Test : Mitsubishi ASX Aspire
Review by Tristan Tancredi - 14 March 2012
City Sized SUV, the ASX, is available in 2WD, 4WD and the top of the
range ASX Aspire.
to the folk down at Mitsubishi, the ASX moulds "..the combination of
the flexibility of an SUV and agility and comfort of a compact
The first question we raised when researching the
ASX was: Is a passenger car mixed with an SUV practical?
The diesel fuelled ASX Aspire is
fitted with a Reversing Camera and the Mitsubishi Multi-Communication
System to make driving on all surfaces and in all conditions
Packing a 1.8 litre 4 cylinder valve MIVEC direct
injection diesel engine, the ASX Aspire is a smart looking, agressive
package with a neat interior and solid performance.
Let's take a closer look at how it performs.
Aspire : A City Sized SUV
Don't let the diesel powered aggressive engine
noise fool you. The Car is quite sluggish in the lower gears.
6-Speed Manual transmission available with the diesel donks feels slow
gaining speed in 1st and 2nd gears, culminating in a rather substandard
driving performance from a stop-start.
Once the ASX gets rolling, the performance lifts
and a more enjoyable driving experience is
there to savor.
the ASX does the job. Whilst not dominating the harsher terrain, it
delivers what is required to get you from A to B.
handles straight-road driving and cornering quite well utilising both
4WD and 2WD
options. However, at times, the handling does come across a tad "loose"
mastering the tighter turns of the Victorian roads.
The cabin remains a pleasant, relaxing place to be
despite a slight diesel-engine rattle reverberating through.
ASX Aspire Diesel variant comes with a 1.8 litre 4 cylinder valve MIVEC
direct injection engine. Figures released by Mitsubishi put the vehicle
at 110kW of power and 300 Nm of Torque.
Figures aside, despite
delivering a sweet diesel fueled growl, it simply doesn't translate to
a powerful drive. Sprinting 0 - 100kph in 10.2 seconds for a compact
SUV isn't slow, yet it's far from quick.
Driving the 6-speed
manual around for a week and, dissapointly, there isn't alot of power
in the lower gears (Poor performance at low revs).
Aspire Petrol variant has a 2.0L 4 cylinder DOHC 16 Valve MIVEC engine
beneath the hood. A 6 speed sports mode continuos variable transmission
A healthy fuel consumption is what saves the ASX
Aspire. Drinking only 5.9l per 100kms (we can vouch for that)
a great effort for compact SUV.
The city sized SUVs top of the range vehcile, the
ASX Aspire, has quite the on road presence.
distinctive front shape is exemplified by an eyecatching front grille,
that in all honesty, looks pretty darn sexy. This is complimented by
stylish 17" Alloys.
A well designed shape allows the ASX Aspire
to stand out, but not glaringly. Measuring in at 1615mm tall, 4295mm
long and 1770mm wide, the ASX clearly is a compact SUV.
Fog lamps and dusk sensing headlamps that activate
when lighting becomes poor merge neatly with the front grille.
what the stars look like? Fear no more, a panoramic view is available
at around $800 extra. The view covers most of the roof (Think massive
window on the roof). Initially something to "wow" the kids, this soon
becomes forgotten and probably rarely used. Especially when the sun's
Notably, the exterior look of the ASX Aspire is
one of the vehicles best features.
How Safe Is Your Car gives the 2011 Mitsubishi ASX
2WD a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
packed full of Airbags, including; Driver and Front Passenger SRS and
side SRS Airbags, Curtain SRS Airbags and Driver Knee Airbag.
Wheel Control enables the ASX Aspire to easily switch between 2WD and
4WD to cater for different terrains and different driving styles to
offer extreme wheel control.
The Mitsubishi Reinforced Impact
Safety Evolution (RISE) provides a strong, well designed body that
offers terrfic support in any accidents.
Coming standard with
the ASX Aspire are the common safety features: Electronic Brake
Distribution, Active Stability Control, Active Traction Control and ABS.
Once inside the ASX Aspire, you will soon discover
that it is a pretty comfortable and somewhat spacious car. Whilst not
as roomy as other SUV's in the backseats, the Aspire is more then
sufficient to carry around a family of 5.
interior of the Aspire is loaded with fully adjustable leather bucket
seats that wrap around the body to offer great back support. The
seating position is high and offers unrestricted views to all
mirrors and the road ahead.
with dark seats, trims and finishings, the bleak interior colours are
subjective to personal taste. Personally, I loved the black colour
7" Screen features the Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System. The MMCS
features Sat Nav, Audio and Multimedia Controls, a Reversing camera and
a host of other options and preferences.
The 7" Screen is
unfortunately a touchscreen. Whilst undoubtably popular with some car
enthusiasts, we find it harder to navigate with a touchscreen then say
a turning knob, (AKA Volvo and Audi).
The Navigation System can
be confusing to operate, we had some initial problems entering
co-ordinates. However, once accustomed to the procedure, it works well.
in motion, entering destination coordinates is disallowed to avoid on
road distractions, which is both safe, yet horribly frustrating.
positioning of the climate control knobs below the Communication System
are inconviently positioned. We found ourselves searching for the knobs
and taking our eyes off the road a few too many times.
A host of
other features including; bluetooth technology, one touch smart system,
multi-information display (fuel usage, trip counters, etc) and a
premium sound system with 9 speakers all add to the prestige of the ASX
As we all know, there are an abundance of city
sized SUVs currently
on the market (The Suzuki
GV Sport is one such competitor). Hence why
the ASX Aspire may struggle to find its niche in the market.
a great exterior look and a strong physical on-road presence, the ASX
Aspire, despite being nice to look at, doesn't exactly "knock your
socks off" when sitting behind the wheel of the 6-speed manual.
Importantly, the Aspire fits a family of 5, yet
becomes quite a squeeze when you add
a few kiddy seats to the equation.
The ASX Aspire comes to the market at around
$36,990 and is worth checking out.
Prices are manufacturer list prices only, for the drive away price
please contact your local authorised Mitsubishi dealer.
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