The saloon has a much more limited range of engines than the hatchback, with only a 1.8-litre unit available. Sadly, the 1.8 isn’t very quick, especially with the optional auto gearbox, although it is fairly quiet at motorway speeds.
Mitsubishi Lancer Saloon ride & handling
The Lancer is an easy car to drive, if not a particularly entertaining one. There's a decent amount of grip, but the steering is too light in bends and the body leans over more than it should. This wouldn't be so bad if the Lancer had a cosseting ride, but it doesn't - you'll be jiggled around in your seat at most speeds.
Mitsubishi Lancer Saloon refinement
Wind noise isn't too much of an issue, but the Lancer's cabin is far from peaceful, with plenty of road noise, even at low speeds. The engine is the biggest annoyance, though, as the 1.8 - especially when combined with the CVT gearbox - sounds wheezy and overstrained.