Mitsubishi ASX review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard closeup
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD front cornering shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD rear cornering shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 front grille detail
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard closeup
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD panning shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD rear right panning shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD front end detail shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard detail
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard cluster detail
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD front cornering shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD rear cornering shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 front grille detail
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard closeup
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD panning shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD rear right panning shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD front end detail shot
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard detail
  • Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard cluster detail
What Car?’s ASX deals
Nearly new deals
From £22,199
In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The ASX is pretty cheap compared to its rivals. Its starting price undercuts the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq, and the only Nissan Qashqai you can buy for similar money is quite poorly equipped. Should you live somewhere that makes four-wheel drive a necessity rather than a luxury, it’s worth bearing in mind that an ASX with four driven wheels is much cheaper than similarly equipped rivals.

The ASX occupies higher insurance groups than most of its rivals. Servicing intervals are every 12 months or 12,500 miles and Mitsubishi offers fixed-price servicing packages, although these provide extra clarity but no big cost savings.

Exceed adds the option of an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, as well as some extra safety kit, but it’s otherwise not worth upgrading to. Although you might like the idea of the panoramic glass roof it comes with, taller buyers should be aware that it brings a compromise in head room, as our interior space section explains.

Mitsubishi ASX 2019 LHD dashboard closeup

Reliability

As a brand, Mitsubishi finished in a reasonable 13th place (out of 31 manufacturers) in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey for new cars, but the ASX wasn't represented as an individual model. In our 2018 survey, it finished in the bottom quarter of the family SUV class.

Overview

Although the ASX is well equipped and has a decent enough infotainment system, there are too many areas in which it is poor for us to recommend it. Despite soft springing, it isn’t particularly comfortable on badly surfaced roads, while the engine's inflexible power delivery makes driving the ASX hard work at times. Factor in relatively tight rear space and poor efficiency, and it becomes clear that it’s a long way off the class best.

  • Well equipped
  • Decent infotainment with smartphone connection as standard
  • Four-wheel drive handy for those that need it
  • Thrashy engine
  • Clunky gearboxes
  • Poor ride and handling