The small SUV segment is one of the most hotly contested on the market, and the Mitsubishi ASX has managed to work its way to a handy number-two sales position.
The ASX range starts from an affordable for the two-wheel drive ASX LS in five-speed manual trim and tops out for the vehicle tested here, the ASX XLS 4WD, which is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and on-demand all-wheel drive.
From the outside, the ASX stands out from the crowd thanks to LED daytime running lights and those big alloy wheels. The ASX stands out even more in the Starlight white colour tested, which features pearlescent highlights that give the car a more premium appearance.
The addition of a new steering wheel has really upped the interior appeal of the ASX. The tactile feel of the wheel is very pleasant, it sits nicely in the hand and the integrated buttons are a welcome departure from the cheaper feeling wheel in the previous car. The rest of the cabin quality is generally good with limited use of harsh plastics.
The 60:40 split folding rear seats open up to a 393 litre boot that can be expanded to 1143 litres with the second row folded flat.
While the addition of DAB digital radio is great, the 7.0-inch infotainment system that surrounds it isn’t. It’s old, feels clunky and isn’t overly easy to use, especially when you’re on the move. The same can be said for the voice recognition system, which is almost entirely useless and seriously lacks the functionality of most of its competitors.
Mitsubishi hasn’t updated the climate control switchgear with the latest model refresh, meaning that it still retains the first-generation dials that feel rather cheap and nasty. It would be nice to see a digital display and the removal of the older style knobs.
On the plus side, the XLS comes with a number of standard features that include automatic windscreen wipers and headlights, glass panoramic roof with LED surrounding lights, electric driver’s seat, heated seats for the first row, reversing camera, rear parking sensors and proximity sensing key.
Published: Monday, September 21, 2015