Mitsubishi ASX Review

Mitsubishi ASX

The Mitsubishi ASX range...

List Price

£20,705 - £26,475

Acceleration (0-62mph)

10.2 - 12.5 seconds

Top speed

118 - 118 mph

Engine Power

150 - 150 bhp

CO2 Emissions

161 - 167 g/km

Fuel Economy (Combined)

38.7 - 40.4 mpg

Prices & Specification

Spacious; well equipped; economical to run.


Unattractive interior;noisy;not a lot of fun to drive.

The Mitsubishi ASX is a practical, family crossover – a mix between a hatchback and an off-roader. It is economical to run and comes with plenty of kit as standard, as well as a large number of safety features. The ASX makes a practical family car, with a lot of easily accessed stowage space and plenty of leg and shoulder room in the back. It compares well with rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti, but the Mitsubishi ASX lags a little way behind both in the fun stakes.


When it comes to the Mitsubishi ASX’s performance there are just two engines to choose from, a petrol and a diesel. Both have Mitsubishi’s Intelligent Motion low-emissions package, which drastically lowers the car’s CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. The petrol version comes with a 5 speed gearbox, the diesel with a six speed – the latter also has an option of four wheel drive. The petrol is a 1.6 litre (115 bhp) engine with a top speed of 113 mph and the ability to go from 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds. The Mitsubishi ASX diesel engine available is a 1.8 litre (116bhp) with a top speed of 117 mph and can sprint from 0-62 mph in 10.2 seconds. Unfortunately neither of the Mitsubishi ASX engines are particularly quiet.


The good news is that the Mitusbishi ASX’s soft suspension guarantees a comfortable ride, which will make all but the most uneven surfaces go almost unnoticed by passengers. The bad news is that this same suspension creates some body roll on bends. It’s noisy too unfortunately, with wind, road and engine noise being something of an issue across the Mitsubishi ASX range. Rivals such as the Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai deliver better results where handling is concerned.


The Mitsubishi ASX is a chunky, well-proportioned car with a big, distinctive grille and a square front. It’s not exactly sleek, but it has a certain charm of its own – if you like that sort of thing!


Driver and passengers alike can be assured of a comfortable ride in the Mitsubishi ASX, but the ambience leaves a little to be desired. The abundance of dark plastic in the cabin makes it all a bit gloomy although this is helped a bit by the sunroof which comes as standard across the range. The driver’s seat/steering wheel adjustment gives plenty of flexibility and the high ride on offer ensures good visibility. Practically speaking though, the Mitsubishi ASX comes into its own with 442 expanding to 1193 litres of storage space. The rear seats are easily folded to create a level floor for large loads – and there is another 30 litre area made available by lifting the boot floor. A large glove box and central cubby hole provide even more storage for the odds and ends needed on the journey – and even your skis can be accommodated with the help of a ski hatch.


There are three trim levels across the Mitsubishi ASX range (the imaginatively named 2, 3 and 4) and currently two special editions (the Attivo and the Black). All come with a good helping of kit – as standard the entry level 2 has 16 inch alloys, air conditioning, electric windows and heated door mirrors, Multi-Information Display, Radio/CD/ MP3 player with 4 speakers, and a wide range of safety features and systems. Spend a little more on the 3 and you will get 17 inch alloys, privacy glass, rear parking sensors, keyless operation system, climate control, cruise control, heated front seats leather steering wheel and gearshift knob, Bluetooth, and a rain sensor; or treat yourself to the 4 and get all the above plus leather seat trim, Kenwood satellite navigation system, reversing camera and iPod control. No one can accuse Mitsubishi of being stingy with the ASX equipment.


The Mitsubishi ASX has been awarded the maximum five star rating in the Euro NCAP test – not surprising, considering the plentiful supply of safety features and systems. There are seven airbags, an Emergency Stop System, hill start assist, active stability control and traction control (particularly useful in the current run of snowy winters). The ASX looks and feels solid and reliable; and should it have an unfortunate encounter with a pedestrian, the unlucky person will at least have some additional protection provided by plastic front wings, a double bulge bonnet and an energy absorbing front bumper. Mitsubishis have a habit of doing well in reliability surveys and the ASX should not prove to be an exception to the rule.

Buying & Owning4/5

The Mitsubishi ASX is not a hugely expensive car to buy or run, and from the range the ‘3’ offers the best value for money. The petrol engine returns 47 mpg, the diesel 54.3 mpg, so running costs are not exhaustive, and are helped by a Gear Shift indicator which helps ensure fuel efficient driving. CO2 emissions are low; and when the time comes to sell on, the Mitsubishi ASX should have retained a good resale value.

Reviewed by cars2buy