Mitsubishi have released the 2014 model year ASX crossover which plugs the gap between a conventional passenger car and an off-roader. Its rivals include the Nissan Qashqai and the Peugeot 3008.
The ASX uses the same platform as the as the Outlander, Lancer and Lancer Evolution X. It is available with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, depending on the engine.
There is a choice of three engines for the Mitsubishi ASX all of which are Euro V compliant. There is a 1.6 petrol unit producing 115 bhp (5-speed manual) and two diesels, a 1.8 Di-D which outputs 114 bhp (6-speed manual) and a 6-speed automatic 2.2 4N14 16V DOHC producing 147 bhp. Fuel economy on the combined cycle equates to 47.1 mpg for the petrol unit, 55.4 mpg 1.8 diesel and 48.7 mpg for the 2.2 diesel, according to NEDC figures.
The petrol engine is two front-wheel drive, where the 1.8 diesel can be specified with front- or four-wheel drive (AWC) - the 2.2 diesel is four-wheel drive.
There are three models in 2014 line-up, ‘ASX2’, ‘ASX3’ and the ‘ASX4’.
The ASX2 is equipped with alloy wheels, air conditioning, Active Stability and Traction Control, remote keyless entry and seven airbags plus Bluetooth hands-free system as standard.
Adds 17-inch alloys, climate control, push-start button, parking sensors, privacy glass, front fog lamps, cruise control and features six speakers. KOS (Keyless Operation System).
There are auto light and rain sensors, heated front seats and a leather steering wheel.
Standard equipment includes a reversing camera, leather upholstery, Kenwood integrated Satellite Navigation and CD/radio with MP3 compatibility. It is equipped with 4WD and an automatic transmission. It features a panoramic glass roof and there is LED mood lighting for night time enjoyment.
The ASX has scored 5 Stars in the latest Euro NCAP ratings - it incorporates Mitsubishi’s RISE safety technology (which dissipates the energy from the impact away from the passenger compartment) as well as ABS anti-lock braking, Active Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist an Emergency Stop Signal System, Hill Start Assist, ISOFIX child seat anchorage and up to 7 airbags as standard.
|ASX2 1.6 Petrol||Manual||£14,999|
|ASX3 1.6 Petrol||Manual||£16,750|
|ASX3 1.8 Diesel||Manual||£18,750|
|ASX4 1.8 Diesel 4WD||Manual||£22,499|
|ASX4 2.2 Diesel 4WD||Automatic||£23,899|
The ASX comes with three years unlimited mileage warranty, 12 year anti-corrosion perforation warranty, 3 year pan-European roadside, home and accident assistance. Servicing on the 1.6 ASX and the 1.8 ASX is 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever occurs first and the servicing on the ASX 2.2 is 9,000. The Mitsubishi Service Plan (MSP) is also available for the additional cost of £450 on the petrol variant and £650 on the diesel variant.
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