Driving position and dashboard
The dashboard is simple and sensibly arranged, with straightforward rotary controls for the air-conditioning that are within easy reach, but the digital display between the instrument dials is rather small and hard to read. All versions have a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and height and there’s plenty of foot space around the pedals
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 Dynamic models have a four-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat. An extendable front central armrest is standard on all trims.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
As well as the raised driving position that many SUV buyers crave, the ASX has reasonably slim front pillars so you get 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 can make reversing into a tight spot a little tricky. Fortunately, all models come with a rear-view camera as standard.
Sat nav and infotainment
All ASX models come with an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a pair of easily accessible USB ports above the cubby in front of the gearlever. Jump to Dynamic trim and you also get TomTom navigation bundled in.
Although it can’t match the sharpness of the Karoq or Ateca’s display, it is at least easy to use, with big icons and an impressive level of responsiveness. Even pinching to zoom into or out of the map doesn’t cause the system any issue, and connecting a smartphone is easy enough. With that in mind, it certainly beats the Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008’s systems, even if it still falls behind the Ateca and Karoq.
The design of the ASX’s dashboard might look rather old now, but there are squishy plastics on the dash and top of the front doors to help it feel a little plusher. Start prodding the surfaces lower down or scrutinising the materials and switches with more conviction, though, and you’ll find an abundance of hard, shiny plastics along with some flimsy feeling controls. And while it generally seems built to last, there are areas where it lacks solidity, such as the way you’ll notice the central armrest moving slightly when you put your weight against it.
In short, it feels cheaper inside than many rivals, including the Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca.