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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

The 96bhp 1.6 petrol unit – available with five-speed manual transmission as standard or an optional four-speed automatic ‘box – has a 0-62mph time of 11.8 seconds and achieves a top speed of 114mph. The top of the range 2.0-litre Sport – originally exclusive to estate models, but introduced to the saloon range in mid-2006 – is 37bhp stronger and capable of 127mph.

Disappointingly, the range is restricted by the absence of a diesel option.

Although it’s not class leading, Lancer handles well and Sport models are particularly nimble, powering through corners without losing grip. Traction is not a problem on basic models either, as Lancer hugs the tarmac and bodyroll is kept in check. Power steering is standard, as you should expect for a car in this class, which makes light work of parking and driving around town.