The Mitsubishi ASX often gets overlooked when buyers are looking at compact utility vehicles. It’s more often than not overshadowed by the Qashqai, Kuga and Sportage, but his does not mean it’s a bad vehicle by any means.
The low entry price of the ASX (R299900) means that it’s probably one of the best value for money CUV’s on the market today. Admittedly, the driving characteristics are a little lazy, what with the only engine available currently being the 2.0l 4 cylinder, making 110kw. While power delivery is smooth and completely adequate, you do need to keep the revs up high in overtaking situations.
Our model on test is the 2.0 GLS RF manual and it’s the top of the range ASX option. It’s also available in a CVT gearbox, although it’s a little more expensive (around R22 000). The GLS is fitted with heated leather seats, with the driver side being electronically adjustable. Things like cruise control, PDC and climate control are also standard. Our model was also fitted with a large panoramic glass roof, with electronic slider which gave a lovely ambience when driving at night with the stars and the moon taking a peek at you.
The interior space is decent and an average South African would have no trouble fitting in the rear of the ASX. With the seats being relatively high, you have decent room for your feet below, allowing you to practically stretch out. One thing that also stood out was the amount of cup holders. There are a lot of them and the doors also take 1l water bottles with ease, making road trips a comfortable experience.
The highlight of the vehicle, in my opinion, was the Rockford Fosgate audio system. This has to be, by far, the best audio system in this segment and comprises of 2 tweeters, front and rear speakers and a 10” subwoofer located in the boot. Bluetooth calling and audio streaming, as well as the ever popular USB, is standard too.
The ASX features 7 airbags, reinforced body construction, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, a whiplash injury reduction seat and a rear view camera.
The boot is a class-leading 442l and there is also a small storage compartment underneath the loading tray. The rear seats also fold completely flat and getting them to and from position is extremely easy and quick.
The ASX represents real value for money if you consider the entry level model’s price. The 2.0l, which is shared with the Lancer, has been in use for a long time and has proven to be reliable and without any issues. Fuel consumption is around the 8l/100km combined which is on par with the segment.
The ASX comes with a 3 year 100 000 km warranty and a 5 year 90 000km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000km. Our model as tested – R347 900