Dashboard, infotainment, sat-nav and passenger space

This is one of the areas where the Mitsubishi Evo X follows a similar theme to its predecessors: the cabin is large and comfortable, but seemingly developed after most of the budget was spent on the oilier parts and dynamics. There’s still a large amount of plastic that feels cheap to the touch, and it’s perhaps here more than anywhere that the Evo fails to live up to its premium German rivals.

Still, other boxes are ticked: the boot is of a reasonable size, there’s room for adults in the rear seats and although cabin plastics are no more than reasonable, they’re still better than an Impreza’s, and are seemingly well assembled.

The cabin is large, but the plastics are not up to the same standard as German rivals

The driving position is good, too. The nicely sized steering wheel could do with a wider range of adjustment, although it’s not disastrous for tall drivers. The standard Recaro front seats are excellent, although they might be a little tight for the larger driver, and the seat itself is a little too high. The major driving controls move with well-weighted precision; of particular note is the quality and accuracy of the automatic gearshift in SST-equipped models.

For a car that piles on speed so quickly it’s slightly odd that the speedo reads in 20mph increments. But the switchgear and other dials are clear and, on our test car, the comprehensive Rockford Fosgate music server and navigation system was easy to find your way around – and very loud with a 25cm subwoofer in the boot.