Mitsubishi ASX Cool Edition: The Art of Seduction
April 6, 2017
If there ever were an award for the most spectacular car facelift, the new Mitsubishi ASX would be a hands-down winner.
Who would have thought that just a few slight touches could produce such a stunning result. Mitsubishi only needed to restyle the front section of its ASX compact SUV to make the bumper-and-grille-in-one look like the car had been given a total makeover.
First unveiled in 2010, the Mitsubishi ASX in its 2017 version sports an attractive look that calls to mind the carís older and larger cousin, the Mitsubishi Outlander, when seen from the front. The Cool Edition model we took for a test drive comes with a distinctive satin black styling kit and 20-inch alloy wheels. The icing on the cake, the ASX has a cutting-edge fin-like aerial similar to what you can see in BMW cars. The carís compact body measures 4.35 meters in length.
Inside, the car features quality finishing materials and its spacious cabin comfortably seats five adults. They can toss their luggage into the well-laid-out 419-liter trunk, including a 26-liter compartment under the floor. If you need to carry longer and bulkier items, you can partially fold down the 60:40 split rear seat or fold it down completely to get a perfectly flat cargo space thatís 1.35 by 1.51 meters in size.
The gauges and switches on the dashboard are all ergonomically laid out for extra easy reading. The ASX comes with a new multifunction steering wheel borrowed from the Outlander to give the cockpit a touch of elegance. The driverís high seating position behind the wheel offers a lot of comfort and good visibility in all directions.
On the minus side, the ASX in its Cool Edition is powered by a 1.6-liter/117 hp gasoline engine that offers barely satisfactory performance. The car takes 11.5 seconds to hit 100 kilometers per hour and has a top speed of 185 kph. Fuel consumption averaged 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers in the test drive, far more than the 5.9 liters the producer promises in the specifications. This model is a front-wheel drive with a five-speed manual transmission thatís rather antiquated and rare for a 2017 model. My opinion is that this car and its engine are perfect for short rides in city streets, but if you often go out of town, you should consider picking a model fitted with a diesel engine: a 1.6-liter/114 hp or a 2.2-liter/150 hp unit.
Overall, the Mitsubishi ASX has many charms to seduce a potential buyer. These include its practical and functional interior and an intriguing design. Plus, the compact SUV offers a reasonable ground clearance of 19 centimeters, a choice of engines and an optional four-wheel drive, all of which make the Mitsubishi a good fit for both the urban jungle and long trips out of town.
Story and photo by Bartosz Grzybiński