Mitsubishi ASX (2010) Review

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Mitsubishi ASX (2010) At A Glance

3/5

+Well-equipped as standard. Impressive Real MPG scores. Plenty of room for five plus luggage. Five-star Euro NCAP rating.

-Disappointing interior quality. Nosy diesel engines. 1.6-litre petrol lacks pace.

Insurance Groups are between 13–23
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

The Mitsubishi ASX is a crossover that provides decent value and everyday practicality, with a spacious interior and good amounts of kit fitted as standard. It also scores consistently high scores for Real MPG, which means it should get close to its claimed fuel economy. Not something you can say of many cars...

That said, the ASX does have its problems. It's not as plush or as refined as competition like the Hyundai Tucson or SEAT Ateca - and the interior feels rather cheap. However, the ASX is robust and usefully large. It is also available with four-wheel drive, which makes it an appealing crossover for those who want a no-nonsense, rural run-around. 

At launch, the ASX was offered with 1.6 petrol and 1.8 diesel engines. Both score highly for real world fuel economy, which means an average driver should easily exceed 40mpg for the petrol and 50mpg for the diesel. That said, the 1.6 petrol engine isn’t particularly powerful, with poor refinement and lethargic performance through all of the gears. 

The ASX works best with diesel and while the 1.8-litre unit has 150PS, it's noisy, with lots of clatter. But pulls strongly from the low gears thanks to 300Nm of torque. In 2013 Mitsubishi added the 150PS 2.2-litre diesel to the range, with more torque and a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Like all of the other engines, the 2.2 scores well for Real MPG, which means it will return 48mpg. 

Both diesels are available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive, with the latter making the ASX well-suited to rural conditions. Indeed, with winter tyres fitted, the ASX performs strongly in the snow, with mountains of grip and well-weighted steering that makes short work of treacherous B roads or muddy farm tracks.

The ASX isn't as good to drive as some of its rivals on the motorways or A roads though. All of the diesel engines are loud and there are high levels of road and wind noise above 50mph. The ride is comfortable though while the interior is hardwearing and large enough for four adults. There is also a large 442-litre boot.

With high levels of standard equipment and a five-year/62,500 mile warranty offered as standard, the compact and capable Mitsubishi has plenty to offer buyers in need of a practical crossover with affordable fuel costs. Not everyone will be taken by its lack of refinement or luxury, but if you prioritise value over plush interiors, then the ASX will be one for the shortlist.

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Real MPG average for a Mitsubishi ASX (2010)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

84%

Real MPG

32–65 mpg

MPGs submitted

219

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Buying a small to medium sized crossover, which would you recommend?
"I'm looking to sell my wife's Mitsubishi ASX 2 1.6, which we've had from new for five years now. I've been considering leasing, from new, either the Seat Ateca 1.0 TSI SE or the Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ-T 2WD. Which of these would you recommend?"
If it's between these two, then the Ateca 1.0 TSI. But if it were between the Ateca 1.4 TSI and the Vitara 1.4 T Boosterjet, I'd go for the Vitara.
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Do you rate the Mitsubishi ASX 2.2 diesel auto?
"Can I have your views on buying a new Mitsubishi ASX 2.2 diesel auto? Is it a good car? "
Road Test: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/mitsubishi/mitsubishi-asx-22-auto-2014-road-test/ Problem areas: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mitsubishi/asx-2010/?section=good
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Mitsubishi ASX - how can I reduce road noise?
"How do I reduce road noise? Should I change to smaller tyres or put more soundproofing in the boot/wheel arches?"
Switch to 16-inch wheels and Michelin Cross Climate 215/70 R16 100H tyres, or stay on 18s and fit with Michelin 225/55 R18 98H Cross Climates and run them as 31PSI cold pressures. Forget about soundproofing. Harbours moisture.
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Faulty car DPF
"I purchased a new diesel ASX the problem started after 8 months. Oil light stating level to high. Cars now 22 months old, done almost 16.000 miles. Same problem again twice in 2 months. Can I reject the car and get a refund? Thank you."
Depends how you are driving it. Repeated short runs from cold will clog the DPF and prevent it from actively regenerating so the extra diesel introduced to burn off the soot will sink to the sump. Better quality diesel such as Shell V-Power helps. And in any case, having driven 16k miles over 22 months there is no chance of a refund; only 'current markert value' at best.
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