The Mitsubishi Lancer turned 45 years old in 2018 and remains one of the Japanese brand's most famous models.
That was helped in the 1990s, when the Mitsubishi Lancer enjoyed huge success in the world rallying championship (with Finnish driver Tommi Makkinen). The showroom version of the Lancer Evolution became hugely popular with keen drivers.
The future of Mitsubishi's small car is now in doubt, however, as the company focuses on SUVs. The current (CJ) generation is already more than 10 years old, having debuted in 2007 - with a hatchback body style replacing the wagon.
Spacious cabin, and especially practical in hatch form
Long warranty (and transferrable)
Solid 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and good CVT auto
Reputation for reliability
Cheap, dull-looking interior
Road noise can be loud on typical coarse surfaces
Curtain airbags not fitted to pre-2010 models
10-year powertrain warranty not transferable
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.