What is it?
A Mitsubishi Lancer, but not as you know it. The name conjures up images of turbocharged rally specials, four-wheel drifting through muddy forests. It does not conjure up images of a sensible family car, which is exactly what this 2.0-litre diesel model is.
What’s it like?
A good value, frugal and relatively well equipped family saloon. That it bears more than a passing physical resemblance to the super-heated 300bhp Evo X is a pleasant bonus.
Unfortunately, The Evo DNA is less evident on the road. The VW-sourced diesel is far more refined than it is in the Outlander soft-roader. It feels less peaky too, presumably a result of the Lancer’s commendably slender 1450kg kerb weight (a similarly powered Mondeo weighs 165kg more).
The 1968cc pump-duse unit is still a rattly old thing compared to the best common-rail units, though. It also feels a touch breathless when extended, although the 228lb ft of torque available from just 1750rpm mitigates against the need to stretch the engine out of its comfort zone.