Mitsubishi ASX Zc-H 2.2 4 wd Auto

If you are in the market place to buy a crossover type vehicle you will probably head straight for Nissan and look at the Qashqai as it is the market leader, but, and it is a big but, I would like you to consider having a look at the Mitsubishi ASX, writes Bob Hickman.  The name Mitsubishi immediately creates visions of superb off-road vehicles almost akin to Land Rover in their ability to go anywhere and do anything. Think Mitsubishi and you might think Shogun or Outlander and in fact it is the Outlander that has most of the pedigree for the ASX. The ASX is actually built on the same platform as the Outlander so practicality and versatility are some of the key features of the ASX. The wheelbase is the same as the Outlander the passenger space in the ASX is superb, absolutely acres of space for a family to enjoy the vehicle and of course with the extra ride height that this type of vehicle gives you it makes for enjoyable driving for all members of the family.

I have to be honest and I need to get it out of the way early on in the report that I fell in love with the ASX, it is one of those vehicles that as soon as I sat in it I felt immediately comfortable, the awful cliché that everything felt to hand is just so correct with this particular vehicle, rarely in the past and I must drive dozens and dozens of vehicles a year have I felt so immediately comfortable in a vehicle. It had of course an added bonus that it is possible to choose between 2 and 4 WD,   sadly we had no deluge of snow to check out driving in those conditions.

The ASX range vary between a 2 and a 4WD and I think I have said this before, if I were the buyer I would always go for the 4WD option, I cannot see the point in buying this type of vehicle merely as a 2WD, it is almost a case of look at me look at what I have got, to me the 4WD option which on the ASX is electronically controlled, so you have the economy of running it normally in 2WD but when the going gets tough electronically you can switch to 4WD motion.

There is a choice of 3 engines, a 1.6-litre petrol, or two diesels, a 2.2-litre turbo  and a 1.8.  A 5-speed manual gearbox is fitted to the petrol derivative, and the diesels have a 6-speed manual gearboxes, my 2.2 was equipped with an automatic  gear box with the 4wd system.

The level of equipment on the whole of the range is quite extensive for example standard equipment includes alloy wheels, air conditioning auto/stop and go, active stability control, traction control, a keyless entry system, ABS brakes with electronic brake distribution and assist, a plethora of air bags including front, side and curtains, and I like the fact that the steering wheel for the driver has a tilt and a telescopic method of getting you comfortable in the multi-adjustable front seats.

There are 3 trim levels badged simplistically as ZC, M and H, C being the entry, M being the top specification that gains, a fully automatic air conditioning system and one touch starting, it also benefits with cruise control, heated seats, privacy glass, the controls are mounted on the steering wheel. The top of the specification also benefits, from leather seats and a Kenwood in-car entertaining which contains an iPod and satellite navigation and a reversing camera. For me the entry level would tick all the boxes that I need.

Mitsubishi have not overlooked safety features and the vehicle is Euro NCap as a 5*. Certain other features include extensive use of energy dispersion structuring and I do like the factor that Mitsubishi have tried to safeguard pedestrian injury aspects by including plastic front wings and energy absorbing front bumpers these may also feature if you do take the vehicle off-road and on a hill descent nudge things that you shouldn’t really be doing.

The performance and driving dynamics of the ASX were very rewarding, a trip to the Peak District enabled some off-roading on very muddy roads and tracks,    some dual carriageways and hilly roads in and around the hills of the Peak District near to the highest village in England Flash, the vehicle coped admirably at all times.

A healthy amount of luggage space could be incorporated and I particularly liked the little section underneath the boot floor that could be raised to hide certain valuable items that you do not want to be on view.

The performance aspects of my particular diesel derivative allowed for a 0 – 60 in 10 seconds, a top speed where legal of 118 mph, Mitsubishi suggest that the combined fuel figure should be in the vicinity of 48 mpg, I only managed to achieve 39mpg according to the on-board computer.

Sadly the CO emissions on both the petrol and the diesel are not low and therefore cheap road tax is not going to be a feature, my test 2.2 was quoted at 152 so no low or free excise duty on this vehicle.

The ASX has an unlimited mileage warranty, 12 year anti-corrosion and a 3-year Roadside Assistance package.

With prices starting at a low £15,249 and topping out at £24,899  you will certainly find a vehicle that should tick the box and I recommend you have a look at the Mitsubishi if you need this type of vehicle.