Mitsubishi ASX SUV

£15,434 - £25,134

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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