ASX 4 2.2 Diesel 4WD Auto
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FRESH IN THE SHOWROOMS is the next-generation of Mitsubishi's compact urban
crossover, the ASX. And, for those of you who like to cut to the chase, it comes
to market cheaper (substantially), better specced (impressively so), and smoother
riding (you really can feel the difference).
If any of these are on your list Hyundai ix35, Kia Sportage, Nissan
Qashqai, Skoda Yeti and Subaru XV then the ASX should be there
with them because it runs in the same crossover pack. And while all of the above
can be had with 4WD, many buyers save some money by opting for the cheaper front-wheel-drive
Choose the ASX, however, and you can have the 4WD and auto and
still save some of the folding stuff because prices are down across the range
by as much as £2.5K. Not only that, but the 2014 cars also come stuffed with
extra kit to the tune of up to £1,000 of added equipment. All
of which means that parking an ASX on your drive can be done for between £14,999
you don't have to splash out on the range-topper to get the most desirable kit
even the range-starter ASX 2 is fitted as standard with keyless
entry, AirCon, Bluetooth hands-free, a surround sound set-up, power windows
and mirrors, seven airbags (which helped earn it a five-star Euro NCAP safety
rating), stability and traction control systems and rolls on a
set of smart alloys.
what Mitsubishi bills as
a compact cabin
actually, its only
compact compared to
its big sister, the seven-
and five can be
and travel with a fair
By the time you've moved up two more trim levels (via the ASX 3 to the range-topping
ASX 4) your alloys will have grown to 17-inchers, the AirCon scaled up to climate
control, your upholstery will be leather, your front seats will be heated (two-stage;
and fast), you'll be guided and entertained by a touchscreen Kenwood infotainment
system (you scroll with the same touch 'n' flick action you already use on your
smart phone), and a seriously panoramic glass roof will flood your world with
light (there's a powered sunblind in case there's vampirism in your family DNA);
of course there's more including push-button start, cruise control,
rear-view camera for reversing, power windows, powerfold door mirrors, auto
lites 'n' wipes, etc. A lot of kit; and, more to the point, a lot of kit for
inside what Mitsubishi bills as a 'compact' cabin actually, it's
only compact compared to its big sister, the seven-seat Outlander, and five
can be accommodated, and travel with a fair degree of pampering.
If you've ridden in an earlier model then you'll notice the obvious step-up
in quality and materials fit and finish is noticeably very good.
Soft-feel surfaces are now the order of the day; and the leather feels more
upscale than previously. Controls and switchgear are neatly laid out and the
fascia flows as seamlessly as the exterior styling.
The two main dials are easy to read, the driver's information (4WD mode, exterior
temperature, range, selected gear, etc) is clear and sharp and easy to take
in at a glance exactly how you want it. To lighten the mood after
dark there are LED lighting strips in the roof. And the sliding centre armrest
is all the better for not cramping the traditional handbrake. All in all, a
very liveable cabin.
there's no mistaking the ASX's gene pool: a voracious front grille defines the
front-end. Side-on, between the bulging wheel arches, there's a pronounced crease
underscoring the rising window line and some extremely short overhangs (not
just good visually but also good when manoeuvring and parking). Despite the
big car look, in and around town drivers will be glad of its footprint: at 4,295mm
long and 1,770mm, it takes up less road-room than a Ford Focus.
in behind the three-spoke, multifunction, leather-rimmed wheel is a welcoming
and fuss-free experience: there's plenty of adjustment for both the seat (the
driver gets electric) and the steering wheel combined with decent headroom.
The seat bolstering is effective without being restrictive, plus the built-in
lumbar support adds to the comfort.
also adjust for height, and you sit high off the floor which, in turn makes
for fine visibility out. The door mirrors, too, provide a decent view of your
The panoramic glass
roof adds a real sense
especially in the back
cabin, where rear
passengers benefit from
backrests that recline,
and have plenty of foot
and knee room and
can relax and
really stretch out their
large glass roof adds a real sense of spaciousness, especially in the back cabin,
where rear passengers benefit from backrests that recline, and have plenty of
foot and knee room and can relax and really stretch out their legs.
The outer, door-mounted armrests are comfy, and the drop-down centre armrest
has a pair of cupholders built-in so much better than the pop-out
variety used on some upscale rivals but which are prone to sticking.
