All in all, the Mitsubishi ASX proved popular with the people I met during the test period.
Sitting in the driver's seat of the Mitsubishi ASX, it is clear that nothing has been skimped on. Although the Mitsubishi ASX is not the most expensive crossover on the market, you could be fooled by the interior, which is well put together with stylishly-embossed seating fabrics and soft padding surrounding the centre console, and extending into the doors. It exudes a simple elegance and a feeling of quality.
Here and there, silver accents provide highlights to the plain, black fascia, while the dials in the instrument nacelle are said to be modelled on those of a motorcycle.
The front seats have long squabs and tall backs that encourage good posture and a more relaxed drive. Shorter people might find them a little too large but very comfortable, nonetheless.
A long wheelbase assures plenty of legroom for the three rear passengers without compromising on luggage space. The Mitsubishi ASX's boot capacity is 442-litres, which can be increased to 1,193-litres when the rear seats are folded flat. In the Mitsubishi ASX test car, the centre, rear seat doubled as an armrest and concealed a ski-flap. Also concealed is a further 30-litre storage space under the boot floor.
First impressions suggest that apart from the snub-nosed front end, the Mitsubishi ASX appears on a par with most other crossovers. Based on the Concept cX car of 2007, the roofline flows towards the rear end for aerodynamic effect complimented by a lip on the rear tailgate. The muscular wheelarches blend into the rear bumper, which incorporates a protective lower panel that hints at off-road capability.
In profile, you can see how well proportioned the Mitsubishi ASX is, but by far the most impressive feature, is the almost vertical front end. The so-called, 'Jet Fighter' grille is similar to that fronting the Mitsubishi Lancer and Mitsubishi Outlander but it has been slightly modified to flatter the car's dimensions and to fit in with the headlight clusters. It is certainly distinctive and will be easily recognisable when it appears in the rear-view mirrors of other cars - and that is something that is likely to happen quite often.
The Mitsubishi ASX 1.8 makes the most of the available torque and power, but not in a brash way. In the lower gears it seems positively average but once you've got into third gear and 'the zone', the acceleration is impressive. In fact, it has exactly the same sprint time as the 2.0-litre Volkswagen Golf estate that we have at the moment, but from a much larger car. Going up or down through the gears, the difference between 2nd and 3rd is quite marked but never really a problem once you've got used to it.
The Mitsubishi ASX offers a smooth but taut ride and is a superb cruiser, with more than enough left in the pots in 6th gear, for swift and safe overtakes. On the other hand, it is very well behaved on minor road and twisting lanes, showing a fair amount of agility and poise and that in turn creates a relaxed but confident drivers.
All in all, the Mitsubishi ASX proved popular with the people I met during the test period. The older ones found it easy to get and out, while some were impressed by the assured drive. Another liked the on-board goodies, loads of space, and all were impressed by the sensible price - how could it not be popular?2 August 2010
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|