Mitsubishi ASX

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Mitsubishi ASX

Sunshine Coast, Qld

we liked

Spacious interior

equipment for the price

Powerful, diesel

Not so much

Jumping suspension

Manual clutch and oversensitive

Overall rating:

Engine/Drivetrain/Chassis: 3.0/5.0

Price, and Practicality: 4.0/5.0


Behind the wheel: 3.0/5.0


— Addressing the gap

Mitsubishi’s ASX comes as yet more that the SUV has settled into life. Following in the footsteps of Dualis and Hyundai’s ix35, the latest compact SUV release inclusion of a 2WD-only base suggests the sales pitch on the romance of bush and outback is with the acceptance that vehicles have their own in city driving environments.

The ASX Mitsubishi’s GS platform with the and Outlander models. The company the vehicle is designed to plug a gap those two models. It’s a gap which it was worried about potentially loyal customers to serving up the softroader benefits of space and high riding in a more compact, city-friendly package.

The company’s research it was vulnerable in this respect on two fronts: urban couples infants arrived or imminent and after a city lifestyle with a spot of bush when they needed it.

they’ve come up with is a whose title stands for Smart X-over’, designed to not just SUV buyers but those at conventional compacts as well Corolla, Mazda3, Hyundai i30 and the


— value

The ASX reflects the heat of in this sector, with kit screaming value-for-money to all small car The base model ASX 2WD ($25,990) wheel-mounted cruise, climate seven airbags (front, full length curtain and kneebag), hill start 16 inch alloys, trip height- and reach-adjustable steering, stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs, alarm. A six-step CVT is a $2500 option.

Step up to the ASX 4WD and the drivetrain option hits a in the road, allowing buyers to between the 2.0-litre petrol with CVT or the 1.8-litre turbodiesel six-speed manual transmission for the $31,990. But that’s it: at this there’s no manual petrol and no auto for the oiler (yet they’re working on it, but it’s 18 months away). This gets Bluetooth 2.0 for mobile and audio streaming, wheel-mounted controls, reversing sensors, and a bit of extra chrome trim.

For who want a petrol manual, of the above comforts are available to 2WD in an optional Convenience Pack for

The topline ASX Aspire (pictured; petrol CVT or diesel manual) 17-inch alloys, full (extending to door panels, and console), powered driver’s adjustment, keyless ignition, headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, a CD/DVD Rockford Fosgate audio upgrade. Mitsubishi’s System (MMCS) integrating satnav and telephony systems a 40GB HDD (15GB available for storage) and a 7-inch screen to a reversing camera is standard, as is more chrome.

Aspire customers can add a panoramic roof with power-operated interior blind for $800.

Petrol or diesel

The ASX lineup with a choice of petrol or power plants.

The 2.0-litre engine is lifted straight the Lancer. Mitsubishi’s claims of combined-cycle fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions put the petrol ASX at the top of its class .

The turbodiesel has been purpose for the vehicle since it first as the Concept CX at the 2007 Frankfurt show. It claims class on both fronts too — combined and 154g/km CO2.

The is relatively sophisticated for its segment, a variable geometry turbo minimise lag and maximise output. helped on the latter front by valve timing inherited Mitsubishi’s petrol powerplants.

it matches the petrol engine’s power of 110kW (both at high revs — for the diesel, 6000rpm for the petrol) as usual, considerably exceeding it for at lower revs — at 2000rpm against 197Nm at

4WD and Aspire models get Mitsubishi’s All Control (AWC) allowing to switch via a console mounted dial between front drive for more economical in urban conditions and 4WD mode through a viscous coupling diff.

It’s a sophisticated for this end of the market, monitoring and road speeds, road and driver inputs to vary the torque split moment to and pushing anything from per cent of the twist through to the A separately switchable 4WD Lock pushes the ASX to the premium end of its class for ability.

