Expect expensive road tax for the high-emission 1.8-litre petrol engine and frequent trips to refuel. It’s pretty thirsty, returning just 37mpg, compared to the diesel’s 45mpg – although neither is especially frugal for a car of this size. Go for the diesel if running costs are a concern, but be aware that the lower bills will take a while to compensate for the higher price tag.
Insurance ratings are competitive, while servicing needs to be undertaken annually or every 12,500 miles. An affordable three-year servicing package is also offered.
The diesel is the better choice for eco-conscious buyers. It emits 165g/km of CO2 and returns 45mpg, but this isn't particularly impressive compared to other family cars like the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf.
The previous Lancer model was largely reliable and despite the cheap-looking interior plastics, we expect this one to be just as tough. The 2.0 DI-D is a Volkswagen engine and has been well proven across the Volkswagen range as well as in SEAT, Audi and Skoda models.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,322 - £1,663 *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,353 - £1,353 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.5 Petrol||153 g/km (Min)||£200|
|1.8 Petrol||188 g/km (Max)||£300|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||
£200 - £300
See tax rates for all versions
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.