Good points for ASX
MITSUBISHI has always risen to a challenge.
It has produced some memorable models and then moved on but with a few exceptions like the popular Shogun and L200 pick-ups.
The Japanese car maker has also set benchmarks with models like the Outlander MPV PHEV and it seemed only a matter of time before it entered the booming crossover sector with the ASX.
That was in 2010 and there have been four generations of the five-door and five-seat car since, improving features and raising prices each time and always appealing to buyers.
Now the range comprises a mixture of 115 or 117ps 1.6 petrol in front wheel drive form, 114ps 1.6 turbo-diesel as two-wheeldrive (2WD) or four-wheel-drive (4WD) and 150ps 2.2 TD in 4WD and, depending on choice of power, it has five or six-speed manual gearboxes or an automatic.
The Mitsubishi ASX was launched to build on the success of the company’s big Shogun off-roaders while meeting the needs of modern users who do not need the go-anywhere capability or towing ability but want to have more room than a conventional hatchback, and in some markets it’s called the Outlander Sport, reflecting its MPV nature.
The 1.6 petrol engine is a quick starter and has modest performance from rest but it’s obviously geared to make the most economy of the five ratios available in the manual gearbox.
It needs frequent up-changes to keep the power and acceleration flowing, and when you get into the top ratio you feel yet another gear is needed.
The lack of a sixth ratio on this car was definitely a shortcoming. It means the engine has to work hard through five gears, sounds noisy when pressed on the motorway and you see a low overall economy.
Thankfully the light progressive clutch and slick change through the ratios mean it is almost effortless in town or cross country, just annoying you have to keep changing gear as the engine’s power characteristics mean it is not particularly flexible, another reason for the high fuel consumption.
Steering has a good turning circle, it’s light but retains good feedback, and it did not suffer from vibration or kickback.