Strong, reliable and ruggedly attractive, the new Mitsubishi ASX is a car that is at home on long, winding country roads or motorways as it is cutting about busy city streets.
Like so many Mitsubishi models before it, quietly and
without fanfare the ASX has become the vehicle of choice amongst real people
who have real families to ferry around in the real world. It comes with a
choice of three lightweight, low-environmental impact engines (available in petrol), a choice of two- or all wheel drive, top-of-the-class safety
features, truly impressive low-emissions technology, edgy styling, a nimble
drive, and plenty of room to swallow even the lankiest of families whole.
The ASX’s sharp styling and short overhangs mean that it shoehorns a generous wheelbase into a compact footprint, giving you the very best of both worlds – loads of elbow, leg and head-room inside a vehicle which is just the right size for tackling our overcrowded urban roads.
Its tall profile allows even the gangliest teenagers plenty of room in the back and makes the average hatchback seem uncomfortably snug by comparison. Indeed, it’s extremely easy to get comfortable in the ASX: the steering wheel, leather wrapped on all models, adjusts for both rake and reach; the lighting is well planned, there are plenty of convenient pockets and cupholders and the overall finish combines quality fabrics or leather with pleasingly soft plastics. The seats are both comfortable and supportive and the size and positioning of the headrests are specifically designed to provide more support and reduce the possibility of whiplash.
Sophisticatedly monochromatic, employing a contrasting use of textures and materials for real visual impact; ergonomically designed and generous with equipment, the ASX exhibits considerable style. With an ASX you are always pampered. Even the entry model comes with electric windows and heated, folding door mirrors, manual air conditioning, a Bluetooth® hands-free ’phone connection, and leather gearshift knob and steering wheel with remote audio controls. Step up and the ASX 3 is even more extensively appointed, adding climate control air conditioning, heated front seats, cruise control, reversing camera, a DAB radio, and lights and wipers which switch themselves on and off.
To all this, ASX 4 4x4 models add satellite navigation, black leather seat trim and a wonderful panoramic glass roof, whilst ASX 5 replaces the black leather with premium Nappa leather seat trim in a choice of colours and matching door trim and an LED interior lighting package. Go on, spoil yourself!
Using Mitsubishi’s proprietary RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) system to integrate and interconnect the structural elements it provides a dramatic advance in multidirectional impact safety performance, dispersing energy loads during front, side and rear crashes and controlling distortion. These elements include a reinforced girdle body construction, the increased use of high-tensile steel (which also aids in the reduction of weight) and numerous crush box and energy absorbing structures; even the brake pedal features a push prevention system designed to reduce injuries to the driver’s legs.
Active safety features include stability and traction controls, a tyre pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlamps*, and extremely clever brakes; indeed, clever features are a real hallmark of this car – even ensuring that the braking action always takes precedence should you inadvertently press the brake and accelerator pedals simultaneously.
The ASX is a clever car. Take the brakes, for example: anti-lock of course, complete with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution which automatically adjusts the brake effort to individual wheels to accommodate the location of weight. Then there is Brake Assist, providing power assistance to boost braking in an emergency situation, an Emergency Stop signal System, which automatically flashes the hazard warning lights at double speed to warn vehicles around you in such a situation, and Hill Start Assist (HSA), which maintains the braking force on a hill for about two seconds until the accelerator is applied.
*Not ASX 2
To find the new Mitsubishi ASX in Eastbourne, visit Birchwood Mitsubishi. To book a test drive visit our website and fill in a quick-and-easy online request form or contact us today.