As a blend of a compact car and a crossover SUV, the ASX should basically be up to whatever you feel like doing, regardless if we're discussing about the urban or the non-urban environments. But is that really true?
Probably the ace up its sleeve is fuel efficiency which today is considered a priority for most new car buyers. Equipped with a 1.8-liter diesel engine putting out 150 horsepower, our tester was more than impressive. If you're a gasoline freak but you manage to get over the tractor sound the diesel unit makes even when standing still, you'll be amazed.
Mitsubishi says this specific configuration should not exceed 4.8 l/100km (49 mpg) in city traffic but, of course, reality proves different. Not too different though, as the best we could get was around 7.2 l//100km (32.6 mpg), without being gentle at all. We pushed the throttle hard every time we needed it, so we can't really call ourselves tree huggers. Still, it's not rocket science that a more relaxed way of driving would return even better fuel consumption figures, so Mitsubishi's ratings aren't that far from the truth.
A few hours spent in heavy traffic and you'll see that the ASX has what it takes to become an excellent companion during rush hours when you have nothing to do than to wait and socialize. And, if you're the kind of guy that likes to socialize, the ASX will do nothing more than to back you up just like a friend because many eyes in the traffic jam are at first set on the car and then, unavoidably, on you.
In very rare cases when you have to spend hours in a traffic jam just because some driver tried to avoid a duck on a pedestrian crossing and hit a street lighting pole, the ASX will surely keep you busy. And entertained. It has a Start&Stop function to turn off the engine whenever you don't need it, thus boosting fuel efficiency, but also some other features to not let you get bored.
A Rockford Fosgate audio system with a total of 9 speakers streams music from either an USB, an audio CD, an MP3 player or straight from the built-in hard-disk drive that also hosts the navigation data.
Heated seats for a warm atmosphere in cold winters and an automatic air conditioning for hot summers are there to provide the perfect temperature no matter the season.
Parking shouldn't take longer than tying your shoelaces, not only because the steering system provides excellent maneuverability but also thanks to the assistance technologies such as parking sensors and rear view camera. And because the ASX was developed with an SUV in mind, its ground clearance - 8.5 in (216 mm) – allows you to climb basically on everything, so speed limiters or road kerbs are something to forget.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Well, I don’t know why these guys at Mitsubishi are still struggling to build cars… They’re awful and every time I see their badge, my stomach starts rumbling and it give me diarrhea. If I were the boss of Mitsubishi, I woud close the whole company and start building pottery.
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