Mitsubishi ASX

3/5
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Verdict

Currently one of the most active car segments in the world is the Compact SUV/Crossover segment. It’s here where you will should-be hatchbacks that are styled with more bulk and an off-road appearance. This is where you will find the Qashqai, the Yeti, the Renegade, the 500X, and many more besides. This is a bustling segment and here lies the Mitsubishi ASX. The ASX has a visual appeal with plenty of curves and if more focus was put on marketing, it might do better in terms of sales against the likes of the brilliant Nissan Qashqai. What would help Mitsubishi here is their excellent 8 year warranty, which really means that you should be able to trust a brand like this.

Performance

You will find that there are only two engines available to the Irish market and neither of them carry an ASX with four-wheel drive. The petrol engine is a 1.6 litre offering with a five-speed manual gearbox. This offers 117 PS and a maximum torque of 154NM at 4,000rpm. According to Mitsubishi it will bring you from 0-100 km/h in 11.5 seconds and has a maximum speed of 183 km/h. The other engine is a 1.6 litre diesel. This offers 116 PS and maximum torque of 270Nm at 1,750rpm. In terms of 0-100 km/h it will achieve it only slightly quicker than the petrol engine at 11.2 seconds and it has a maximum speed of 182 km/h.

Ride & Handling

This is where the vehicle would fall down against the Qashqai. The ASX rolls more in corners and its steering lacks the responsiveness of its Nissan counterpart. What it does handle well is road imperfections as it tackles ramps and bumps with ease.

Refinement

Both the petrol and the diesel engine make noise during acceleration. The diesel is a lot louder and it doesn’t even out as much as you would like on the motorway either. Both road and wind noise also enter the cabin at higher speeds.

Quality & Reliability

There is only one trim available to the Irish market and that is called “Instyle”. Leather seats come as standard across the range as does a multifunction steering wheel. The dash is nicely laid out and the touch screen and infotainment system offers connectivity to USB and Bluetooth. Instyle also comes with Voice Control that allows drivers to make calls without touching the phone.

Safety & Security

In 2011 the Mitsubishi ASX received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. The car scored highest for adult occupancy with 86%. For child occupancy the ASX scored 78%. For pedestrian safety and safety assist it scored 60% and 70% respectively. This vehicle comes well-surrounded by at least five airbags and it also offers two ISOFIX anchors to the rear. For those of you who aren’t great at hill starts this has Hill Start Assist as standard. Active Stability control with Traction Control are also within the vehicle.

Space & Practicality

The boot of the ASX offers a competitive 419 litres and getting items in there is easy. The space to the front is more than ample and there is good leg, head and shoulder room. Five adults could fit into this vehicle but for maximum comfort four would be enough. The car also has an underfloor compartment which is good for storing more valuable items. The rear seat can be folded completely flat and it has a 60/40 split, which means larger items can be carried around in this machine.

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Key Facts

Make

Mitsubishi

Model
ASX
Variant
Intense 1.6L 2WD
Car Category
Compact Crossover
First year of model production
2011
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€24,450
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€280
Tax Band
B2
Average L/100 km
5.9
Average km/L
16.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
63
Fuel Tank Range
1068 km
Cost of filling a tank
€82.78
Average Cost Per 200 km
€15.51
CO2 emmissions
136 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
117 bhp
Max Power kW
87
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1600
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Naturally
Top speed
183 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
11.5 s
Town KPG
7.70 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
4.90 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
419 L

Warranty

All Components
8 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
8 Year warranty
Mileage
150000
Roadside Assistance
5 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
419 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
225/55 R18 mm
Tyre size back
225/55 R18 mm
Length
4295 mm
Width
1770 mm
Height
1615 mm
Wheel Base
2670 mm
Front Track (mm)
1615
Kerb weight
1260 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.6

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
117 bhp