Mitsubishi ASX (2020-present)

The ASX is a well-equipped and well-built mid-size SUV handicapped by a large petrol engine and an auto only available with four-wheel drive

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Well equipped
Long warranty
Option of four-wheel drive

Weaknesses 

Auto only available with four-wheel drive
Only one engine
Only two trim levels

Buyers in search of a family-size SUV are spoilt for choice, with most car makers now offering one. Examples include the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, Peugeot 3008 and Ford Kuga. And now here’s another: the Mitsubishi ASX.

In fairness to the new model, its predecessor, also called the ASX, was one of the first mid-size crossovers or SUVs to hit the road when it arrived in 2010. So Mitsubishi can fairly claim to have some experience in this market, as it can with four-wheel drive - a feature that’s standard on the top-spec ASX Dynamic - since it's produced sturdy off-roaders for decades.

Of course, whether many buyers will opt for a four-wheel drive ASX is debatable. Aside from its higher price (four-wheel drive typically adds £1,000 to £2,000 to the cost of a car) its case appears to be weakened by the fact that it’s only available with an automatic gearbox.

Fortunately, the other version of the ASX is more conventional, having two-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. This should appeal more to money-conscious family buyers, especially so since in Design spec, the cheaper of the two trims, the ASX is still very well equipped.

Less conventional is the fact that the ASX is powered by a non-turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. With more car makers favouring smaller turbocharged petrol engines and sub-2.0-litre diesels - to offer the best combination of power and fuel economy - this seems a strange decision to have taken. However, it is the same engine that powers the larger Mitsubishi Outlander, so at least is muscular enough to power the 1355kg two-wheel-drive ASX from 0-62mph in a competitive 10.2 seconds.

As this was written, Mitsubishi hadn’t published the ASX’s official WLTP economy and emissions figures, so we can't comment on the vehicle’s efficiency and running costs, but expect the best figures from the two-wheel drive models.

In all other respects the ASX toes the line as a family SUV having five seats, a decent-sized boot, although it’s smaller than those in its key competitors such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Seat Ateca, and a comprehensive entertainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display. Sat-nav isn't available at Design level but the system’s phone-mirroring capability means you can link to, and display, a phone navigation app on it.

The ASX’s interior features attractive plastics and piano black finishes, and, on Dynamic trim, leather seats. Outside, the model distinguishes itself from the outgoing ASX with all-new bodywork featuring a bold new bumper, a deeper clam-shell bonnet, a refreshed grille in line with other Mitsubishi models, and skid plates front and rear for a tough off-road look.

The outgoing ASX had good levels of grip and decent handling but its steering felt too light and lacking in feel, its ride was a little inconsistent and body control could be poor. We hope these shortcomings have been addressed by its successor.

Last Updated 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
5 years
Boot size: 
406 litres
Width: 
1810mm
Length: 
4365mm
Height: 
1640mm
Tax: 
TBC

Best Mitsubishi ASX for... 

Mitsubishi ASX 2WD Design
As this was written no economy or emissions figures had been released but given this version has a manual gearbox and two-wheel drive, we believe it will be the most economical, since four-wheel drive adds weight and puts extra strain on the engine, increasing fuel consumption.
Mitsubishi ASX 2WD Dynamic
This version builds on Design’s already strong specification with a panoramic sunroof that should make the interior more light and airy, tinted windows and a package of driver assistance features.
Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 AWD Dynamic auto
Although slower from 0-62mph than the manual version, Mitsubishi claims the automatic pulls strongly through the gears, which is helpful when overtaking. It has paddle-shifters, too, to let you select gears manually for a sportier feel. Being four-wheel drive (it is possible to select two-wheel mode as well) boosts its grip when pulling off in slippery conditions.

Mitsubishi ASX History 

2020 New ASX launched with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes, and two trim levels called Design and Dynamic. WLTP fuel economy figures not yet released.

