Used Mitsubishi Galant Estate 1997 - 2003 review

Category: Estate car

The Mitsubishi Galant offers reliable family transport that's cheap to buy and run

Mitsubishi Galant Estate (97 - 03)
  • Mitsubishi Galant Estate (97 - 03)
  • Mitsubishi Galant Estate (97 - 03)
Used Mitsubishi Galant Estate 1997 - 2003 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

What's the used Mitsubishi Galant estate like?

With its aggressive styling, the Mitsubishi Galant certainly looks a lot different to the established crowd. It's not bad to drive, but it's by no means the best car of its generation - a Passat is better on almost every count. However, the Galant is much cheaper.

That said, the Galant handles reasonably well and cruises smoothly on the motorway. The only major complaint is that it rides a bit too firmly around town.


The Mitsubishi Galant offers reliable family transport that's cheap to buy and run

  • It has a practical boot as well as powerful, frugal engines
  • All models are well-equipped
  • Dull interior, firm ride and too much road noise

The cabin is undoubtedly a weak point, too, because of some cheap-looking materials and a shortage of space in the rear seats. However, the boot is big and practical, you get a lot of equipment for a little cash, and reliability is superb.

Ownership cost

What used Mitsubishi Galant estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mitsubishi Galant estate?

In comparison to the Vectras and Passats of the day, you'll be quids in. Few come as cheap as the Galant, especially when you consider how much car you'll get for how little cash.

Residual values were awful when the car was new, and while this made it unpopular, it now makes the Galant a brilliant used buy.

Servicing will prove a bit costlier than it will for Vectra or Passat owners, but there's not a lot in it. You'll spend less time at the garage, thanks to the Galant's bullet-proof reliability - very little is likely to go wrong.

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Which used Mitsubishi Galant estate should I buy?

The 2.0-litre GLS is the best engine. It has a healthy 134bhp and copes well with the extra weight of the estate over the saloon. Performance is reasonable and you'll get a competitive average fuel consumption of around 34.0mpg.

The saloon's excellent equipment list is carried over to the estate, so you'll get alloy wheels, twin front airbags, sunroof, remote central locking alarm, cruise control and four electric windows as standard.

The only other choice you have is the 2.5-litre V6. It's a bit disappointing as a sporty model because it's only a second quicker to 60mph than the 2.0-litre. That said, you don't lose too much in the way of fuel economy, because you'll still get 31.0mpg.

What you do gain with the V6, though, is more kit. On top of GLS trim you get air-conditioning, side airbags and a CD changer.

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