Lancer 2.0 DI-D Juro 5-dr
that an Evo?
The mistake is
excusable (at least for the uninitiated)
does, at least from the front, rather
like Mitsus fire-breathing
IT'S THE EVO-ISH 'JET FIGHTER' nose fronting the Lancer's
chiselled flanks that does it. But any meaningful resemblance ends on the outside:
under the bonnet the Juro is at least one hundred and sixty wild horses short
of an Evo. And in the pounds department the kind you spend; not
the kind you weigh it's between 13,000 and 20,000 light
of Mitsubishi's fabled barnstormer.
That's not to say the Juro doesn't have a lot to recommend it. It does. For
a start you can put one on your drive for not much over £16K. And it's a sight
more economical twice as good, actually than an Evo; expect a
worst of around 42.1mpg (our hard-driven Juro's week-long test average). In
fact we'd expect most owners to better that officially it will return
44.8mpg in the combined cycle, 34 around the houses and as much as 55.4mpg on
long, fuel-maximising motorway runs.
the Juro the basic architecture is the same as the Evo's. Neat, logical dash
and decent seats that keep you in place along with a generous serving of 'kit'.
Driven hard or soft
it holds its line and rides
well on its 5-spoke
16-inch alloy wheels.
And driving with
the family aboard, it all
and secure exactly
how you want it...
This includes black leather upholstery, a very nifty Kenwood multi-media system
with SatNav and reversing camera, cruise control, multi-function leather-rimmed
steering wheel, manual AirCon (that does hot and cold with equal efficiency),
electrically-adjustable, heated and powerfold door mirrors (on demand and automatically
on locking), four one-shot up/down electric windows and seven airbags: front,
side, curtain and knee.
The five-door hatch version you can buy a four-door Lancer saloon, but
not in juro spec is also fitted with a rear wash/wipe. Such a seemingly
ordinary piece of equipment might not seem that desirable but its usefulness
cannot to be underestimated in bad weather; and this is the UK, after all.
Top of the list as far as 'stuff' goes has to be the Juro's high-end Kenwood
multimedia set-up. Touch-screen operation makes it a doddle to use to control
everything from the 3D Garmin navigation to the Parrot Bluetooth hands-free
phone connection. There's also iPod/USB connectivity, TMC tuner, DVD/CD playback
and FM/AM radio. Select reverse gear and the 6.95-inch monitor switches to a
crystal clear full colour display of what's behind as the rear-looking camera
electronically opens its single eye. And that really is a lot of kit for not
a lot of your money.
The 2.0 DI-D Juro is powered by a willing 1,968cc four-pot cranking out 138bhp
(versus the Evo's 290-354bhp) but being an oil-burner there's the hidden bonus
of torque; and plenty of it 228lb ft, to be exact, from 1,750rpm. On
the move you'll enjoy the lively 'grunt' from low-down spurred in second
and third, it feels especially nice and 'on the cam'. Paper figures are 0-62mph
in 9.6 seconds and a maximum speed of 127mph.
Combined with a smooth-changing manual shift, it makes for undemanding driving
given today's frequently traffic-choked roads, that's all you really
need. And it helps tremendously that the driver enjoys a first-rate driving
position made more comfortable by height-adjustable front seatbelts.
Handling-wise, the Lancer Juro sits in the shade of the Evo's fearsome rep;
but it's surprisingly puntable for a family car. There's a 'sporty' edge to
the chassis, with body roll well checked. The steering's fine, with decent turn-in,
and when the turbo's strutting its stuff you can have some fun.
hard or soft it holds its line and rides well on its 5-spoke, 16-inch alloy
wheels. And driving with the family aboard, it all stays shipshape and secure
exactly how you want it.
seating (so much
easier to wipe down
after the messy kids
and muddy dog
have jumped about in
the car!) adds to the
And then when you need to call a halt, the Juro stops without any fuss or drama
courtesy of disc brakes at each corner (vented at the front).
Also, to reduce the possibility of rear-end collisions, Mitsubishi have fitted
ESS Emergency Stop Signal. During sudden braking, ESS produces rapid
and automatic flashing of the hazard warning lamps to alert vehicles approaching
Family-friendly leather seating (so much easier to wipe down after the messy
kids and muddy dog have jumped about in the car!) adds to the Juro's practicality,
as too does the capacious accommodation front and back. Leg, knee and head room
are all good wherever you sit in this near-Mondeo-sized Lancer the Juro
is just 46mm (1.8 inches) narrower and 199mm (7.8 inches) shorter than Ford's
Good views out plus comfy side and central armrests ensure the rear cabin is
relaxing to travel in. And your passenger won't need to travel with their luggage
on their laps, either the boot is a decent size and made even more versatile
by an adjustable-height boot floor. Easy-release levers fold the 60:40 split
rear seats in one go, turning the 344-litre boot into a 1,349-litre loadbay.
In exceedingly well-equipped Juro guise, the latest iteration of the Lancer
hatchback makes a good fist of being the ideal family car. Better still, you
to drive 'dainty' to see 45+ to the gallon.
And along with its eye-catching price you also get those Evo-cative looks.
Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 DI-D Juro 5-dr | £16,399
Maximum speed: 127mph | 0-62mph: 9.6 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 138bhp | Torque: 228lb ft | CO2 165g/km