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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2003. - 2005.
C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2000. - 2007.
C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door
front

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4415 mm
1740 mm
1440 mm
401 liters
401 liters
50 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4480 mm
1695 mm
1480 mm
430 liters
430 liters
50 liters
2003 Subaru Impreza
2000 Mitsubishi Lancer

Engine

Subaru
2.0 EJ207
Petrol
4 - Boxer, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1994 cc
265 hp
343 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mitsubishi
2.0 Sirius 4G63
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1997 cc
136 hp
180 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1425 kg
5.5 s
244 km/h
15.5 l/100km
8.5 l/100km
11.1 l/100km
265 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1205 kg
9.6 s
204 km/h
8.4 l/100km
6.7 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
185 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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g/km
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Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

2500 EUR
Price from
1400 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Small family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (4 x 4 for the Subaru and front in the case of the Mitsubishi). The first one has a Subaru-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 265hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp engine designed by Mitsubishi.

Safety

The fact that the Mitsubishi got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, doesn't actually do much for it, as it's still a lousy 2-star coffin on wheels. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, Impreza offers a considerable difference of 18% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Subaru with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Mitsubishi badge with 4.6 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Impreza as average reliability-wise, and Lancer is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as Impreza rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Subaru is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 4.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 244 kilometers per hour, 40km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be Lancer, averaging around 7.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (38 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 50% difference compared to Impreza!


Verdict

Mitsubishi appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Impreza offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Subaru outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Mitsubishi. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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