I currently own a 15 year old Land Rover Discovery Tdi and have the pleasure of taking the Mitsubishi ASX 3 1.6 every now and then for a few weeks. The vast majority of my cars have been diesels as I prefer the relaxed driving style and always considered smaller petrol engines as abit weak.
Being honest this preconception about smaller petrol engines was reinforced when I first drove the ASX, it does need to be worked hard when making fast progress but its a very smooth free revving unit so is a joy to wind up, engine noise is an issue even at low revs its quite boomy and doesn't make a particularly sporty noise. The ride is fantastic, its supple yet very stable, soaking up awful road surfaces as well as stupidly large speed humps really well. Handling again is a revelation for this type of car, body roll is kept to a minimum and front end grip is very good only progressing to very manageable understeer when pressed too hard, one thing to note is that the ESP and TC are very quick to kick in allowing practically no slip compared to my previous 2010MY Ford Focus which allowed that little bit of slip before kicking in.
Steering is very light but weights up progressively at speed making town driving in combination with very light controls a doddle but higher motorway speed a joy also, interior is very functional and looks to be wearing well, fuel economy is good when driven sensible currently around 38-40mpg town driving and around 46-47mpg driving at "motorway speeds".
Don't listen to WhatCar. The engine is quiet and refined, slight wind noise from the mirrors only happens at motorway speeds in crosswinds. This car isn't a rocket away from the lights but it has plenty of mid range punch. The leather seats are truly the most comfortable I have experienced in 50 years of motoring with fantastic back support. Our first trip in this car took us on an 1800 mile trip from the South of England to the Outer Hebrides and Skye. All sorts of roads, all sorts of conditions including a very hairy bit of 4wd. It was excellent. With the 1.8 diesel it did exactly 10 miles to the litre - 45.4 mpg. As for the service interval I think that 9,000 miles is a very good time to replace the oil and filter. Longer and you will damage an engine on any car. The slightly raised cabin is great. The top of the range 4 model comes with every concievable extra. The Bluetooth is easy to set up, just get into the car and it connects. The iPod works great too with a fantastic on screen display. We were able to sit and watch a DVD whilst waiting for a Hebrides ferry. Having also tried the Quashquai I am puzzled why this car isn't recommended. It goes much better, is more comfortable and seems just as refined? I would strongly recommend this car to anyone considering buying a crossover. It is brilliant and excellent value for money. Ignore the rather unenthusiastic review and give it a test drive.
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