Mitsubishi ASX4 2.2 diesel 4WD auto: ‘Even with its privacy glass and panoramic roof, it is visually forgettable. Photographs
The Mitsubishi ASX is very much in the middle (feel free to turn to the crossword at this stage), the middle of the SUV segment and the middle of the price
range. It is driven by Malcolm in the Middle (of the road?), to Middlesbrough, listening to middle of the road rock… If he can figure out the stereo, which
this famous motoring journalist found confusing and
fiddly (but then, to be fair, he finds more and more of life becoming confusing and fiddly as his own goes on).
The infotainment system is one of the few things I could find wrong with the ASX. And you want that music because it is a little bit noisy on the road –
that’s the other thing I found fault with. Otherwise, it’s all fine. The 2.2-litre 147bhp turbo diesel combines ably with the six-speed automatic
transmission. It is easy to drive, if not thrilling. This one changes to four-wheel drive (from front-wheel) at the press of a button; you wouldn’t want to
take on a ploughed field, but it would be reassuring in winter.
Whether you got one of these would depend on how it measures up against its compact crossover SUV rivals: Nissan Qashqais, Škoda Yetis, Ford Kugas, Kia
Sportages, and so on. Which in some important ways – price, fuel economy – it does very well. But in other ways – design, interior, character – it does
less well. A Yeti and a Sportage are more interesting, likable cars (the Yeti’s name certainly helps).
Even with its privacy glass (for any celebrity passengers you might have?) and panoramic roof, the ASX is visually forgettable. Inside, it is on the bland
side, too. All in all, a bit ASX-ual, you might say