£15,434 - £28,639 Price range
47 - 61 MPG
Despite the slight hatchback shape of the small SUV, interior space is plenty. Two adults can stretch in the back seats and the boot size is up there with the class best. The dashboard receives some criticism for looking dated, but is robust and build from high quality materials.
The ASX is better to drive than it may first appear. The steering is meaty and body control is pretty decent, too. Cornering quickly also produces comical amounts of tyre screeching that add plenty of drama to the experience.
Pick the 1.6-litre petrol with front-wheel-drive if you rarely leave the city, but want the added practicality of the SUV body shape, or pick the 1.6-litre diesel if you plan on doing more motorway miles. The 2.2-litre diesel is powerful, but less refined than the smaller unit.
Equipment levels are good with basic models having the bare necessities like air-con and phone connectivity as standard. We recommend buying the ASX in ZC-M trim because it adds all the equipment you’d possibly want in a small city SUV.
Take a look at our handy Mitsubishi ASX dimensions guide for more information.
Mitsubishi is planning to reveal a concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show that could give us hints of what the new ASX will look like. Read our dedicated Mitsubishi ASX price, specs and release date article for full details.
The ASX’s interior feels solid and durable, but is bereft of any kind of style.The plastics don’t feel anywhere near as premium as the ones found in a Volkswagen Tiguan and the design in general is pretty dull.
The ASX does offer its driver an excellent view of the road ahead and it is surprisingly easy to manoeuvre at low speeds, for what is after all a big SUV.
Mitsubishi ASX passenger space
For a small SUV the ASX is quite roomy – passengers get plenty of head and legroom. Rear-seat passengers have the added benefit of being able to stretch their legs under the front seats.
Mitsubishi ASX boot space
The ASX boot is reasonably big at 416-litre with the seats up and the minimal lip eases the loading of heavy loads. With the seats down, the space rises to 1,193 litres which is a bit less than what you get in the Skoda Yeti, but the ASX is much less boxy in shape.
The ASX rides well indeed and absorbs bumps and potholes “without unsettling the body”. It grips hard too, but it isn’t an involving drive, being a “relaxed” and “unfussy” car to drive, which is a benefit or a drawback, depending on your outlook. It is very refined too, with no noise complaints – helped by the ASX’s low, best-in-class drag coefficient – and makes a fine long distance cruiser.
It’s available with either two- or four-wheel drive transmissions, and owners are advised to stick to the front-wheel drive version unless they have a genuine need to go off the road.
There is one petrol and two diesels to choose from and the general opinion of testers is to stick to the diesels. There is a choice between a six-speed manual or an automatic that quite a few reviewers seem to like for its precise and decisive gear shifts.
Mitsubishi’s ‘Intelligent Motion’ is on all models. It’s unobtrusive and the component parts – Stop/Start, regenerative braking, electric power steering, an alternator that only charges on the overrun, low-consumption LED tail lights and low roll-resistance tyres – work well together to give astonishing fuel consumption in the diesel engine.
Mitsubishi ASX petrol engine
The 1.6-litre petrol engine is criticised by reviewers for being slow and thirsty and best avoided – it’s outshone by rivals in the Skoda Yeti and Ford Ecosport. It isn’t turbocharged yet still feels strong, but it sits at quite high revs at motorway speeds.
Mitsubishi ASX diesel engines
The diesel engines are reckoned by critics to be a better option – the largest 2.2-litre engine is claimed to get 48.7mpg which considering the car’s size and four-wheel-drive system isn’t actually that bad.
However, the most recommended engine choice is the 1.6-litre diesel developing 115hp. It has lots of pulling power available from low speeds and is very fuel efficient – 61mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km making it £30 a year for road tax.
The 1.6-litre petrol engine develops just 115bhp and struggles in a car as big as the ASX. The reviews say it needs to be driven quite hard and when you do it becomes a mite intrusive; it’ll hit 60mph in 11.4 seconds if you drive it like you’ve stolen it but you can forget about relaxed cruising because you’ll need to drop it down a gear when you reach your first hill.
One expert said that it felt like it was “constricted to deliver low CO2 emissions and an encouraging fuel economy”, although if that is the case then the average that this motoring journalist got (on a 400-mile motorway run) was only just over 30mpg, which is nowhere near the published official average fuel consumption figure of 47.1mpg.
The experts suggest that you’ll be better off with the diesel engine, which is a lovely little thing.
By contrast with the 1.6-litre petrol engine (which is a bit noisy, slow and thirsty) the 1.8-litre diesel engine was well-liked by everyone who drove it – although they did caution that it can be a bit noisy when it is extended with an “intrusive” whistle from the turbo.
It’ll hit 60mph in about 9.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of 124mph. Far more importantly, however, it’ll cruise at motorway speeds all day and still return an “astounding” 50mpg in everyday use. It feels more like a 2.0-litre engine according to those who have driven it.
It has fine manners too, “accelerating without complaint from quite low revs” and “even in the higher gears it remains responsive; picking up crisply in fourth for quick, safe overtaking”. This flexibility is hugely important in city driving too, allowing you to change up into a higher gear than would otherwise be possible.
This is a fine engine that suits the ASX very well.
Driver assists like hill start, brake assist, and rear view camera too come as standard, the latter is only usually an option on cars in this segment.
Add to that a five-star Euro NCAP rating, and the ASX looks like a well-rounded and safe package.
The ASX represents great value for money because even the most basic models come with plenty of equipment as standard like air-conditioning, electric windows, Bluetooth phone connectivity and alloy wheels. We’d go for the ZC-M trim that adds better looking 17-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, climate control, heated front seats and cruise control. The top of the range ZC-H adds a panoramic roof, leather upholstery and sat nav, but also adds quite a bit to the price of the car.
Service intervals aren’t as long on diesel models as they are on competitors’ offerings – you’ll have to visit the dealer every 9,000 miles. Critics are, however, very impressed with the fuel economy they got from diesel versions, so there’s a trade-off for the service intervals.
The Mitsubishi ASX is a fine but bland car that doesn’t change the rules one iota. If you’re after a no nonsense practical family SUV then the critics reckon it’s fairly easy to recommend. The engine technology impresses critics, and it’s a well-rounded car with few major flaws, but reviewers claim it’s a little lacking in character and a bit forgettable.