Our cars update: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

* Love-hate relationship * Small things grate * Twisty roads bring it to life...

Our cars update: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

Car tested Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ-300 GSR SST
List price 32,349
Target price 32,349
Run by Barnaby Jones, Deputy production editor
Tested for Four months/8300 miles

I have a love-hate relationship with my Evo. I love it when its scything through corners and blasting out of them, but I hate it when Im driving it slowly, or when I look at the fuel range.

Its frustrating, because the Evo is easy to live with. Yes, the rides firm and its noisy over coarse surfaces, but its bearable. Theres plenty of room inside, so taking people out in it isnt a problem.

No, its the smaller things that grate. Our SST versions semi-auto gearbox takes an age to get the car moving away from a standstill theres lots of revs and noise, but not a lot of motion. It can make entering busy roads and roundabouts frustrating at best and decidedly hairy at worst. The large turning circle is a pain when manoeuvring, too.

Still, all it takes is a twisty road and all is right in the world of Evo ownership. Even the box comes into its own: the wheel-mounted paddles mean you can keep both hands on the wheel when changing gear. If only the fuel range was more than 200 miles.

All this hard cornering has taken its toll on the tyres, too. Still, I reckon theres enough tread left for a track day. Plus, there are lots of corners on a racetrack.