The ASX is eager to please even when cruising and it pulls very well, even at motorway speeds.
The Mitsubishi ASX was launched in the UK in July 2010 billed as a New Active Sports Crossover enabling Mitsubishi to compete in the competitive crossover vehicle segment against rivals such as the Nissan QASHQAI.
Prices range from £16,499 for the ASX 2 MIVEC 1.6 litre petrol 2WD (two wheel drive) model and rise to £24,895 for the ASX 4 MIVEC 1.8 litre diesel 4WD (four wheel drive) version.
We tested the Mitsubishi ASX 3 MIVEC 1.8 litre diesel 2WD model coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox with an on the road price of £20,599.
The Mitsubishi ASX is available with a choice of two engines one petrol (1.6L 16 valve inline 4 cylinder, DOHC MIVEC) and one diesel (1.8L 16 valve inline 4 cylinder, DOHC MIVEC intercooled turbocharged diesel).
Our test car was fitted with the 1.8L diesel engine which we really enjoyed and found flexible and relatively powerful. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 9.7 seconds and the top speed is 124mph. The short throw six-speed manual transmission is slick and complements the diesel engine perfectly.
The ASX is eager to please even when cruising and it pulls very well, even at motorway speeds. Like all turbo diesel units if you let the revs drop off then you can find yourself lacking power but overall we were impressed.
Official fuel consumption figures are quoted as 42.2mpg Urban, 58.9mpg Extra-Urban and 51.4mpg Combined. During our test mixed cruising averaged 55 mpg and when cruising on the motorway we were just pushing over 50 mpg which is not too bad considering that our car was not fully run in.
Mitsubishi quote CO2 emissions of 135g/km for the 1.6 petrol 2WD model, 145 g/km for the 1.8 diesel 2WD model and 150 g/km for the 1.8 diesel 4WD version.
The Auto Stop & Go system (ASG) is fairly conventional - the engine cuts out when stationary at traffic lights (select neutral and take your foot off the clutch) and restarts as soon as go to pull off (dip the clutch again). However, in order to maintain passenger comfort, the ASG doesn't operate if the outside temperature falls below 3-degrees C or, if a speed of 3mph is not reached after a restart. Alternatively, it can be switched off when encountering a traffic jam or slow moving traffic where the vehicle is constantly moving and stopping.
Mitsubishi ASX Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi ASX 3 1.8 Diesel 2WD|
|Body Type||5-door SUV|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||124 mph|
|Transmission||6-Speed Manual - two-wheel drive|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||58.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-star|
|Warranty||3 years / unlimited mileage|
|Price (when tested on the 08/08/11)||£20,599|