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Mitsubishi ASX Buyers Guide

The Mitsubishi ASX is a compact crossover car which is ideal as a family vehicle. The design of the car was inspired by the Evo X performance saloon, and the car has won a great deal of praise for being spacious on the inside, well-equipped with a wide range of standard equipment including advanced safety features, and reasonably cheap to run. Of course no car is perfect, so the other side of the coin is that the Mitsubishi ASX has been criticised for being less exciting to drive than competitors such as the Skoda Yeti, but it has always been the case that fun and excitement do not usually go together with practicality and safety.

In terms of its design features and appearance the Mitsubishi ASX shares the same front section as the more performance oriented Evo X car. The rest of the car is well proportioned and attractive looking, without being flamboyant.

Due to the compact size of the car the ASX is easier to manoeuvre than the other larger models produced by Mitsubishi. A choice of 1.6-litre petrol engine or 1.8-litre diesel engine is available for this car, the latter of which is offered with both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options. The 1.8-litre diesel engine is the first in the world to use variable valve timing, and when the vehicle is idling the engine drops down to 600rpm to help in reducing the car’s fuel consumption. Both engines are combined with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Both of the engine choices have been designed to give the best possible fuel efficiency. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is able to manage 47.mpg, while the 1.8-litre diesel can deliver 51.0mpg with CO2 emissions which range from 135g/km to 145g/km, making this a cleaner running car than either the Skoda Yeti or the Nissan Qashqai, which are two of the car’s biggest selling competitors.

Considering the compact size the ASX has a large boot storage space of 442-litres - larger than its predecessor - so if space is important do not go for a used Mitsubishi ASX. The rear seating section can be split, and incorporates a ski hatch. For passengers in the back of the car there is a good amount of space, which compares well with many other models.

To improve the safety of the driver and passengers this car is equipped with a wide range of safety equipment and driver assistance systems such as stability control, traction control, brake assist, sever airbags including a passenger airbag deactivation option and a driver’s knee airbag, and Isofix child seat mounting points in the back of the vehicle.