Mitsubishi ASX

The Essentials

  • Price from £16,674
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 54.3mpg
  • What is it? Mitsubishi's crossover combines 4x4 looks with hatchback running costs in a rather appealing package

Great

  • Versatile, spacious car for a family of five
  • Great value for money
  • Comprehensive safety and security kit

Gripes

  • Handling isn't what we'd call 'dynamic'
  • Too much noise reaches the cabin
  • Can't quite match a Qashqai for interior quality
  • Drive

    Thumbs up for plenty of power and a comfortable ride, thumbs down for the wallowing in corners and noise levels

  • Inside

    A pleasing place to be, thanks to the well designed layout. Good view out from raised driving position

  • Safety

    Top marks: stability control, anti-whiplash head restraints, and seven airbags are standard. Five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating is reassuring, too

  • Reliability

    Mitsubishi has a great reputation so the ASX shouldnt let you down

  • Space

    Seats five with plenty of cabin storage for their clutter and boot space for their luggage

  • Standard and extras

    Even the cheapest versions get alloy wheels, air-con, an MP3 input port and stop-start technology

  • What's it like to drive?

    It's available in two- or four-wheel drive, but we don't expect to see many Mitsubishi ASXs towing a trailer through a muddy field. This car is at its best on the road, so stick with the front-wheel drive version.
    The ASX is a very comfortable car to drive, because the supple suspension and big balloon tyres do a great job of mopping up a poor road surface. It's not the most relaxing car to go long distances in, though; there's too much wind and road noise on the motorway, and the engines drone away irritatingly.
    The 1.6 petrol model (available in 2wd only) is temptingly cheap, but we prefer the extra gutsiness of the 1.8 diesel.

  • What's it like inside?

    While some of the buttons are fiddly to use, all the controls are placed where you'd expect to find them. There's plenty of space for the driver to get comfortable and enjoy the raised view out of the cabin, and the interior feels more luxurious than in Mitsubishi's usual utilitarian vehicles.
    Five will fit inside without fuss and the boot will hold a family's luggage  it's bigger than a Nissan Qashqai's with the seats in place. Handy features include an extra 30 litres of storage hidden under the boot floor, and the rear seats fold flat easily without you having to flip up the bases first.
    All are well equipped  even basic models are fitted with alloy wheels, air-con and engine stop-start.

  • How reliable is it?

    The ASX doesn't feature in any JD Power ownership satisfaction surveys, but Mitsubishi finished in the bottom six for manufacturer ratings. Meanwhile the last survey saw the similarly priced Kia Sportage score top marks in every area, and win the study overall.
    The ASX's safety kit includes seven airbags, stability control and active headrests to help prevent whiplash. A five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests is reassuring. The ASX scored 86% for adult protection and 78% for child protection, so it's not as good as a Subaru XV for child safety.

  • Should I buy one?

    Prices are competitive, undercutting a Nissan Qashqai model-for-model. However, bear in mind that the ASX's resale values are lower, too. Running costs should be reasonable, with low insurance bills. Choose your servicing garage carefully though: the 9000-mile service interval for the diesel engine means you'll see a lot of them.