New Mitsubishi ASX vs Seat Ateca vs Vauxhall Mokka X

Mitsubishi’s new ASX and the Vauxhall Mokka X offer a load of kit for an asking price of about £20k. Does that make them more appealing than an entry-level Seat Ateca for similar money?...

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What Car? team
19 June 2016

Our verdict

So, should you put your hard-earned £20,000 or so into an ASX, Mokka X or Ateca? Well, if you can live without the toys, it’s the Ateca. In the long run, it will cost you the least to own, which makes it a better investment – and you’ll really enjoy driving it. Okay, performance isn’t this 1.6 TDI model’s strongest suit, but it’s hardly gutless. Plus, the Ateca’s enjoyable handling continues to be a revelation in this class. And even if going around corners quickly isn’t your bag, you’ll appreciate the extra comfort and tranquillity it offers. The Ateca is the most practical, too.

On a purely financial level, the Mokka X is an attractive proposition. It’s by far the cheapest to run as a company car and should prove cheap to fuel, and because it’s so cheap to buy, the depreciation hit to your wallet over three years isn’t much worse than with the Ateca. The Mokka X is also really well equipped and is the only car here with standard sat-nav. It would have a broader appeal if only it were a bit better to drive, but its nervous handling, unsettled ride and noisy engine make it hard to recommend.

It’s a similar story with the ASX. With the exception of sat-nav, it comes with even more kit than the Mokka X, and it rides bumps in a more respectable fashion. However, refinement is woeful, the vague steering ruins the otherwise decent handling, the infotainment is one of the worst systems we’ve yet tried and, actually, with the exception of PCP finance deals, the ASX isn’t the bargain it initially looks to be. Put simply, it’s really best avoided.

1st – Seat Ateca


New Mitsubishi ASX vs Seat Ateca vs Vauxhall Mokka X

For Sparkling handling; spacious interior; quiet motorway cruiser

Against Disappointing standard equipment; dated infotainment

Verdict Most practical, cheapest over three years and you’ll actually enjoy driving it, but has meagre kit

Rated 4 out of 5

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New Mitsubishi ASX vs Seat Ateca vs Vauxhall Mokka X

For Feature-laden infotainment; standard kit; low CO2

Against Lumpy ride; stodgy handling; no active safety

Verdict Poor to drive, but cheap and well equipped

Rated 2 out of 5

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3rd – Mitsubishi ASX


New Mitsubishi ASX vs Seat Ateca vs Vauxhall Mokka X

For Strongest engine; decent high-speed ride; kit

Against Poor steering; engine noise; infotainment

Verdict Loads of toys, but still hard to recommend

Rated 2 out of 5

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Specifications: Mitsubishi ASX 1.6 DI-D 3

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel

List price £20,564

Target Price £19,336

Power 113bhp @ 3600rpm

Torque 199Ib ft @ 1750rpm

0-60mph 10.6sec

Top speed 113mph

Fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 119g/km

Specifications: Seat Ateca 1.6 TDI 115 Ecomotive S

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel

List price £20,870

Target Price £20,194

Power 114bhp @ 3250-4000rpm

Torque 184Ib ft @ 1500-3250rpm

0-60mph 10.6sec

Top speed 114mph

Fuel economy 65.7mpg

CO2 emissions 113g/km

Specifications: Vauxhall Mokka X 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex Design Nav

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel

List price £20,205

Target Price £18,342

Power 109bhp @ 3500rpm

Torque 221Ib ft @ 1750-2000rpm

0-60mph 10.6sec

Top speed 112mph

Fuel economy 72.4mpg

CO2 emissions 103g/km

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