This is particularly so of the new 1.8 DiD turbo-diesel unit, which was the one in the Mitsubishi ASX test car.
This is particularly so of the new 1.8 DiD turbo-diesel unit, which was the one in the Mitsubishi ASX test car. Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have developed this all-new engine and claim that it is the first diesel engine to have variable valve timing, more usually associated with petrol units. It is also said to have the lowest compression ratio (14.9:1) than any current, diesel engine in a passenger car.
In comparison with the 2.0DiD engine used in the Mitsubishi Lancer and with the same 6-speed, manual gearbox, the smaller unit produces 150PS at 4,000rpm, which is 10PS more than the 2.0-litre unit. The 1.8 offers 300Nm of torque between 2,000-and 3,000rpm, as opposed to 310Nm at 1,750rpm; and the emissions are 145g/km against 163g/km of the larger unit.
The 1.8 is the only engine offered with the 4WD system, which incidentally, adds around 2mpg to the relative fuel consumption figures of the 2WD version. These are posted as 42.2mpg for the urban cycle, 58.9mpg for the extra-urban and 51.4mpg for the combined. The addition of the 4x4 transmission also adds 5g/km to the 2WD version's CO2 emissions of 145g/km.
In 2WD format the Diesel Mitsubishi ASX has a 0-62mph time of 9.7 seconds and can then go on to a top speed of 124mph, where legal, making it the quickest off the mark and with the highest top speed of the range. That said, there is not a great deal in it, as the 4x4 car takes 10.0 seconds to complete the sprint and has a top speed of 123mph.
The alternative is a 1.6 petrol engine, mated to a 5-speed manual 'box. This is a new DOHC unit which has been developed from the 1.5-litre petrol engine found in the Colt. With this unit plumbed in, the Mitsubishi ASX has a top speed of 113mph after a 0-62mph dash, taking 11.4 seconds. It also offers 116PS at 6,000rpm and 154Nm at 4,000rpm.
Prices for the new Mitsubishi ASX range from a very reasonable £14,999 to £22,049 and, across the three trim levels, you get quite a lot for the money.
The different levels are simply named 2, 3 and 4. The Mitsubishi ASX 2 forms the basis of the others with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning and AUX socket, as part of the CD/MP3 audio system There is also keyless entry, reversing sensors and powered door mirrors and as well as the Auto Stop & Go, the features list also includes Active Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, dual-stage front side and curtain airbags plus a driver's knee-bag. All of which have helped the Mitsubishi ASX to a 5-star rating from the EuroNCAP safety tests.
The Mitsubishi ASX 3 adds fully automatic air-conditioning, a keyless start button, cruise control, heated front seats, privacy glass, secondary audio controls on the steering wheel, automatic lights and wipers and Bluetooth plus some cosmetic touches in the form of a leather-clad steering wheel and gear knob and exterior chrome trims.
The top-of-the-range Mitsubishi ASX 4 comes with leather upholstery and a Kenwood entertainment system with iPod control, satellite navigation and a reversing camera.
Mitsubishi ASX Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi ASX 3 1.8|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||124 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||58.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 02/08/10)||£18,549|