Review

Mitsubishi ASX SUV

Price  £15,184 - £24,884

Mitsubishi ASX SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Affordable to run
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Spacious interior and large boot
Cons
  • Short service intervals
  • Cheap-feeling interior plastics
  • Not as good to drive as Nissan Qashqai

At a glance

The greenest
ASX 3 1.8 Diesel 2WD Low Emission 5dr £19,435
The cheapest
1.6 2 5dr £15,184
The fastest
ASX 3 1.8 Diesel 2WD Low Emission 5dr £19,435
Top of the range
ASX 4 2.2 Diesel 4WD Auto 5dr £24,884

"The Mitsubishi ASX looks good and is competitively priced, which makes it an attractive rival to the Nissan Qashqai."

The Mitsubishi ASX is one of the army of SUV-inspired family cars that have been introduced to rival conventional mainstream hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. Despite this, its closest rivals are models such as the Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Yeti and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross.

The ASX manages to combine the commanding driving position of an off-roader with the fuss-free handling of a family hatchback. It's also a practical choice, with a large boot and versatile interior that offers plenty of space.

The ASX's rugged styling and compact dimensions are clearly designed to take advantage of the success that cars like the Nissan Qashqai have enjoyed in recent years. It comes with a choice of one petrol and two diesel engines.

There are two and four-wheel-drive versions, too – although four-wheel drive is only available with diesel engines.

We'd recommend avoiding the petrol and going straight for the 1.8-litre diesel – especially if you cover more than 10-12,000 miles a year. This engine employs some advanced technology to reduce running costs without hurting performance. Despite this, the ASX isn't as much fun to drive as a Skoda Yeti or Nissan Qashqai.

All versions come with a decent amount of accessories and equipment as standard. The ASX comes in three specifications – ASX2, ASX3 and ASX4. The diesel engine is only available in the ASX3 and ASX4 models.

There's a clear winner here, too: the Mitsubishi ASX3 1.8-litre diesel. With two-wheel drive (four-wheel drive is also available, but isn't really worth the extra), it manages 55.4mpg economy and emits 131g/km of CO2. The ASX3 is also the sweet spot as far as specification is concerned, because you get kit such as Bluetooth phone connectivity, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, climate control and cruise control.

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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 
4.2865882357429
4.3 /5 based on 85 reviews
67%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
23 Dec 2014
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