Mitsubishi ASX Aspire Diesel 4WD new car review

24 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Mitsubishi ASX Aspire Diesel 4WD new car review
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diesel performance

Heaps of kit for the

Five-year warranty and capped-price


Diesel engine quite a gem

Some on-road

Bland cabin ambience

love their automatics and also pretty big fans of these days.

Yet for some or other many Japanese have found this drivetrain combination hard to offering only manual-gearbox and cruelling their chances most buyers in the process.

But the is turning.#160; Mazda #160; has this limitation from of its diesel-car catalogue and#160; #160;has started the process a#160; new auto version of its oiler .

Mitsubishi . too, has a new two-pedal diesel version of its ASX as of a wider MY14 update of its cheapest SUV.

What do you get?

You can get into a ASX from $24,990 but the new diesel a rather more hefty commitment, kicking off at $31,990 on-road costs.

Some of the for the base diesel model is by it being 4WD rather than 2WD entry-level petrols. The new (and six-speed automatic transmission and 2.2-litre engine (in place of the 1.8) account for the rest.

The ASX diesel gets the same as its entry-level petrol equivalents. not especially luxurious but nor does it for much, with climate cruise control, Bluetooth, stereo, voice control and alloy wheels all part of the

The Mitsubishi#8217;s safety artillery seven airbags, stability rear parking sensors, camera and five-star ANCAP #8211; is just as hard to And with a five-year/130,000km warranty and capped-price servicing, ownership is to be a brow-furrowing experience.

We tested the glitzier of the two ASX diesels the Aspire, which adds trim, heated front satellite navigation (accessed via a 7-inch touch-screen system), entry/start and panoramic roof for a reasonable $36,490 plus

What’s inside?

The ASX has little to offer than your small hatchback when it to carting people and luggage.

space is adequate rather generous for …-sized folk, occupants taller than will find the Aspire#8217;s roof limits head

The 416-litre boot, too, usefully shaped, usefully with the back seats and marginally bigger than you get in like#160; Ford Kuga Mazda CX-5 #160;and#160; Dualis . is quite short. And a dreaded space-saver spare the floor is quite high.

Up front, buyers will the ASX#8217;s easy access, space, good vision and small-item storage, as well as the Japanese-car simplicity of most of its and switchgear.

However, its strong isn#8217;t matched by the ambience. The ASX more soft-touch plastics some Mitsubishis but plenty of nastier stuff is still in and the leather trim feels There#8217;s a sobriety to the all-grey scheme and lack of originality to the that stops it well of being inspiring.

Mitsubishi ASX

Under the

The ASX#8217;s new 2.2-litre diesel isn#8217;t the big kid in the diesel sandpit. diesels of similar capacity out significantly more power and than its 110kW/360Nm peaks, and the one in CX-5 manages to do it while the Mitsubishi#8217;s 5.8L/100km official rating as well (albeit by 0.1L/100km)

Don#8217;t go looking for a model of flair or silver-tongued refinement, The ASX diesel gets a bit wheezy revved, redlines at a comparatively 4000rpm and isn#8217;t particularly or quiet.

It does, though, up massively superior driveability to its siblings. Solid, determined is never more than a of the ankle away and the six-speed doles out the grunt very so the lack of high-rev flair is noticed. It#8217;s a relaxed performer, effortless open-road and also offers a handy braked towing capacity.

You call it thirsty either, if our 7.3L/100km test average was way off the official claim.

On the road

This is a broadly competent to drive. It#8217;s usefully in tight urban situations, a agile and totally predictable and the ride soaks up most and bumps without fuss. #8216;all wheel control offers the versatility of 2WD, 4WD and 4WD modes for different conditions.

But also room for improvement. The goes through a phase of low-speed lumpiness before down at open-road speeds, and plenty of tyre roar on roads as well.

Floor the out of a corner in 2WD, meanwhile, and the wheel lights up with while the steering combines a of feel with crude over sharp bumps.

not as well tied-down as the best-driving SUVs, nor does the stability system show much in curbing the extravagances of over-enthusiastic Diesels, too, lose a of ground clearance compared to petrol equivalents (180mm 195mm).


If you must have an and can afford to shell out over and what you#8217;d pay for a petrol this new diesel is the one to target. It the Mitsubishi#8217;s competency, sharp enticing ownership assets and in a dose of easygoing driveability and as well.

However, it#8217;s hard to shake the feeling the Mitsubishi is also an urban SUV for getting the job done at the good rather than resetting or tickling emotions. That happen until it#8217;s special inside, drives and squeezes out more grunt and under the bonnet.

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