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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Materials have decent texture, but they're mostly hard plastics
Rattles like an empty Danish cookie tin
Cabin decor is solid enough, but cost-cutting is evident in many places
decent trunk space and folding rear seats
Both the Ralliart and the Evolution are quite roomy and practically arranged inside. They're reasonably comfortable, versatile daily drivers, thanks to decent backseat space, a big trunk, and 60/40-split backseats that fold forward in any of the models.
When first sitting in the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, drivers and front passengers will notice that Recaro racing seats provide excellent comfort and support.
The Sportback is especially useful as the hatch allows just a little extra cargo flexibility. "It’s no Buick Estate Wagon back there, but the loading hole is large, and there’s room for bulky items with the seats folded," notes Car and Driver. Edmunds isn't overly impressed, saying that it "gains an additional 40 percent of trunk space over the sedan, but much of that space is cannibalized by the aggressively raked hatch."
And while the cabin isn't too bad in basic design, it's disappointing in the details. With a proliferation of hollow, hard plastics—and some of the same pieces and panels from the $15,000 Lancer—it's a letdown in a $28,000 Ralliart, let alone in a $44,000 loaded Evolution. Edmunds notices that while at first the interior looks good, up close it's "rife with hard plastic surfaces" that are textured to give the impression of being soft-touch when they're not. ConsumerGuide also takes exception with the "grained hard plastic bathing virtually every interior surface." TheCarConnection.com notices that Mitsubishi makes great strides from the old Lancer Evolution, and Automobile Magazine praises certain parts of the interior as having "gone decidedly upmarket."
Jalopnik sums that the Ralliart "trades many of the Evo's all-out race compromises for a larger dose of convenience and comfort."
Road noise and ride comfort are complaints from quite a few reviewers in various forms. 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. Edmunds says, "Potholes can be jarring, and on heavily traveled highways, even a slight washboard surface can quickly become intolerable." The same reviewer points out the prominence of road noise, "filling the cabin with a constant low rumbling."
The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Ralliart have a reasonably comfortable interior, but lack the refinement, comfort, and pleasing materials expected in vehicles of this price range.