For The 1.6-litre engine performs adequately in most situations. This entry-level version is decent value for money, and includes air conditioning and keyless entry as standard.
Against The engine is loud under acceleration, and the cabin is a little dreary. Cheaper versions could do with a little more kit.
What Car? says
A lot of car for relatively little money, but if you can afford it, go for the 1.8-litre diesel ASX 3 trim, which includes far more kit.
What Car? readers say
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Target Price team says:
The Mitsubishi ASX is an interesting alternative to compact SUVs such as the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Qashqai. It's not as good an all-rounder as those cars, but it's usefully practical and, as long as you choose your model carefully, decent value for money.
We'd recommend sticking to the cheaper versions - these give you SUV looks and a generous standard of kit, for the same price as some fairly basic small family hatchbacks. Once you get into the higher realms of the price range, the ASX makes little sense, because many similarly priced rivals are better to drive and offer more space and power. Running costs are reasonable, but the ASX's diesel engine isn't as efficient as a Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi's.
Mitsubishi has an excellent reliability record, although dealers aren't exactly thick on the ground. In an age when 20,000-mile service intervals are commonplace, the 9000-mile intervals for the diesel-engined versions look somewhat antiquated.
Reader test team says:
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