Much of its underpinnings the ASX inherits the Outlander. While the springs on the MacPherson strut and rear suspension have been and the stabiliser bar reduced reflecting a advantage of around 200kg, it its larger sibling’s 294 ventilated and 302mm solid rear brakes, giving the smaller ASX a gift of extra stopping

Mitsubishi has updated the power package to include electrical removing its hydraulic predecessor’s on engine efficiency.

The ASX is essentially a truncated Outlander. But the fact that virtually all the has taken place behind the axle, it’s surprisingly offering 416 litres with the split-fold rear seats up. them and you can push this to

The rear seats don’t perfectly flat, and optional spare raises the floor a but it remains highly useable

Rear passengers are well for with reasonable shoulder and enough legroom with but a Harlem Globetrotter up front. of height and fore-aft front adjustment combine with a and rake-adjustable wheel to make it to find a comfortable driving

Mitsubishi ASX

Mitsubishi’s claims to ‘soft interior materials are contestable, at down the lower end of the range. touch-look’ might be a more way to describe the matt-textured fascia Nevertheless, the ASX’s interior fit and put it up at the desirable end of its class.

Reflecting the ASX’s tilt conventional small hatch the company has put considerable effort NVH reduction, with foam-filled across the range and extra sound deadening in the Aspire.


Safety kit is comprehensive the ASX range, with every getting seven airbags dual front and front-side, length curtains and a driver’s The full active safety includes stability and traction and antilock brakes with brake distribution and brake Emergency stop warning activate during high-G

Increasing preoccupation with safety, particularly in Europe, has the company designing a centre into the ASX’s bonnet, more space between metal and the engine beneath it, the landing for any unfortunate sent by the front end. For those peoples’ protection, the front are made of plastic, which has the benefit of being deformable to withstand low-speed impacts.

with the ASX’s local crash testing confirmed the car has a five-star rating.

— segment

At the press launch, was explicitly pitching the ASX’s numbers against Nissan’s Hyundai’s ix35 and Volkswagen’s But the potential field of competitors is far arguably taking in 4WDs Suzuki’s SX4 to Subaru’s Forester new high-ride Impreza variant) and CR-V and the vast compact market — arguably from the well-specced end of the littlie like the Ford Fiesta or Econetic through the aforementioned Japanese and Korean models to Euro hatches like 308 and Volvo’s C30.

While there’s some in its pricing range, which is to plug the gap between high-end and the base Outlander, the company is the ASX defines its own territory sufficiently not to those models’ existing

— All present and correct

engines are capable of shifting the 1345-1525kg (depending on spec) at a decent pace.

The CVT transcends of its ilk in auto mode, with of the groaning tones in evidence on In manual mode, we got an entertaining out of it on the twists and undulations around Mt Mee, particularly in third and in paddle-equipped upspec models.

The are mounted on the column rather the wheel, but that’s forgivable they’re more about than performance in a relatively machine like this. The overrides the driver when the get high — some way redline, in fact — but this isn’t a Ferrari.

evidences that more how high you sit. Which is to high enough to be a problem for and over, particularly in the rear of an model with the glass whose power assisted consumes a bit of headroom. This, it is characteristic of the class — the front seats feel bar stools even at rock-bottom.

plenty of fun to be had with the oiler, if the throw on the manual shift the shortest in the field. It responds to right foot commands

The suspension has more bounce we might have liked. the ASX sits reasonably composed the bends, there’s a little wallow and roll in evidence is desirable when pushed. It has an effect on the steering, which is a bit and devoid of feel.

But with a turning circle it feels tight, giving the ASX a sense of a shorter wheelbase than it

On the drive program’s relatively stretch of dirt, we only got a into the 2WD CVT. This was bad in not us a crack at the four-paw model in its but good in that we’d established the manual clutch is made for tar — read: way too and sensitive to be much chop the going gets rough. My travelling companion deemed it girly.

For a front-wheel drive it with aplomb on the soft

Wind and road noise manageable — the big exterior didn’t help, but their in the urban traffic and carparks for the ASX was conceived would undoubtedly their shortcomings at speed.

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Published. Wednesday, 28 2010

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