Mitsubishi ASX SUV

£15,184 - £24,884

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 take 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 interior space.

The ASX's rugged yet compact dimensions are clearly designed to take advantage of the success that cars like the Nissan Qashqai have enjoyed in recent years, and 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 the diesel engines.

We'd recommend avoiding the petrol engine and going straight for the 1.8-litre diesel – especially if you cover more than 10-12,000 miles a year. The 1.8-litre engine employs some world-first 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 equipped with a good array 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 outlay), it'll manage 55.4mpg fuel economy and emit 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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