Comfort and Quality » 6
QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Rattles like an empty Danish cookie tin
Rides better than before
Rear riders might feel cramped
Comfort and quality are not the biggest selling points on the new 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, but neither are they going to send many car enthusiasts looking elsewhere.
When first sitting in the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, drivers and front passengers will notice that Recaro racing seats provide excellent comfort and support. They do little, however, to atone for the lack of other basic comfort features. Motor Trend notes that "the stiff chassis tuning and lack of sound-deadening lay siege to the senses," and many reviewers find the car to be very unforgiving on long drives.
On the track or over smooth roads, comfort is not as much of an issue, but the 2008 Lancer Evolution will rattle constantly on anything other than pristine pavement. Despite this, reviewers at Motor Trend still feel willing to "give up a better interior for a car that...performs better, looks better, and has a distinct personality."
Interior quality was panned by some reviewers. ConsumerGuide takes exception with the "grained hard plastic bathing virtually every interior surface." TheCarConnection.com did notice that Mitsubishi has made great strides from the old Lancer Evolution, and Automobile praises certain parts of the interior as having "gone decidedly upmarket."
TheCarConnection.com’s racetrack and on-road experience in the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is similar to that of other publications. The interior is remarkably similar to that of the Lancer, a car that starts around $14,000 (less than half the Evo's price), which is to say a bit cheap-feeling for a car that's well into the thirties. But a sportier front-seat design helps hold you in place, some improved trim helps cheer it up, and the backseat is actually spacious enough for small adults. The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's ride is reasonably smooth, but the cabin can be very loud--especially on coarse pavement.
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X offers a rough ride and can be a bit hard on the everyday driver. Interior quality is nothing to brag about, but receives high marks for functionality and Mitsubishi's attempt to bring it upscale.