Used Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Evo X (2008 - 2014) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
4.5
The Mitsubishi Evo has built up a cult following as a rally-bred performance car capable of astonishing acceleration and superb handling. The tenth incarnation, or X as Mitsubishi badges it, builds on this reputation but adds some much needed refinement and comfort.

3 out of 5

Comfort

The previous Evo models had a reputation for uncompromising performance - unfortunately at the expense of comfort. But this is an area Mitsubishi has clearly focussed on. The ride is a huge improvement - it is still firm but doesn't crash or jolt and no longer fidgets over rough roads. The balance is just right because while the Evo X is composed enough to use everyday, it still feels like a performance car.

The Recaro sports seats are very supportive, but can become uncomfortable on long journeys however noise levels are low and the driving position spot on.

3 out of 5

Practicality

Rear passenger space is fairly generous in the Evo and the seats are comfortable, but the 400-litre boot doesn't seem as big as the figures suggest. Not only is it shallow but the opening isn't particularly big - annoyingly you can only open it using the key fob or a lever by the driver's seat. There's no handle on the inside either, so you end up getting dirty hands every time you close it.

The Rockford Fosgate audio system, which comes as standard on the GSR model, includes a subwoofer in the boot which takes up even more room and with no split-fold option on the rear seats practicality is limited. Stowage is average in the front with two central cupholders and decent door pockets.

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2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

If Mitsubishi was aiming for a premium feel in the latest Evo then it's missed the target. It's well put together and the deep-set instrument dials looks stylish while the three-spoke steering wheel is good to hold, but the plastics don't look particularly upmarket and some of the switchgear seems a little cheap. The design is far from inspiring either and potential buyers used to the luxury of a BMW or Audi won't be impressed.

The sat nav system works well but it looks a little aftermarket and isn't as slick as manufacturer-based systems.