Mitsubishi ASX review

Our Rating: 
3
3.0/5.0
By Auto Express Test TeamComments

The Mitsubishi ASX is an appealing buy, thanks to its compact dimensions, spacious cabin and efficient engines

For: 
Spacious cabin, nimble handling, good standard kit
Against: 
Less fun than Yeti, dull cabin, limited engine choice

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With looks inspired by the Evo X performance saloon, the Mitsubishi ASX is the brand's entry into the compact crossover sector. Spacious, well-equipped, nimble and relatively cheap to run, the ASX offers something the larger Shogun can’t. It is ideal for families, thanks to the large boot, comfortable cabin, impressive safety kit and cheap running costs. Although it’s not as involving to drive as the Skoda Yeti, it proves competent. We'd opt for the diesel model in particular, as it’s both economical and relatively smooth. 

Our choice: ASX 3 1.8 DI-D

Styling

2.5

With an aggressive grille and lights, the Mitsubishi ASX shares the same front end as its performance sibling, the Evo X. Despite the visual interest up-front, the rest of the ASX isn’t as exciting. It is neatly designed and well-proportioned, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowd. The interior follows the same approach, and although quality is improved over previous cars from the Japanese firm, the cabin is dull to look at and much of it feels cheap to the touch – especially the dated switchgear.

Driving

2.7

Compact dimensions mean the Mitsubishi ASX is far easier to manoeuvre than its larger siblings, but a degree of body roll shows it's not as fun to drive as the Skoda Yeti or Nissan Qashqai. Still, the 1.8-litre diesel is the world’s first to use variable valve timing. And when you come to a stop, the engine’s idle speed drops to 600rpm, helping to boost fuel economy. Performance of both the petrol and diesel would be considered adequate, although the six-speed manual gearbox is notchy. As the first Mitsubishi to offer reach and rake adjustment for the steering wheel, it’s also easy to get comfortable behind the wheel.

Reliability

3.9

The Mitsubishi ASX is loaded with safety kit, including stability control, traction control, Isofix child seat mounting points, brake assist, a passenger airbag deactivation switch and a complement of seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees. It fared well in Euro NCAP tests as well, and emerged with five stars – scoring the maximum for the side barrier impact test. Traditionally the Mitsubishi brand has always done well in the annual Driver Power survey.

Practicality

3.7

With a 442-litre boot the Mitsubishi ASX is one of the most practical models in the class, although it fails to match the Skoda Yeti when the rear seats are folded, since the Czech car can have them removed completely. The rear bench can be split and also incorporates a ski hatch, but there are no straps or netting to secure smaller items. Still, there’s plenty of room for occupants, and thanks to the raised ride-height the Mitsubishi ASX can still tackle rough tracks with ease. Four-wheel drive is only available with the 1.8 diesel.

Running Costs

3.3

Both the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.8-litre diesel engines are quite efficient. The former can return 47.0mpg and the latter 51.0mpg, with CO2 ratings ranging from 135g/km to 145g/km. This makes it cleaner than both the Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai, thanks to the car’s stop-start system. And unlike its rivals, buyers can choose from two service plans – the petrol being covered for three years and 37,000 miles at a cost of £450 while the diesel, which needs more maintenance, is £650 over the same period but with a reduced mileage limit of 27,000 miles. All models are well equipped, and even the mid-range ASX 3 comes with cruise control, Bluetooth and climate control, though sat-nav is a dealer fit option only.

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Did the reviewer here actually test the car?

- There are plenty of soft-touch plastics in the dash.
- The auto-stop system actually shuts the engine off (impression given here is that it mearly lowers idle speed)
- Nav is standard fit on the Level 4 model.
- Performance of the 1.8 is excellent, one of its stand out features compared to others in the class - particularly the pre 2012/13 model with 148bhp. (12/13 model can be easily modded back to the old model's level).

Just been to see the new Auto Diesel ASX (9-8-013).
£26k plus price for what? I really wanted to like this and would have bought it there & then, if only?
-A £10,000 overpriced cheap looking car.
-Dash looks as if it was from a sub £10,000 car not one costing £26k plus.
-The interior designer's must have taken their inspiration from being in a coal mine at the time. Every thing is black or black.
-Sitting behind the wheel would make you realise how cheap the ASK really is. It oozes a complete lack of any intention by Mitsubishi to give the paying customer a quality dash that looks as if you are behind the wheel of a £26,000 car.
-The leather seats look good although they are in black leather. Now why couldn't the designers incorporate some colour into the seats or coloured stitching. Does red cotton cost more than black cotton?
- And why not offer a range of interiors why just BLACK?
-Perhaps it is the IMPORTER of Mitsubishi cars who is making all the wrong decisions about what the BRITISH public want.

I agree with you, Andy. I just don't get where everybody thinks the ASX dash is cheap. It's actually pretty good quality soft plastics — and I drive between 150 and 200 cars a year from all 40 mainstream manufacturers as part of my job, so I know them all intimately. If anyone wants a cheap dash, they can try just about any French-made car. The only problems I have with the ASX are poor headlights (which you can fix by swapping out the bulbs for Osram nightbreakers); poor speakers, even on the ASX4 Kenwood set-up, and windscreen washers that are so piddly that I could almost spit faster. Apart from that, it's a brilliant machine, packed with kit and it looks great. And, no, I don't work for Mitsubishi, the importer or their dealer network.

Last updated: 5 May, 2012
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