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Mitsubishi ASX Auto DiD Aspire review
- Vital Stats
$31,990 - $36,490
Average for an SUV
Mitsubishi has just released a new 4WD diesel automatic to their ASX line up, the ASX DiD Aspire. It feels compact and sleek rather than looking like a giant of the road like other SUVs. It has a stylish look, a five-star ANCAP safety rating, and is fuel efficient and eco-friendly.
Style & drive
The ASX is available in two specification levels - an entry level model and a premium Aspire variant. I test-drove both.
The ASX 2.2L Aspire diesel engine felt quite basic for an SUV. For the size of the car, I was expecting to feel a bit more power as I put my foot on the gas. Instead, it took time to respond to my urgings and it needed more energy. The car felt light on its feet and had very good control as I challenged it on many winding roads.
You noticed a difference in the interior design when it came to both specifications. The Aspire furnishes a leather interior and gains the Smart Key entry with a one-touch start system. The Aspire model also gains a larger 7" colour touchscreen and adds satellite navigation with a 3D mapping functionality and SD Card input which the basic model does not have.
The ASX range offers climate-control air conditioning with rear-seat ducts, cruise control, central-door locking, power windows and exterior mirrors with a generous cargo space of 416 litres.
The reversing camera was originally situated within the rear-view mirror, which is a feature I think is fantastic. This has now been moved to display in the touch-screen audio system. This was disconcerting, as it took my focus away from my surroundings and I wasn't fully aware of what was going on around me.
The ASX range has a long list of advanced safety features and holds a five-star ANCAP safety rating. It has seven SRS airbags including front, side, passenger, curtain and driver knee protection.
The ASX uses Mitsubishi's Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body system, which gives the car a highly rigid body structure without making the car feel extra heavy. Between the A, B and C pillars and the roof are reinforcements arranged in a ring structure, maximising structural strength to protect passengers.
5.8 litres per 100 km.
ASX 4WD DiD AT $31,990
ASX Aspire 4WD DiD AT $36,490.
Describe the car in 3 words:
Light, controlled, stylish.
What are the best things about this car?
The price - for a stylish compact SUV that sports all the features, it's value for money. But... I really want to say that the automatic rain-sensing wipers were a great touch!
What are the downsides of this car?
It could do with having more power and a better reaction to the driver's acceleration.
Which kind of fuel does it use?
Yes! For a city-sized SUV it has a lot of room, is easy to control and never felt you were dominating the road.
If personified, who would this car be?
(Review by April Flanagan.)