Mitsubishi's cheaper Lancer

* New entry-level Lancer * 1.5-litre petrol engine * Costs 12,704...

Mitsubishi's cheaper Lancer

Mitubishi's Lancer saloon now costs less than some superminis.

The new entry-level Lancer 1.5 SE costs 12,704, which undercuts many superminis, including our favourite version of the Ford Fiesta.

Unlike a supermini, however, the Lancer is a spacious saloon that's taller and longer than a BMW 3 Series.

Standard equipment for the new Lancer is comprehensive, and includes:

• Seven airbags (including a driver's knee airbag)
• Air-conditioning
• 16-inch alloy wheels
• Bluetooth
• Front foglights
• MP3 player input socket
• An alarm
• Metallic paint

New 1.5-litre petrol engine
The 1.5 SE is 3175 cheaper than the previous entry-level Lancer 1.8 GS3, and more efficient, too. It achieves an average of 42.8mpg rather than 36.7mpg, and CO2 emissions are trimmed to 156g/km 32g/km lower than the 1.8 GS3's.

The drop in CO2 cuts company car tax from the 1.8 G S3's 25% to 19% for the 1.5 SE.

A three-year unlimited mileage warranty comes as standard, and a Mitsubishi Service Plan, which covers the first three scheduled services, can be added for 275.

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