The ASX isn't too expensive for a crossover SUV and, although it's in the same price range as the competition, it is surely better equipped than most of the vehicles in the same class. Comfort is among the best in the class, although some claim that the whole interior makes you feel like driving a cheap car.
First of all, there's the automatic air conditioning that can be easily controlled from the rotating knobs on the center console. These are the only buttons on the center console, as all the other functions of the car are accessible through the touchscreen display that's also being used by the navigation and the audio systems.
Both front seats are heated, with two options available, depending on how hot you want your tooshie to get in the next five minutes or so. There's no ventilated seats option available across the range, although it's somewhat obvious that such a feature slowly becomes a must have during our hot and sweaty summers.
Overall, the cabin provides enough space for both the front and the rear passengers, no matter how tall they are. Not to mention the trunk, which can be extended by folding down the rear seats for even more space. Not sure who needs it besides somebody who wants to carry a horse or something.
Although we admit we would really enjoy an automatic transmission, the manual one isn't bad at all and it only takes a minute or two to get used to it. The suspension system feels a little rigid when passing over speed limiters, but contributes to the overall stability at higher speeds.
And because we're talking about comfort, we must bring the Auto Stop-Start feature in the spotlights. We do know that it's pretty useful in crowded cities and that it cuts fuel consumption like.. a lot, but it quickly becomes just as annoying as a mosquito that flies around you waiting for the proper moment to bite you. Sure, you have the option to turn it off, but since it's so useful, it would be a shame to do that.Continue reading