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Mitsubishi Lancer Saloon running costs and reliability

2005 - 2008 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 33 - 41 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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Competitively priced with great equipment levels, Lancer is sold in fairly low volumes and Mitsubishi’s brand image helps to keep used values higher than that of its Korean-built rivals. Mitsubishi’s reputation for high dependability should keep repair costs down, but servicing is steep and fuel consumption figures are not helped by the absence of a diesel alternative.

Understandably, Sport models are dearer to insure, though insurance groups are moderate overall – and much more affordable than Lancer EVO IX.

Lancer performs reasonably on the eco front. With an average of 181 g/km CO2 across the line-up, its emissions are quite low for a small family saloon. It’s worth noting that the line-up does not feature any diesel models, which typically produce less carbon dioxide than petrol engines with similar power outputs. The range is not particularly economical, averaging 37 mpg.

Lancer’s trump card, as Mitsubishi are renowned for building vehicles of a high quality and this one’s no different. Reports of mechanical faults are rare, so calls to the recovery service should be few and far between, too.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £240 - £365
Insurance group 22 - 27
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