The Mitsubishi ASX - Test Drive: Will a Facelift Help the SUV?

The Mitsubishi ASX is a real long-liver on the market.

And it seems that it is not going to leave it because the upgraded version was presented in the fall of last year.

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We have already described in detail what exactly has changed in the ASX. Now, we decided to take a closer look at the model – it turned out that the last tests of the Mitsubishi ASX were a long time ago. And this SUV has now become a little more affordable.

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We managed to get a modification in the top-end Instyle configuration with a 2.0-liter petrol engine from the official dealership. By the way, the configuration and modifications were divided quite simply – the simpler Invite comes only with a 1.6-liter 117-hp petrol engine, a manual transmission and a front-wheel drive system. However, the top-end Instyle is available with the already mentioned 2.0-liter 150-hp power unit, a CVT and an all-wheel drive system. All the modifications are mainly all-wheel drive, except the standard one.

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Design

During its release (the model is already 10 years old), the ASX has undergone several updates and restyling, the last of which brought it a new design in the style of other CUVs and SUVs in the Mitsubishi line-up.

The company completely redesigned the front end of the car from the hood line to the headlights, radiator grille and bumper. The most obvious way to see the changes is to put the newcomer and its predecessor side by side:

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Thanks to an all-new front section with a higher hood line, the ASX looks more imposing. As for the updated style, which is now sported by all Mitsubishi models, it certainly suits them. More masculine, more serious – as it befits such cars. And the model line looks absolutely harmonious!

The changes in the rear end are small, but noticeable. There are new expressive taillights, which immediately distinguishes the restyled car among others. The rear bumper was also changed slightly. By the way, there are textured overlays, which also refreshes the look, both on the front and rear ends.

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The actual crossover turned out to be larger than it seemed to be. And both outside and inside. At the time, it looked quite compact, because then there was no such variety of compact and subcompact SUVs as there is now. Therefore, the ASX is still a sturdy follow amidst various super-minis. On the other hand, it is based on the older Outlander, what automatically means a considerable wheelbase. It is 2.67 meters long.

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Interior

The interior meets familiar from other Mitsubishi models architecture and good quality materials. Yes, its design is not new, but it is convenient and functional. If we talk about innovations of the restyling, there are very few of them: a new 8-inch infotainment system that took up almost all the space on the center console.

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The interface of the new infotainment system is already familiar to us from other models of the brand (the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Mitsubishi Outlander): large virtual menu keys, a blue-and-black design scheme and no frills. This is about the first impression you get after getting acquainted with the car. However, there are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And the whole system is more focused on using with a smartphone. By the way, there are only two physical buttons, or rather “spinny things", and everything else is touch-sensitive.

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But this applies to the multimedia unit, because the other controls are quite conventional – three climate control buttons and notorious buttons for heating the seats and disabling the stabilization system. Just below, on the Central tunnel, there is another, no less important one. This is an all-wheel drive control, which has been simplified as much as possible for the driver — you can sort different modes at the touch of a button, including the 50-50 torque distribution between the axles.

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The driver's seat feels comfortable – there is a high seating position and good visibility. You can pick up the fit for yourself very quickly, and all the controls are in their place. This is the case when everything is designed simply and concisely, but it is in its place and therefore convenient for daily use.

By the way, the seat upholstery materials have also been updated. The top-end version features a combined finish made of leather and special fabric, which is a cross between velour and Alcantara. In addition, a red stitching perfectly harmonizes with the color of the test car. In general, the interior looks very presentable.

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There is a lot of space in the back row with a lot of legroom and headroom: it feels comfortable even for a man with a height of 1.82. You can criticize the seats for the lack of good side supports (in front) and a fairly vertical landing (at the back).

On the other hand, the engineers tried not to deprive the trunk volume, which has a capacity of 406 liters. There was a place in it for extra luggage. However, the volume of the fuel tank is also quite big for such a car: it is 60 liters. Below, you will see why.

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Equipment

There are no changes in the technical filling. As I have already mentioned, the engines available are only naturally aspirated and petrol ones. The top-end Instyle configuration features a 2.0-liter unit, which still produces 150 hp.

It would seem that the power for such a car is considerable, but the Mitsubishi ASX demonstrates speed only from the start and up to the first 40-50 km/h. Even if you do not press the accelerator very hard, the SUV starts very cheerfully. And, sometimes, it is even more dynamic than the driver needs. But the fervor subsides very quickly, and then the SUV transforms into the “ordinary car with an CVT". As a result, the ASX accelerates from 0-100 km/h in almost 12 seconds. Yes, there are cool flappy pedals, but what are they for with such dynamics?

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The CVT works in the most classic way: slowly and monotonously. Therefore, the car rebuilds you to a calm driving style with each kilometer, in which everything happens more harmoniously. And then there is a reasonable question: why is there a 150-hp unit under the hood, if you drive slowly? Yes, you can try to «cheer up” the car and it will go quite cheerfully, but this whole story about a light dynamic drive is not about it, even despite the carbon fiber inserts. Unless you know that you still have the power reserve under the pedal, what is definitely useful when overtaking. Well, I used the steering lobes mainly to lower the virtual gears, so that I could brake more effectively.

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But what the Mitsubishi ASX pleasantly surprised and pleased with is its chassis. It is soft and elastic and smooths the roughness of even very bad roads pretty well: the car goes confidently, «firmly”, maintaining comfort and silence in the cabin. You can keep a relatively high speed without compromising the smoothness of the course even on broken paving stones. A McPherson transmission in the front and a multi-link one in the back do their job perfectly!

And if you consider that the clearance here is 215 mm, the overhangs are small and there is a four-wheel drive system with the lock clutch mode, then you can quite confidently go off-road. This is exactly the case when the expectations of the car coincide with its capabilities. Well, the city's troubles are certainly not terrible for it.

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I have already mentioned the good visibility of the ASX, and this is true for monitoring the road situation both at the front and back of the car. In addition, there is a rear-view camera with an 8-inch screen. But the noise directly depends on how much you will press the accelerator pedal.

And it is better to press it carefully, otherwise the ASX will show you such an appetite, what speaks about its insatiability. City traffic with traffic jams and constant operation of the air conditioner will easily raise the average consumption figure to 14 liters per 100 km. And if you want to push it, it will grow even more. Therefore, the mentioned quiet driving mode will not be superfluous here. In this case, you can count on 10 liters per 100 km of travel.

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Results

The next update suggests that the Mitsubishi ASX will last on the pipeline for some time, which means that the next generation should not be expected earlier than in two or three years. Yes, a lot of factors speak about its age. But on the other hand, it is a really good car. The model is time-tested and quite simple structurally. Another matter, the top-end version intersects with the standard Mitsubishi Outlander. But this is about what you prefer more.

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