Review

Mitsubishi ASX SUV

Price  £15,434 - £25,134

Mitsubishi ASX SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Practical and spacious inside
  • Inexpensive to buy and run
  • Really well equipped
Cons
  • Some rivals are better to drive
  • Not the plushest of interiors
  • Short service intervals

At a glance

The greenest
1.6 Diesel ZC-M 5dr £19,554
The cheapest
1.6 ZC 5dr £15,434
The fastest
2.2 Diesel 4WD ZC-H Auto 5dr £25,134
Top of the range
2.2 Diesel 4WD ZC-H Auto 5dr £25,134

“The Mitsubishi ASX is stylish and well priced, but rivals like the Renault Kadjar are higher quality and better to drive.”

You can’t argue with the logic behind the Mitsubishi ASX. The SUV-cum-family-hatchback crossover class is booming at the moment and it makes perfect sense for Mitsubishi to want a slice of the action. 

There are, however, plenty of excellent cars to compete with. Not only is the ASX up against obvious rivals like the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, Skoda Yeti and Hyundai Tucson, but it also has to vie with traditional family hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Kia Cee’d. 

The Mitsubishi makes a decent effort, with neat, rugged styling and a very attractive price tag. It's also impressively well equipped. ZC-M is our favourite of the three trim levels, coming with 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, climate control and cruise control.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine is comfortably the best engine in the range. It produces 112bhp and will return 61.4mpg fuel economy. CO2 emissions of 119g/km result in a relatively low £30 annual road tax bill and a 21% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company car tax liability. 

This is a nicely refined engine, too, plus the larger 2.2-litre diesel is both slower and more expensive to run than. You should avoid the petrol, as it feels underpowered compared to the diesels. We’d also recommend avoiding the four-wheel drive system (which is only available on the top-spec ZC-H model) as it results in the ASX costing a lot more to buy and run. 

The ASX boasts a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and you get plenty of standard safety equipment. There are six airbags, ISOFIX child-seat mounts and an automatic braking system that’ll automatically apply the brakes should the car detect an imminent collision. 

Mitsubishis are also famed for reliability and durability. The brand was rated an impressive 10th for reliability in our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, while the ASX itself was placed 68th out of 200 cars for reliability.

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MPG, running costs & CO2

3.7 / 5

The Mitsubishi ASX is efficient, but the 2.2-litre diesel engine has to be serviced every 9,000 miles

Engines, drive & performance

2 / 5

The Mitsubishi ASX is great over speed bumps and rough roads, but not much fun to drive

Interior & comfort

2.3 / 5

The Mitsubishi ASX’s interior isn’t up to rivals' standards

Practicality & boot space

3.4 / 5

Large, practical interior is decent, but the Mitsubishi ASX's rivals are catching up

Reliability & safety

3.8 / 5

Good reliability and safety spec makes the Mitsubishi ASX a decent ownership prospect

What the others say

3.6 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
Two engines will be offered, including a new 1.8-litre turbodiesel with stop/start and a smaller 1.6-litre petrol. Mitsubishi is promising low running costs and good fuel economy from both - a six-speed manual box will offer a choice of front-drive or all-wheel-drive transmissions while a CVT box will also be up for grabs.
3 / 5
The ASX is the most family-friendly Mitsubishi you can buy, with a spacious well-built cabin, a comfortable ride, a strong and efficient diesel engine and a tempting list price.
4.5 / 5
This is an all-new Mitsubishi car designed to appeal to family car buyers who want something a little different from the standard family hatchback. The ASX provides the driving experience of a standard hatchback but with the benefits of a 4x4 such as high driving position and, where fitted, four-wheel drive. The ASX comes with two engines: 1.6-litre petrol with two-wheel drive, and 1.8-litre diesel with either two-wheel or electronically controlled four-wheel drive.
3 / 5
There's just enough 4x4 attitude to set it apart from the hatchback masses but very little compromise in terms of running costs. True, it won't get your pulse racing but as a sensible family car it's a convincing choice.
What owners say 
4.2768181822517
4.3 /5 based on 88 reviews
67%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
2 Dec 2015
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