Designed as a direct rival to the Nissan Qashqai, the ASX will come with a choice of two engines – a 115bhp 1.6 petrol, or a 147bhp 1.8 diesel – with prices starting at £14,999 for the entry-level petrol, rising to £22,049 for the range-topping four-wheel-drive diesel.
Greener by design
An engine stop-start system, low-rolling-resistance tyres and regenerative braking help to produce impressively low CO2 emissions of between 135g/km and 150g/km. Average economy ranges from 47.1mpg to 51.4mpg.
The ASX comes in three trims: ASX 2, ASX 3 and ASX 4. Standard equipment on ASX 2 models includes:
• front, side and curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag
• engine stop-start system
• alloy wheels
• stability and traction controls
• keyless entry
• CD player
• climate control
• engine start button
• cruise control
• heated seats
• privacy glass
• leather-covered steering wheel and gearknob
• automatic lights and wipers
• chrome exterior detailing
ASX 4 trim adds:
• leather seats
• reversing camera
• Kenwood stereo incorporating MP3-player control
The ASX has the maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, along with whiplash-reducing seats and up to seven airbags. There's also brake assist, stability and traction controls, and an emergency stop signal system – which automatically switches on hazard warning lights.