Used Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback (2008 - 2011) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 19 Jan 2016
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.

4 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    5 out of 5

The Lancer was one of the first models to undergo Euro NCAPs more stringent crash tests in 2009. The new overall rating covers not only adult occupant safety but includes child and pedestrian safety along with a rear impact whiplash test. It scored the maximum five stars and all models come with ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, seven airbags, electric anti-trapping windows, Isofix child seat mountings and three-point seatbelts with outer force limiters and pretensioners.

However, while traction and stability control is standard on GS3 and GS4 models it's not even an option on the base GS2.

4 out of 5


The previous Lancer model was largely reliable and despite the cheap-looking interior plastics, we expect this one to be just as tough. The 2.0 DI-D is a Volkswagen engine and has been well proven across the Volkswagen range as well as in SEAT, Audi and Skoda models.

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