) and weigh up to 1,595kg, with 1.5, 1.8, 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre
DI-D diesel engines. Sportback prices start at £14,499. In addition to these,
there is the latest all-wheel drive Lancer Evolution X saloon range with 2.0-litre
turbocharged petrol engines and power outputs ranging from 300 to 400bhp. Prices
for these start at £29,499 and top-out at £51,499.
But this review, reflecting on the economic situation, is focussed on value-for-money
in the form of the four-door Lancer saloon in 1.5-litre SE specification. A
new car of this size with all the equipment listed above for just £12,499 is
just right for today's cash-conscious market.
Add in the value of Mitsubishi's three-year unlimited mileage cover and their
three-year, 37,500-mile Service Plan (which costs just £275), and it's clear
that this model deserves to be taken seriously.
the price of fuel escalating yet again, constant traffic congestion and speed
cameras continuing to slow our progress, outright performance is becoming less
and less important. The Lancer's 1.5-litre engine produces 107bhp and 105lb
ft of torque, giving it a top speed of 119mph and 0-62mph acceleration of 11.6
seconds it feels slower, but does that really matter? The engine can
be noisy under hard acceleration and at higher cruising speeds; a six-speed
gearbox rather than a five-speed unit would help this and also further improve
fuel economy, but then the car would become more expensive.
cheap to run and
a roomy and
got onto the subject of fuel consumption, my test car returned 40.8mpg for the
week-long test period; pretty impressive for a hard-worked petrol unit. Officially,
this engine in this body type should return 44.1mpg so I was pretty happy with
my test result. The CO2 emissions are relatively high at 153g/km so the road
tax costs £150 a year and for company car drivers the Benefit-in-Kind tax is
18%. Having said that, it is still one of the least costly Lancers to buy, run
and tax and that includes the diesel versions.
So running costs are good, specification for the price is exceptional, the styling
is smart, the traditional Lancer huge rear spoiler is not included in the SE
specification so rear visibility is much improved, the car is roomy and has
a big boot. It looks like a win-win product.
Unfortunately not; there are some drawbacks. The noise intrusion from the tyres
is really pretty bad, the engine can sound stressed and some of the plastic
interior trim looks cheap. Ride comfort is generally good but the suspension
provides what I can only describe as a 'jiggly' ride and potholes unsettle the
car's composure. But the Lancer saloon is well balanced with a weighty feel
to the front-end and this provides good and predictable cornering grip.
In conclusion, the price is right, the equipment levels first class, it looks
attractive, it's roomy and comfortable and has a long warranty with the option
of a financially attractive Service Plan. It's also cheap to run (other Lancers
are not) and so I think most real-life buyers might overlook the negative issues.
Not convinced? Then consider the Scrappage Scheme offer: £10,499 for this Lancer
Saloon 1.5 SE looks even better.
Mitsubishi Lancer 1.5 SE 4-door | £12,499
Maximum speed: 119mph | 0-62mph: 11.6 seconds | Overall MPG: 40.8mpg
Power: 107bhp | Torque: 105lb ft | CO2 153g/km | Insurance group 5