Mitsubishi ASX 4x4 Road Test 2018

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Mention #Mitsubishi and it’s the #L200, the almost mythical #Shogun, the hybrid OutlanderPHEV and for a dedicated few the all conquering #Evo that come to mind. First appearing back in 2010 the #ASX in both 2WD and 4WD guises was and still is the Japanese manufacturer’s equivalent of Skoda’s Yeti and now Karoq, Kia’s Sportage and the various Peugeot and Citroen crossovers.


Problem is even with its latest makeover the ASX still doesn’t tick the lifestyle boxes.


It isn’t especially trendy, it doesn’t major with all the must have gizmos, there’s no fashionable colour schemes or hybrid version. Instead it champions practicality, functionality, affordability and in the case of the 4WD version, is remarkably capable off road. Problem is, the main buyers of the SUV style hatchback don’t place 4x4 ability at the top of their buying list, its more a case of do I look good in this. The answer is probably not!


The newly refreshed look has given the ASX a far softer look. The once wide mouth is actually still there but more streamlined front lights, chrome inserts and bar across the grille have subdued the previous version’s gapping frontal appearance. In profile the ASX has remained more or less the same, high sweeping waist and light lines, high cut arches, four large doors and a full sized tailgate have all retained the ASX’s practical applications. Riding on 18” alloys with 225/55 tyres with multi link, coils and stabiliser bar suspension on the front, at the rear a torsion beam and coils, the ASX offers a usable 180mm ground clearance, the overall ASX appearance being more off road orientated than others.


The cabin is overtly Mitsubishi to a degree Shogun and L200 drivers will feel instantly at home. The minimalist instrumentation and onboard readout relay information at a glance, three large centrally located rotary dials control the climate and a central touch screen controls the satnav, CD player, Bluetooth connection along with more minor information. A thick leather multi-function steering wheel gives control over entertainment volume, cruise and telephone whilst all passengers have individual choice over the temperature of their heated leather seats.


A panoramic glass roof significantly increases cabin brightness whilst soft textured surfaces straddle the line between a mildly upmarket interior and a wipe clean working environment. And whilst you can’t deny the ASX’s interior is of a decent quality and that everything you need is there, the workaday appearance means it fall visually short of what potential buyers will be looking for, irrespective of the fact many of the now must haves are actually inconsequential. Basically, the ASX interior is conventional, sensible and functional in appearance which means no vivid citrus coloured knobs, dials or surrounds.


Besides offering more than sufficient shoulder, head and leg room for up to five passengers, the ASX offers 419 litres of cargo space with the rear seats upright, 1,169 litres with them folded plus a roof capacity of 80kg and a towing max of 1,400kg. Marginally less than some of the more recent additions to the hatchback SUV market but insignificant enough to make them irrelevant.


Up front ASX buyers can select from either 2WD or 4WD along with a 117hp 1.6 petrol, a 114hp 1.6 diesel or as tested a 150hp 2.2 diesel mated to either 5 or 6 speed manual transmissions or 6 speed automatic with sequential mode using either the shift or paddles.


Transfer between 2WD and 4WD is carried out by depressing the large button just to the rear of the autoshift. In the main most drivers will run the 4WD models in 2WD until there’s a surface change. Depressing the button once brings in 4x4 Automatic a second press locks the system into a 52:48% drive split front and rear. Delivering 360Nm of torque along with approximately 38.9 average mpg or around 480 miles per 60 litre tank of fuel, the economy improves considerably on more extended runs, 44mpg easily attainable at motorway cruising speeds. No where near the 48.7mpg suggested by the factory, whilst the actual figures are acceptable to a degree, the 2.2 litre ASX rather looses out by comparison alone.


With a minimum 2.8 turns of the wheel turning circle of 10.6 meters and excellent all round visibility, add in the ASX’s slightly elevated ride height and this little hatchback is easy and rather pleasurable to drive. At times over uneven surfaces the ride fidgets a little but not uncomfortably so. In the main the ASX handles well only a mild hint of understeer when pushed hard. If there is an interesting trait it’s the twitch of torque steer under harsh acceleration but only when running in 2WD. Dial in 4WD Auto and the mild snap of the leather steering wheel is immediately eliminated. Off road the ASX is a completely different story, rutted tracks, muddy fields and less than friendly surfaces the ASX’s natural environment.


Mitsubishi has a longstanding reputation for designing and manufacturing some of the best 4x4 vehicles on the market, the ASX no exception. Whilst there will be occasions when the ASX will have to give best to the Shogun or the L200, it won’t be on that regular a basis. Even in conditions that will bring hardcore 4x4’s to a halt or situations many similar AWD SUV’s wouldn’t even consider, the ASX just keeps going and does it with ease, all that’s asked of the driver being concentration and common sense.


Keeping things relatively simple, the ASX specifications are 2,3,4 and 5 although there’s no hint of what might have become of the 1. Basically, the petrol or diesel 2 and 3 are 2WD manuals whilst 4 and 5 are 4WD diesels in either manual or automatic. Whichever one suits your requirements, all ASX come with comprehensive 5 year/62,000 warranty, a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty and 3 years pan-European roadside assistance.


Price wise the entry level 1.6 petrol 2 comes in at £16,255 climbing to £28,905 for the 5 spec ASX seen here. Competitively priced and a remarkably capable all round SUV, for whatever reason Mitsubishi’s ASX hatchback still remains below most buyers’ radar. Take it from me, it shouldn’t!


By; Mark Stone