Understanding Mitsubishi ASX car names 

  • ASX
  • Trim
    Dynamic
  • Engine
    2.0
  • Drive
    AWD
  • Gearbox
    Automatic
  • Trim
    This indicates the level of equipment you can expect to find, with Dynamic being the better equipped of the two available trims.
  • Engine
    The number is the capacity of the engine in litres. There’s only one engine in the ASX range and it’s a petrol.
  • Drive
    AWD stands for all-wheel drive, which means that all four wheels are powered by the engine. The ASX is also offered with two-wheel drive. As it powers the front wheels, this is a front-wheel drive car.
  • Gearbox
    AWD versions of the ASX have an automatic gearbox as standard, while the two-wheel-drive model has a manual gearbox.

Mitsubishi ASX Engines 

Petrol: 2.0-litre

There is only one engine offered with the ASX. The 2.0-litre petrol unit produces 150hp, significantly more than 1.6-litre petrol engine that powered the previous model. However, it’s non-turbocharged and unfashionably large at a time when many rivals have adopted small capacity turbocharged units in an attempt to offer strong performance at low engine speeds plus good economy and low emissions.

Fitted to the two-wheel drive ASX with the standard manual gearbox, it is reasonably quick. However, saddled with the extra weight and drag of the alternative four-wheel drive system, which comes with an automatic transmission, it still appears to be slow with a 0-62mph time of 12.2 seconds.

However, Mitsubishi claims its overtaking performance when at speed is more impressive. Differentiating it from many rivals, this automatic gearbox is a 'CVT' system, which has no physical gears, but instead varies the length of its one gear depending whether you're accelerating or holding a steady speed.

We’ve yet to drive this CVT version but experience shows such gearboxes can be less efficient and less pleasurable than the more popular standard automatic transmissions found on rival models. That said, it does have a Sports mode intended to replicate the experience of a manual gearbox with virtual gears to make it feel more familiar to drive.

Mitsubishi has much experience with four-wheel drive systems and the inclusion of one on the ASX means that every model in its range is available with the system. On the ASX it is offered with three modes: two-wheel drive (2WD) for improved economy, four-wheel drive auto (4WD Auto) where it distributes power between the front and rear wheels automatically depending on surface conditions, and four-wheel drive lock (4WD Lock) that enables more of the engine's muscle to be transferred to the rear wheels in more challenging conditions.

As this was written Mitsubishi had yet to publish the official WLTP economy and emissions figures for the ASX.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration

Top speed

2.0

Petrol

TBC

150hp

0-62mph: 10.2-12.2s

118mph

Mitsubishi ASX Trims 

Design, Dynamic

The ASX comes in just two trim levels, called Design and Dynamic.

Design has most buyers covered. It gets 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, heated front seats, climate control and a reversing camera. A sat-nav system isn't included but it has an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with mobile phone connectivity so you can view route guidance from a phone app onscreen.

Dynamic is available on two- and four-wheel-drive ASXs (the latter has an automatic gearbox as standard). It adds a panoramic glass roof, leather seats, sat-nav and a range of driver assistance features including blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert.

Mitsubishi ASX Reliability and warranty 

Mitsubishi’s five-year warranty would be on a par with Hyundai’s but for the fact that it’s capped at 62,500 miles, where Hyundai’s is unlimited. It means you’ll be restricted to 12,500 miles per year if you intend to keep the car for five years and have it covered. Even doing 20,000 miles a year over three years will almost be enough to see out the warranty, although it is possible to purchase extended cover. 

Not that you should need to call on the warranty. As a brand, Mitsubishi has performed well in the Auto Express Driver Power owner satisfaction survey and its cars have a reputation for being reliable.

Used Mitsubishi ASX 

The new ASX will enter an SUV market that is very popular with used car buyers. Values should hold up well, supported by the model’s relative scarcity, its good equipment levels, Mitsubishi’s reputation for quality and reliability, and its image among buyers of four-wheel drive cars.

Where the model may lose value is with its potentially higher-than-average running costs but we won't know those until the official WLTP fuel economy data is published.

Of the few models available, a used two-wheel-drive version in Design trim is likely to be the best buy.

Other Editions

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