Lancer Juro 2.0 DI-D 5-dr
Lancer Juro is aimed
squarely at todays
customers who still want a high
level of specification in their cars,
but at a budget price and it hits
WHAT JURO MEANS I'VE NO IDEA; it's not a miss-spelt 'Jura',
as in the mountains between France, Switzerland and Germany or a Scottish island,
so a new word 'Juro-sity' is perhaps fitting when the generous
price and specification are considered.
The latest, tenth generation, Mitsubishi Lancer has two Juro versions [appropriately,
in Japanese 'Juro' means both tenth son and longevity Ed] added
to the five-door hatchback line-up: a 1.5-litre petrol model costing just £14,749
and a 2.0-litre DI-D diesel model priced at £16,399.
Other Lancer hatchbacks in the range cost between £15,199 and £22,149. The less
popular Lancer four-door saloons, with no Juro versions available, cost £16,784
to £19,784 and the iconic Lancer Evolution versions FQ-300, FQ-330
and FQ-360 (290/324/354bhp) versions cost between £29,669 and an eye-watering
five-door Lancer is a smart but sporty looking family hatchback, similar in
size to the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and VW Golf but it feels
roomier. And the Juro models are thousands of pounds cheaper.
The five-door Lancer is
a smart but sporty
looking family hatchback,
similar in size to the Ford
Focus, Vauxhall Astra
and VW Golf but it
And the Juro models are
thousands of pounds
The Juro's standard 'kit' even includes a Kenwood integrated satellite navigation
and sound system complete with reversing camera and leather upholstery.
And there's a lot more besides: 16-inch alloy wheels, AirCon, cruise control,
front fogs, remote audio controls on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, four
power windows, electrically-operated, heated and folding door mirrors, iPod
socket, Bluetooth, front, side and curtain airbags, braking assist and Emergency
Stop Signal system and a very smart (and highly noticeable) colour-coded rear
tailgate spoiler. Even metallic or pearlescent paint finishes are no-cost options,
saving you £385.
just driven the 2.0-litre DI-D turbodiesel Juro which, given the amount of 'kit',
costs a very reasonable £16,399. However, even with the latest Mitsubishi global
platform (also found underpinning the brand's Outlander and ASX SUVs), the tenth-gen
Lancer is not as sharp in the handling department as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall
Astra or VW Golf but it is noticeably roomier.
Over our second-rate road surfaces the handling is unsettled and the tyre noise
intrusion is too high. That said, the suspension is tuned for comfort. Through
its stablemate high-performance Evo road and rally cars we know that the latest
Lancer is inherently sound and well engineered, but for most real-life Juro
customers the softer settings will be more than acceptable, especially as they
are surrounded by the highest level of interior specification all parcelled
up with good modern exterior looks.
The interior design is simple and the cabin well equipped. Some of the plastic
trim used for the dashboard and centre console looks a bit low-rent but being
from Mitsubishi you can be sure it will be very durable. The buttons on the
Kenwood multimedia nav/sound system are so tiny they are really difficult to
use although the touch-screen operation gets around this.
Also on a practical note, the 60:40 split/folding rear seats and large rear
tailgate make it a versatile passenger and load carrier. And, importantly, legroom
in the rear of the Lancer is better than most in this sector.
the Lancer Juro looks really very smart with its family 'jet fighter' grille,
which extends from the chunky bonnet right down and into the under-bumper. At
the rear, the large tailgate has an aerodynamic-looking rear spoiler which adds
to the classy visual appeal.
44.8mpg is the official
Combined Cycle figure
and my test car easily
achieved that and
47.7mpg over a weeks
driving on all types of
roads, from motorways
to urban crawls...
The 2.0-litre DI-D turbodiesel (with intercooler) is sourced from Volkswagen
and mated with a six-speed manual gearbox. Although Mitsubishi
famous for developing direct injection technologies for both petrol and diesel
engines has tweaked this unit, it's not perfect for refinement.
With 138bhp of power and 228lb ft of torque on call from 1,750rpm, the engine
is relatively 'old-school' and not in keeping with the smoothness offered by
'younger' direct injection common-rail engines.
Compared to them it's noisy, sounds harsh and lacks mechanical polish. That
noted, it's also pretty fast and accelerates briskly. However, despite its low-down
torque it's relatively easy to stall because of its very high 18:1 compression
ratio. Mitsubishi already have their own new-generation 1.8-litre DI-D diesel
engine with variable valve timing which is both more potent and more refined;
currently it's powering the ASX SUV range so in due course the Lancer will,
hopefully, receive this powerplant instead.
What is likeable about the VW unit is its fuel efficiency: 44.8mpg is the official
Combined Cycle figure and my test car easily achieved that and more, returning
47.7mpg over a week's driving on all types of roads, from motorways to urban
While its 165g/km CO2 emissions are higher than is usual with more modern engines
(and incurs £165 in VED road tax charges and 25% BIK company car tax), the Lancer
Juro does come with a generously high specification, is roomy and generally
comfortable and also represents value for money. Yes, the ride can be unsettled
and fidgety with road noise intrusion but the Juro model does look very smart.
For most retail buyers, I think the combined benefits of a high specification
bundled with a low purchase price and good fuel economy will just about outweigh
the higher tax figures. If it's a case of a lower purchase price, but with the
comprehensive Juro 'kit', the £14,749 lower performance 1.5-litre petrol model
looks an even better buy. David Miles
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