Mitsubishi’s model line-up is fairly small, but of all its cars the ASX is the one with most mainstream appeal – it’s a conventional small SUV that’s attractively (if forgettably) styled, offers a choice of petrol or diesel engines and is available with front- or four-wheel drive.
If the ASX looks smaller than its big-named rivals that’s because it is; it’s 8cm shorter than a Nissan Qashqai, for instance, and 27cm shorter than a Honda CR-V. It’s well packaged, however, with a cabin that’s surprisingly roomy, and prices that undercut those of most mainstream rivals. True, the driving experience offers little for those that crave sportiness from their SUV, and interior quality and refinement aren’t in the league of a Nissan Qashqai (or many other rivals for that matter). However, the ASX is comfortable and relatively cheap to buy, which goes some way towards making up for its flaws.
The 1.6 petrol is worth a look if your mileage is low or you’re on a tight budget. However, for most buyers, the 1.8 diesel is worth the extra for its better fuel economy and stronger low-rev performance. Either way, 3 trim gets you plenty of kit for a reasonable price.