While the ASX's 60:40-split rear seat will accommodate two adults comfortably,
a third in the middle is definitely doable; and a trio even sitting
bolt upright will each enjoy ample headroom.
The ASX's tailgate is light to use; even Mums won't have any cause for complaint.
Rear seats in use, the boot is pretty big luggage capacity is
a useful 442 litres. Fold 'em flat and you'll have a level loadbay that runs
to 1,193 litres which trumps quite a few family hatchbacks. Reassuring
also that the tail lights are on the body not the tailgate, so loading at night
is a whole lot safer. A non-slip, heavy-duty rubber boot-liner adds to the ASX's
practicality; as do the pair of large, deep storage bins beneath the boot floor.
Until now the ASX diesel had to make do with a 1.8-litre unit. Not any more
it now runs the 2.2-litre turbodiesel and very smooth six-speed
automatic transmission from the new Outlander. It's a very likeable pairing
the hefty torque (266lb ft), on call from a low 1,500rpm, makes
for immediate response to your right foot wherever in the power band you are
when you want to call up a shot more 'go'.
In and around the houses it's an easy drive with no call for stamping the accelerator
to make meaningful progress. With the new wave of small but pokey engines, people
tend to forget that bigger engines don't need to work anywhere near as hard,
which means they can be surprisingly economical plus, of course,
they're much nicer to drive.
a larger capacity powerplant means higher gears can be used more of the time
and at lower revs, so keeping the cabin refined. Maximum speed is 118mph and
zero to 62mph only needs 10.8 seconds for mission accomplished. So you and your
ASX won't be left at the lights! You do need to watch the speedo, though
the 2.2-litre lump lets the ASX cruise quietly, which can be deceptive on motorways
where ninety can easily feel like 65mph. You have been warned!
not only is progress smooth, but the economy is impressive. Officially this
automatic 2.2-litre four-pot drinks diesel at the rate of 48.7mpg (Combined).
Our real-world result? 47.1mpg. And that was driving 'normally'
that is, without employing any fuel-saving driving techniques.
rivals ever come close to matching their official mpg figures, so it's doubly
impressive that not only does the 4WD auto ASX do so, but that it also manages
close to 50mpg.
Not only is progress
smooth, but the economy
Officially this automatic
2.2-litre four-pot drinks
diesel at the rate of
Our real-world result?
six-speed auto 'box is of the type that 'learns' and constantly
adapts to your driving style. Column-mounted alloy paddle-shifters
are easy for your fingertips to reach, and there's a manual 'sport' mode for
when you want to decide the moment to shift up or down… or just want the engine's
torque to set you up for a bend or a quick roundabout.
The all-wheel drive ASX is normally front-wheel drive; two alternative modes
4WD auto and 4WD Lock can be called up at the touch
of a button (logically sited south of the selector lever) to make it fully four-wheel
drive whenever you need it. Child's play.
Although it rides well it's not shy about serving up a quick drive on 'B' (and
back!) roads. The brakes do a smooth job of scrubbing off speed, and even running
in 2WD there's reassuring grip from the front-end (it's even better, and still
very car-like to drive, with the four-wheel drive active).
Press-on drivers will be pleased to know that the ASX carries speed predictably
through corners; the steering is precise and even major adjustments can be made
with confidence the safe, well-balanced and stable-riding ASX
doesn't have a sneaky bone in its lightweight bodyshell.
It may look SUV-ish but the ASX's ride quality is, as befits a 'townie', well
judged and compliant enough to make our unsporting British roads pleasantly
driveable even potholes, while obviously best avoided for the
sake of your alloys, don't hold their usual dread. This latest-gen ASX is certainly
a comfortable place to be when using the Queen's highways (and byways).
Happy in town, equally happy in the 'burbs and the great outdoors, the ASX4
auto has much to recommend it, particularly if you don't want your family-friendly
4x4 tarnished by the 'fashion accessory' tag. It's good to drive and won't cripple
you with fuel bills. Would we spend our own money on one? Absolutely.
ASX 4 2.2 Diesel 4WD Auto | £23,899
Maximum speed: 118mph | 0-62mph: 10.8 seconds | Test Average: 47.1mpg
Power: 148bhp | Torque: 266lb ft | CO2 153g/km