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Driving impression: Mitsubishi ASX

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Just go on stiffly

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Usually a model will see it after a year or seven and will make room for a new generation. However, that does not apply to the ASX from Mitsubishi, because it goes tough. In fact, the crossover gets a facelift. Whether it helps?

You can safely say that Mitsubishi was smooth with the ASX. The brand already saw great opportunities for the crossover market in 2010 and got it right. Perhaps that is why the ASX is awarded such a long career, because in 2018 it will continue happily. By means of a small facelift Mitsubishi tries to get the ASX under the attention again. Incidentally, it is already the second facelift in a short time, because in 2016 all the Dynamic Shield front was introduced. Now this is further refined with a new chrome strip and LED daytime running light. The interior also has new materials and a new infotainment system will be available. They are not big changes in themselves, but the sum can be big enough, so we would like to get to know them further.

Despite the changes, it all feels very well known when boarding. The new materials in the interior do raise the quality experience slightly, but the whole does not look as fresh as in more recent crossovers. In addition, the limited adjustment of the seat and handlebars and the short seat prevent you from sitting comfortably. In any case, not as pleasant as it could be. The new multimedia system is easy to operate, works reasonably fast and offers support for Android Auto and Apple Carplay. In itself beautiful, but a module with its own navigation system is unfortunately missing. So if you want to navigate, you will always have to do that via your smartphone. A plus point of the ASX is its space offer. Compared to other compact crossovers you get 442 liters a lot of luggage space and also on the back seat the Mitsubishi scores above average.

NO SCIENCE FICTION

Unfortunately, this does not apply to the powertrain, which you can clearly see that this is not the most modern car of its kind. An atmospheric 1.6-liter four-cylinder and a five-speed manual gearbox are not exactly science fiction technology. In itself the engine with 117 hp has enough pit to help the ASX, but he does expressly hear from him. Compared to the turbo engines offered by other brands, the Mitsubishi power source does require a lot of encouragement. An additional drawback is the poor adjustment at the bottom in combination with the completely numb clutch. That combination makes driving away smoothly to a considerable challenge. Also a form of experience.

Just like the powertrain the chassis also feels fairly outdated; not insanely bad, but at the appropriate distance from more modern crossovers. Steering goes indirectly and without feeling and the ASX dives and slopes pretty fast, so the car does not inspire much confidence. This does not have to be a problem in itself, but at the same time the dampers sometimes have so much trouble catching larger holes that it is not unparalleled comfort. In particular, the rear axle sometimes seems to have to put all the sails in order to brush away any unevenness, especially if the unevenness is in a bend. With this, many competitors simply deal better and they feel more modern from a technological point of view.

ACTIVE SAFETY

Actually, you can not charge the ASX, of course, because he already has a good career. This does not detract from the fact that there are cars in the showrooms of other brands that do better in many respects. At the same time, the ASX is also not particularly cheap. The version we drive is called Connect Pro and costs € 26,490. Not unreasonable, because in that case, alloy 18-inch wheels, xenon lighting and climate control are all already present. What is missing are active safety systems. Mitsubishi does deliver a few, but only on the more expensive Instyle, which costs € 29,490. That is simply too much for a car that in many ways is overtaken by younger competitors. Even in his younger years, the ASX was not a resounding success. A small 11,000 units are currently running around, a rather stark contrast to the 21,000 Peugeots 2008 and the 35,000 Renault Captur that have been sold there. And that while both cars are less on the market. This limited facelift is also too meager to make up for the backlog.

Judgment

  • +Above average
  • +Not too expensive
  • Obsolete powertrain
  • Incoherent undercarriage
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