We bought this car to replace an Avensis estate and wanted something smaller but with room to carry largish objects. We drove a Yeti and Qashqai but the ASX just felt smoother and nicer to handle. The gearbox is a dream - notchy (i.e. you can feel exactly where each gear is) but silky smooth. My wife found the steering perfect - just the right amount of feel at all speeds. With the Avensis, folding rear seats was a pain - all headrests had to be removed, then seat squabs lifted; ASX seats fold without these needs and offer masses of space, far bigger than the short length would suggest. It has a longer wheelbase than most similar cars, and of course this gives a smoother ride overall. The low-compression diesel is incredibly quiet, in fact sounds more like a petrol engine; on acceleration you hear only a rustle rather than the usual diesel clatter, though at speed on the motorway this silence does allow you to hear some tyre noise (ours are Yokohamas). We are getting good fuel economy, though my wife does like to floor the accelerator often - which gives you a real push in he back from the powerful intercooled turbo. It's easy to see why there are many 25-year old Mitsubishis on the roads - despite a light body, all controls in the car feel extremely solid. And it has a timing chain, so there's no timimg belt changes every 3 or 4 years ! There are electronic displays and automatic functions galore - too many for me to get the hang of !
David Waddington, Dorset, October 20th 2013