Used Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback (2008 - 2011) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 19 Jan 2016
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While the Evo models tend to grab the headlines, Mitsubishi is also keen to attract family buyers who are looking for practicality and value for money, rather than outright performance. The result is the Lancer Sportback - a five-door hatchback based on the saloon.

3 out of 5

Comfort

Neither engine is especially quiet - the diesel clatters on start-up while the petrol has to be revved hard to pick up pace and is excessively noisy. Opting for the CVT automatic makes this even worse as the engine spends most of its time at high revs. On the plus side, wind noise is kept to a minimum and the cabin is comfortable with well-padded seats.

Rear legroom is adequate, although taller passengers may find it a squeeze for head room.

3 out of 5

Practicality

It may be a hatch but the Lancer Sportback actually has less luggage space than the saloon model, with 344 litres - about the same as a VW Golf. However, thanks to the bulbous rear end the boot has a wide opening while there's a clever two-level boot floor. Leaving it down increases the boot capacity, but in its higher position it provides a flat floor when the rear seats are folded down - making it easy to load heavy or large objects, plus there's extra storage underneath.

Folding the rear seats down is very simple too - just pull a handle in the boot and the seat backs drop down automatically.

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2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

While the design of the cabin is neat with well laid out controls and an easy to use stereo, it's quite dull with hard plastics used throughout. It feels dated and lacks the sophistication and finesse of other family cars. Build quality is good and the interior certainly feels solid, however the finish isn't great with some flimsy switches. The driving position is pretty good, but the lack of reach adjustment on the steering is annoying and means it can take a while to get comfortable.

Rear visibility is poor too - hampered by the thick pillars and narrow rear windscreen.