Mitsubishi has fought back from the obscure end of the market with cars such as the Outlander PHEV and the ASX. The latter is an alternative for the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and the Mazda CX-5 and offers a tougher image than its rivals.
If you’re thinking of buying one, spec up your perfect Mitsubishi ASX in our car configurator to see what discounts are offered. Before you do, however, read the five things we think ASX buyers need to know…
Hewn from granite
Mitsubishi’s built a great reputation for building strong, reliable cars and the ASX carries on this tradition. Everything in the cabin feels robust and would easily stand up to the rigours family life. Some rivals are more stylish and others feel plusher but you don’t feel short-changed in the ASX.
You get a similar feeling when you drive the car – it’s strong, stable and inspires plenty of confidence in the driver. It’s planted on the motorway and, with the optional four-wheel drive, feels relaxed on twisty country roads.
Lots of equipment as standard
Equipment levels are strong even on base-spec ASXs. You get alloy wheels, air-conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity. Further up the range, you get a full infotainment system with satellite navigation, leather upholstery and a panoramic glass sunroof.
The ASX has you covered if your luck or skill runs out, too. ABS, and Mitsubishi’s stability and traction control keep you pointing in your intended direction while a full complement of airbags keep you safe if you should crash. Emergency stop signalling lessens the likelihood of being rear-ended if you slam your brakes on.
You get a great view
Crossover SUVs tend to be styled in two distinct camps – the car-like ones and chunkier, mini-4×4 models. The ASX falls into the latter camp and, as a result, you sit higher than in many competing SUVs. This means you get a commanding view of the road ahead and feel confident driving it.
Mitsubishi has also raised the driver’s hip point and sloped the front of the bonnet making it easier to see the corners of the car. This also makes it simpler to put kids in child seats or for older people to enter comfortably.
All engines in the ASX range are reasonably efficient but the diesels make more sense with their greater torque. carwow spent a weekend with the most potent 2.2-litre 147hp unit and found it a great motorway companion with plenty of power for overtaking.
The six-speed automatic ‘box shifts smoothly but occasionally struggles to pick the right ratio – something you can rectify by using the standard paddle shifters. It’s grumbly when accelerating (although not annoyingly so) but gets quieter as speeds increase.
A very competitive class
The ASX’s is competing in a class with some very talented opposition. SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 and the Nissan Qashqai hover around the same price point but, arguably, offer a better all-round package than the Mitsubishi.
With its robust build quality and lockable four-wheel drive, the ASX might perform better off-road than those cars, but the Nissan and Mazda are cheaper to run.
If you’re taken by the rugged looks and sturdy build quality, pop the Mitsubishi ASX in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. For more information, read the full ASX review or, to see more options, check out our deals page.