Although it's an SUV, the ASX seems to better enjoy the urban traffic and you'll see what we mean in a few minutes. The car gives you the feeling that you're driving an SUV, but it doesn't really act like one outside the city, mostly at higher speeds where it's pretty hard to not notice engine noise and the fact that the car becomes a little bit unstable.
The engine should be enough if you're not willing to break speed records, as the 150 horsepower developed by the engine push you to a maximum speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) but there are several reasons to stay legal.
First of all, fuel consumption. Mitsubishi ASX is one of the cars out there that burn less fuel in the city rather than outside it. Primarily, because it's a diesel, so running it at low revs is basically the easiest way to achieve low fuel consumption ratings. Driving by the gear shift indicator requires you to switch to sixth speed at around 60 km/h (37.2 mph) which proves that the 1.8-liter diesel unit is quite a flexible configuration as it supports both an efficient way of driving but also a sportier ride. Not in the last place, it has auto start-stop, which means fuel consumption is reduced especially when standing still.
Second of all, because we're dealing with a diesel engine, higher revs means increased fuel consumption. The maximum torque of 300 Nm is achieved between 2000 and 3000 rpm which means every time you exceed this barrier, you do nothing than to waste fuel.
Getting back to the way it deals with the non-urban roads, Mitsubishi says the ASX should achieve an estimated rating of about 6.7 l/100km (35.1 mpg) when driving it outside the city and the reality is not far from that. We managed to get a rating of 8.5 l/100km (27.6 mpg) and, once again, we treated the car a little bit aggressively (we know, it's the second time we handle things aggressively, but don't even think that's the way we deal with things in real life too).
The car could still become a faithful servant every time you want to cover a longer distance, as it provides a very roomy cabin, with many entertainment functions plus a spacious trunk that lets you carry all your wife's luggage.
The ASX is quite a comfy ride if you plan to stay on the legal side without breaching speed records. Still, keep in mind that it's pretty hard to ignore engine noise at higher speeds and, even if you could be used with the diesel engine “roar”, exceeding 130 km/h makes the 1.8-liter mill scream like hell.
Cruise control is there, as is the all-wheel drive system, ESP, ABS and other safety features, so safety shouldn't be a concern at all when leaving on a longer trip.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Too bad I left my camera home because this car is gorgeous! And the fact that it’s blue makes it the perfect choice for me. Seriously. It makes me think at the man I loved the most on this planet and, although it makes me a little sad, I would buy one in a second.
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