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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback (08-11) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Well equipped, decent handling, Volkswagen-sourced diesel engine

CONS

Ugly rear end styling, plasticky interior, poor petrol engine performance, dull to drive

At a glance

New price £14,804 - £19,554
Used price £845 - £3,810
Fuel economy 34 - 45 mpg
Road tax cost £200 - £300
Insurance group 14 - 21 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Well equipped, decent handling, Volkswagen-sourced diesel engine

CONS

Ugly rear end styling, plasticky interior, poor petrol engine performance, dull to drive

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback rivals

While the Evo models tend to grab the headlines, Mitsubishi is also keen to attract family buyers who are looking for practicality and value for money, rather than outright performance. The result is the Lancer Sportback - a five-door hatchback based on the saloon. It shares the same front-end styling as its high powered Evo X counterpart, but that's where the good looks end.

The rear is bulbous and ugly from every angle while the interior is plasticky and has a budget feel to it. On the plus side it is comfortable to drive, has good passenger space and a decent boot. Standard equipment is generous too with all models getting air conditioning, cruise control and electric windows. There are only two engines available, but it's the 2.0-litre diesel, borrowed from Volkswagen, which is easily the better choice.

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback rivals

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