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Mitsubishi ASX 1.6 Instyle: Street Smart
September 30, 2011   
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The ASX, the most compact SUV in the Mitsubishi stable, is a highly functional, richly furnished vehicle that comes in a very stylish package.

The push for SUVs that come across like off-road vehicles has been one of the most notable trends on the car market over the past few years. The Mitsubishi ASX is in demand as much for its functionality and driving enjoyment as for its striking good looks. The car allows for different interior arrangements, which gives more options in carrying people and baggage, while the raised body significantly improves the driver’s field of vision. And being a 4WD, it can hold the road on pretty much any surface. These days, most automotive manufacturers have several SUVs on offer and Mitsubishi is no exception. The company unveiled the compact ASX last year, possibly fired up by the success of the Pajero and the Outlander.

The ASX is significantly smaller (4,295 mm long, 1,770 mm wide and 1,615 mm high) than the Outlander, although it has the same wheel base (2,670 mm). The similarities in styling are probably no coincidence either. The company is determined to capitalize on the runaway success of the Outlander and has put out a cut-down, more street-savvy version with a few minor alterations. The car does not let its diminutive size in any way prevent it from seating five passengers comfortably and the trunk packs a respectable 419l. The cargo area can be quickly arranged in a variety of ways should the need arise thanks to the 60/40 split fold rear seats. While Mitsubishi’s smallest SUV can hold its own on the highway, it feels most at home in the big city. The high position of the driver behind the steering wheel and excellent visibility, as well as the car’s raised body and compact dimensions all give it an edge in maneuvering around town.

The Mitsubishi ASX is available as a front-wheel drive with a 1.6l/117 hp gasoline engine or as an electronically controlled four-wheel drive with an 1.8l turbocharged diesel engine that delivers either 116 hp or 150 hp. The car we test-drove was fitted with a gasoline engine. Technically, it is no world beater but it is OK in city traffic and on the highway. It can accelerate from standstill to 100 kph in 11.4 seconds and has a top speed of 183 kph. It is also doing its bit for the environment with an Auto Stop and Go (AS&G) system to switch the engine off instead of idling. In city traffic, this can save 0.3l for every 100 km traveled. Our test-drive, however, failed to back up the average fuel consumption of 6l/100 km listed in the technical specifications. We notched up an average fuel consumption of 7.4l/100 km when driving around town.

The lack of 4WD and engine muscle is made up for by comfort and safety features. The basic Inform version has seven airbags (including a driver’s knees airbag), AS&G, ABS, and ESP systems, a full electric package, a tilt and telescopic steering column, and manual air conditioning. The top-of-the-range Instyle version we drove comes with a panoramic roof, parking sensors, rain sensors, automatic air conditioning, radio, CD and MP3 audio system with CD changer, leather upholstery, aluminum wheel rims and xenon headlights.
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