Mitsubishi Sigma Wagon
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 1
The downsizing trend which Mitsubishi exploited and
increased with their wildly successful Sigma inevitably
made itself felt in the wagon market. The GL and SE
Sigma fours proved strong competition for such stalwarts
as the Toyota Corona and the Datsun 200B.
The GL wagon
was available with a 2.0-litre Astron engine which
could be equipped with a four or five-speed manual
or three-speed automatic, or with the 2-6-litre Astron
which was available as a four-speed manual or a three-speed
These engines proved to be reliable, gutsy,
and economic performers, and combined with the electronic
ignition they quickly garnered a well deserved reputation
for durability. Figures of 9.5 litres/ 100 km are attainable.
in all models was by front MacPherson strut with coil
springs, double-action hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers,
and anti-sway bar.
The rear suspension
was by four
link coils with the same shock absorbers, this at a
time when most wagons had a leaf spring arrangement
at the rear.
The company's decision to retain sedan suspension
produced a better ride than would otherwise
be the case, without inhibiting the wagons carrying
capacity. Braking was by front discs and rear drums,
fitted with a pressure. sensitive proportioning valve.
was via a variable ratio ball-and-nut system which,
though suitable for normal suburban use, still suffered
the then almost-traditional Japanese understeer and
straight. ahead vagueness.
Generally the Sigma Wagons
cornered and pointed well, rode comfortably, and within
their limits were pleasant enough cars to live with
on a day to day basis. Equipment levels were of course
higher on the top-of-the line SE. Among its standard
features, which were not available on the GL, were halogen
headlamps, tinted glass, and tachometer.
on the SE, but optional on the GL, were laminated screen
and metallic spray. Standard on both vehicles were
an adjustable steering
column, boot light, rear wash/wipe
and hazard warning lights. Optional on both were alloy wheels
, cassette player, sun roof, and air-conditioning.
Sigma wagons looked good, the cargo space was generous
for a four-cylinder vehicle, particularly when the
rear seats were folded flat, and access was easy through
the wide-opening tailgate. The high noise level associated
with wagons was also significantly reduced, and like
its sedan stable-mates, the GL and SE wagons were undeniably
great value for money.