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.
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.