The Mitsubishi ASX is yet another compact SUV and it comes with a choice of either a petrol and turbo-diesel engines. We would generally say that it’s a good mix of 2 other popular Mitsubishi models – the Outlander and the Lancer and it fits neatly into this segment that has recently been drumming up a lot of demand. The car has recently been updated with softer and more flowing lines to up its appeal. It also sports a new rear bumper.
The standard kit includes 16-inch alloys, climate control, cruise control and an audio system with both auxiliary and USB inputs. Some optional features include the convenience pack – adding on Bluetooth, reverse sensors and chrome exhaust (standard if you pick the all wheel drive option). Going up to the Aspire trim gets you 17-inch alloys, privacy glass, keyless entry and start, more chrome and leather, smart headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers, heated seats, power driver seat and centre armrest with cupholders as well as the Mitsubishi’s Multi-Communication System which is pretty much all your connectivity for sat nav, bluetooth and all that.
The ASX scores 5 stars on the ANCAP safety rating scale.
The ASX gave us a pretty good drive – absorbing bumps and going round corners pretty well. Steering was direct although there is a bit of torque feedback and steer that happens from time to time. Keeping at low speeds works well for the car and the engine is responsive enough. If the car is loaded up though, there’s a bit of a rasp from under the hood when you’re trying to move off and it will get noisy in the cabin. Also, you most definitely are not going to see very attractive fuel consumption numbers if you’re used to faster starts.
You’ll get a good view from the driver’s seat though. The seats are mounted nice and high, even for the seats at the back too, so you won’t have any complaints from the backseat passengers either.
We would actually love to have an additional gear from the five-speed manual gearbox but the ASX performs well enough for everyday driving. Again at higher speeds or on the highway the car might continue to struggle so don’t say we didn’t warn you when you try and overtake people.
Again, the view and comfort for passengers ranks well in our books. There are lots of adjustment options and the seats are pretty plush. Space and legroom is generous too. We felt a bit conflicted though because there’s still enough presence of hard plastics in the cabin to be a bit off-putting
Boot space is at 416 litres – not the biggest, but more than enough to put a folded stroller in there and get the groceries done. With the 60:40 split-fold rear seats down, you’ll get up to 1193 litres in the back.
With the updates, the ASX is starting to look pretty good and the options list aren’t too expensive if you want to add extra kid. The interior is still lacking a bit and it can be noisy and sluggish at times when you’re on the road too. You may want to examine your car financing figures for the ASX before you make a decision though. You never know, this could be the car that you’re looking for!