Wednesday 16 October 2019

It's a makeover for a crossover as Mitsubishi steps up its game

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

MITSUBISHI has heavily revised its ASX crossover, so it can better compete with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai iX35 and the KIA Sportage.

They've done a lot of work at the front and rear, revised the suspension, improved fuel economy and, importantly, increased standard equipment levels.

Oh yes! There is also an eight-year warranty as standard.

There is a 1.8-litre diesel (116bhp, 137g/km) and a 1.6-litre petrol (117bhp, 137g/km), with both falling into the B2 road tax band (€280).

Coming on the heels of the new Outlander and Space Star, this presages the arrival of four new passenger car models over 15 months.

Mitsubishi is certainly gearing up again. It has gone for just the one spec level with the ASX and it's called Instyle. That is a good thing, I feel, in a model like this. The Instyle petrol costs from €23,950 ex-works and the diesel from €26,950. Delivery and related charges are extra.

Standard equipment includes cruise control, Bluetooth with voice control, automatic air con, fog lights, privacy glass, remote audio controls, electric/heated door mirrors and Hill Start Assist.

Inside there is a new fabric design and chrome slotted throughout. Under the skin there's a revised rear multi-link suspension which should help handling and ride.

The eight-year warranty (or 150,000km, whichever comes first) is wholly transferable to new owner(s) over the period of the cover.

Irish Independent

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