Need to know
Exterior and Interior Styling
The practical nature of the ASX means it’ll carry four adults with ease, thanks to plenty of leg and headroom in the front and back. Admittedly, there’s nothing much to get excited about the interior – the centre stack is blandly laid out and on upper grades the sat-nav system is tricky to use. But that said, the controls on the whole are easy to find and use and storage is plentiful, with a large 442 litres of boot space, with no load lip and seats that fold completely flat.
The ASX 2.2 is only offered in top ‘4’ trim, which comes with plenty of standard gear, including a panoramic glass roof, climate control, leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers. It also comes with sat nav, but be warned that it's an aftermarket system that can be difficult to use.
What to look for
The engine line-up includes a new 2.2-litre diesel. It’s offered in conjunction with a six-speed automatic gearbox and is the most powerful engine in the range, producing 150PS and a healthy 360Nm of torque. Official fuel economy is 48.7mpg and emissions are 153g/km – not bad when you consider that it has four-wheel drive and an automatic 'box.
It’s the same 2.2-litre diesel and six-speed torque-convertor automatic as you get in the larger Outlander and in the ASX it offers impressive performance. On the move there’s ample torque for overtaking, climbing steep hills and easy motorway driving.
On the road the ASX 2.2 Auto is rewarding and enjoyable. The gearbox is smooth, with slick gear changes that are comfortable and predictable, both on the up and down change. The ASX is also surefooted - even on rough, undulating roads – inspiring confidence, which is helped in no small part by well-weighted steering and a commanding driving position.
The 2.2-litre diesel is only offered with four-wheel drive but under normal conditions it acts like a front-wheel drive car. If it needs more traction at the rear then the system will send up to a third of the power to the back wheels. If things are particularly slippery then the driver can select a 50/50 lock torque split, handy in snow or in the mud.
Mitsubishi has tweaked the ASX in other areas as well: the suspension has been revised to give a more comfortable ride, plus extra sound deadening material has been added to make the cabin quieter. The interior itself has been overhauled with a soft-touch dashboard covering and an LED-lit panoramic sunroof.
What we like
It might be a bit rough around the edges, but the updated ASX is an appealing car. The 2.2-litre diesel offers good performance and makes sense if you need an automatic, but our favourite car in the range is the two-wheel drive 1.6 petrol.
However, if you are in the market for a four-wheel drive 2.2 diesel and want affordable servicing and a reputation for reliability, then there’s no reason this car will not fulfil your needs. It might not be as plush and refined as a Hyundai ix35, but it’s a good car, especially for someone who wants a vehicle that can excel in both rural and urban environments.