Review

Mitsubishi ASX SUV

Price  £22,934 - £24,384

Mitsubishi ASX SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

Mitsubishi's entry into the compact crossover market, the Mitsubishi ASX, is one of the army of SUV-inspired family cars that have been introduced to rival conventional mainstream hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. The ASX, with an exterior based on the high-performance Evo X, manages to take the commanding drive position of an off-roader with the fuss-free handling of a family hatchback. The ASX's rugged but 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 petrol and diesel engines. There's two and four-wheel drive versions, too, though four-wheel drive is only available on the diesel, which is the best engine thanks to its decent fuel economy and smooth performance. All versions come equipped with a good array of accessories and equipment as standard. The ASX comes in four specifications – entry-level Attivo and ‘2’, then ‘3’ and top-of-the-range ‘4’. You can only get the diesel as ‘3’ and ‘4’-spec models.