Road test: Mitsubishi ASX Diesel completes compact picture | CQ News

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The new Mitsubishi ASX 2.2-litre diesel now as an transmission.

THE small SUV is proving to be the growing sector in Australia almost 61,000 total last year easily the number of units sold in

With ambitious targets of its own to it makes sense that would want to strengthen its in a segment which until now has championed by the ASX with four variants and a 1.8-litre manual

Market research shows engines are now the on-trend choice three-quarters of buyers who are intending to buy a SUV, especially one under opting to stay away petrol-powered vehicles.

Mitsubishi is to use these choices to boost ASX (currently about 500 a month) and week unveiled a new diesel with a bigger 2.2-litre and an automatic transmission.

With the exception of new trim and Mitsubishi#39;s multi-media display the interior of the ASX 2.2-litre diesel is much the same as its petrol currently plying its trade on the

Inside the new Mitsubishi ASX.

The front are supportive and comfortable although a tad bolstering wouldn#39;t go astray enough leg room for a decent

Dials and controls are simple but but the feel is more utilitarian luxurious even in the up-specced which retains most of the plastics found in the entry

Seats in the second row are perhaps a too upright but passengers will travel in comfort thanks to success in eking out every of space possible.

The boot is decent for this class there is a dearth of smaller spots for all those incidentals.

Both these new ASX offerings are by the same 2.2-litre six-speed engines which have the Outlander a growing success and deliver a gutsy performance.

to handling and refinement show results with this ASX a more pleasant undertaking the petrol variants we have previously. It takes a bit to get going and some strong persuasion standstill but is more than at speed needing little once it has found its legs.

is clatter at idle as you would but this is ironed out soon – although road can be intrusive especially on less perfect tracks.

Our test was fairly demanding and the 2.2-litre stuck gainfully to the task we did feel the bumps a bit more we should have.

It was competent off the tarmac, too, and this is intended to be a city SUV and are unlikely to hit the bush, it is comforting to it can handle a bit of the rough stuff.

do you get?

The ASX stable already generous inclusions and the two new additions suit with the entry 2.2-litre diesel boasting a camera and sensors, 15.5cm with iPod and Bluetooth cruise control and keyless as standard.

The Aspire adds trim, 17-inch alloys, driver#39;s seat, panoramic sunroof, push-button start, front seats and Mitsubishi#39;s system.

Both models rear seats that 60:40, increasing the load in the base model from 416 to 1158 litres and to 1109 in the Aspire. Safety is five with seven airbags, brakes with EBD, and traction control and hill-start

Other contenders

Sales in the SUV market have doubled in the two years and with new entrants in the next six months competition is fierce. If this ASX diesel is to sales targets it will to find a way past the likes of the CX-5 (from $39,470), Tiguan (from $38,490), Dualis (from $29,990), Kia (from $35,490), and the Hyundai (from $34,990).


suggests to Mitsubishi that the market for the ASX is professional women 34-49 years, more than not with children.

To end this small SUV satisfies the of style, handling and price and the diesel comes added too. It is spacious and capable and has an inclusions list. In terms of for money the 2.2-litre base is your best bet.


Mitsubishi is rather of the official figure of 5.8 litres/100km puts the 2.2-litre diesel up the best in its class. We were to 8L/100km during our twisty first-drive course in the Adelaide with the car in 4WD for much of that so were pretty happy that.

The ASX is offered with Mitsubishi#39;s warranty and three-year/60,000km fixed-price The first three services are at $315 each with the one at $470.

Funky factor

The ASX was this year to show off a grille, front and rear and two-tone body. Lines are and neat with curves to add in a compact package which is to look at. As a city car the ASX is stylish and

Well, Mitsubishi has read the and shown its hand with a SUV that offers an overall package. These diesel built on value-for-money foundations go a long way to helping the Japanese achieve its aim of lifting its market in Australia by 6.4% this

What matters most

we liked: Improved gutsy sporty surges, impressive feature inclusions.

What like to see: Fewer plastics, more cabin

Warranty and servicing: Mitsubishi a five-year/130,000 kilometre warranty, servicing for three years or and five-year roadside assist


Model: ASX 2.2 Diesel.

Details: Five-door small SUV.

Transmission: automatic.

Engine: 2.2-litre turbo-diesel generating maximum of 110kW @ 3500rpm and peak of 360Nm between 1500rpm-2750rpm.

5.8 litres/100km (combined average).

line: $31,990 (base) and (Aspire). Plus on-roads.

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