2019 Mitsubishi ASX – price, specs and release date
Family SUV gets a new look, a new engine and an upgraded infotainment system...
On sale: Summer 2019 | Price from: £20,000 (est)
If you're in the market for a budget family SUV, the Mitsubishi ASX might well end up on your shortlist. Its attractive prices – which in some cases undercut even family hatchbacks – mean it's an affordable yet practical choice. And now there's a facelifted version, which has been designed to keep the ASX competitive against the likes of the Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq and Nissan Qashqai.
The most obvious design change to is a new grille, designed to bring the car in line with the larger, newer Eclipse Cross. There's also LED lighting at the front and rear and new paint colours for buyers to choose from.
The sole engine is a new 2.0-litre petrol, available with either a five-speed manual or six-speed CVT automatic gearbox. We'd stick with the former unless you really want an automatic, because CVT units send engine revs flaring when you ask for a spurt of acceleration.
Inside, the ASX features redesigned infotainment presented on an 8.0in touchscreen. Among its new features is the ability to play videos from a USB memory stick when the vehicle is stopped. Range-topping versions also get sat-nav with real-time traffic data. Infotainment is one area where the current ASX scores poorly, so this new system should be an improvement.
Prices aren't expected to increase much over the current car, with the range likely to start from around £20,000. That means the ASX will continue to undercut most of its key rivals on price – and discounts should lower the amount you'll pay even further. As a guide, What Car? New Car Buying can save you up to £1475 on the current ASX.
Read on to find out whether the ASX makes our list of the best family SUVs.
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The best (and worst) family SUVs 2019
Buying a car that will transport and protect your family is one of life’s most important decisions. That's why we've gathered together our favourite family SUVs that cater for the growing number of people looking for a mix of space, practicality and sensible running costs, but also a raised ride height and off-road looks.
Practicality is paramount, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of a decent drive. We’re looking for tidy handling, smooth engines and a ride that is comfy enough to ensure the kids aren’t left feeling queasy.
And along with good space inside, we’d like to see a high-quality interior and an infotainment system that’s easy to use and packed with the latest features.
10. Toyota C-HR
The C-HR sits below the RAV4 in Toyota's SUV line-up. Even the cheapest Icon trim comes with a decent amount of kit, and there's also a hybrid version that will help keep running costs down.
Decent to drive and generously equipped, the C-HR makes a good case for itself, especially if you're a company car driver and opt for the hybrid version. However, it's pricer to buy than rivals and doesn't have much space for rear-seat passengers.
Welcome to a French take on the hugely popular Nissan Qashqai – the equally intriguingly named Renault Kadjar. The Kadjar is also a rival to the Kia Sportage, Seat Ateca and Skoda Yeti, but it's the aforementioned Nissan that it has most in common with, because it uses the same underpinnings and engines.
The Renault Kadjar undercuts many of its rivals on costs and CO2 emissions. It's an outstanding option if you’re after a spacious family SUV.
8. Audi Q3
The second-generation Audi Q3 offers a stunning interior, complete with Audi's latest MMI infotainment system. It also has plenty of space for both passengers and luggage. All in, it's a very compelling proposition, even if its ride can sometimes be a little firm and some of its engines can sound rough.
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