We video test the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer GSR.
The GSR badge on the back of a Mitsubishi Lancer used to mean increased power and a lot more performance than a standard Lancer. But these days the GSR badge on a Lancer means serious value for money.
Underneath, the GSR has the same 115kW/201Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as other Lancers, hooked up to a CVT transmission. But with a standard RRP of $32,990 and regular offers that see it drop to just $26,990, the Lancer GSR packs a remarkable amount of equipment and style into its low entry price.
The GSR packs a 5 star safety rating, Bluetooth handsfree phone connectivity, 16-inch machine finished alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, a body kit and rear spoiler, privacy glass, keyless entry, climate control, LED daytime running lights and a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Of course, the Lancer GSR is also packed with safety features as well, and while its low price point sees it missing out on the latest and greatest safety tech, it still comes standard with electronic brake force distribution, seven airbags, a backing camera and three ISOfix child seat restraints in the back.
The GSR has a light, nimble feel to it through corners, with light, but responsive steering and impressive grip. It changes direction happily and is never anything less than predictable. Power isn’t its strong suit, but corners can definitely actually be fun.
The Lancer was recently treated to a mild facelift for the 2016 model year and the sleeker, softer new nose is a definite improvement over the previous version and helps keeps things fresh for the ageing sedan.
The Lancer GSR has a usefully sizeable boot for a car of this size, with 400 litres available, complimented by a well-shaped boot opening allowing for easy access.
In terms of value for money there is little that can touch the GSR in its segment. While it isn’t exactly cutting edge, they additions and tweaks Mitsubishi make to the Lancer own a regular basis keep it impressively up with the play.
For more information go to www.mmnz.co.nz/lancer