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Mitsubishi ASX review

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Mitsubishi ASX
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10 Dec 2015 14:40 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:19

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Mitsubishi ASX estate driving position

The dashboard is simple and sensibly arranged, with straightforward rotary controls for the air-conditioning and a high-stacked centre console that’s easy to see and reach. The digital display between the instrument dials is rather small and hard to read, but there’s plenty of foot space around the pedals, while all versions have a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and height.

The driver’s seat is comfortable to sit on, but doesn’t support you very well in corners, leaving you hanging on to the steering wheel for stability. All models have seat-height adjustment and top-spec cars have a four-way electrically adjustable seat. An extendable front central armrest is standard on all trims apart from the entry-level 2 version.

Mitsubishi ASX estate visibility

As well as the raised driving position that SUV buyers crave, the ASX has reasonably slim front pillars, so there’s a clear view of the road ahead. Large door mirrors help you to see what’s drawing up alongside, but the ASX’s tapering roofline results in a fairly shallow rear screen, and that makes reversing into a tight spot a little tricky. At least all-bar the entry-level models come with a rear-view camera, while front and rear parking sensors are available as a dealer-fit accessory.

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Mitsubishi ASX estate infotainment

All ASX models come with Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, but there’s no touchscreen or DAB radio on the basic 2 trim. For that you need to upgrade to 3 trim, which has a 6.0in touchscreen.

Next up is a 7.0in touchscreen on the trim 4 and above, which adds sat-nav. This is one of the least effective systems in the class; the screen isn’t particularly high resolution so the graphics look fuzzy, it’s not very responsive to inputs and the menus are confusing. The quality of the Bluetooth connection isn’t that great, either, making it tricky to hear or be heard when making phone calls. The Mokka X, Ateca and the Qashqai all offer more modern, more useable alternatives.

Mitsubishi ASX estate build quality

The design of the ASX’s dashboard looks quite attractive, and higher trims get gloss-black finishes that raise the interior’s ambience. Yet start prodding the surfaces or scrutinising the materials with more conviction and you’ll find an abundance of hard, shiny plastics. And while generally it seems well screwed together, there are areas where it lacks solidity, such as the way to the centre console moves slightly if you put your weight against the armrest.

In short, it feels a cheaper place to reside than seemingly plusher rivals, including the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca.

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