2011 Mitsubishi Asx - I exactly don’t instruct these weekend warriors. Why pass fourth dimension punishing your body on weekends when you’ve already pummeled it plenty doing a week’s stint inwards hell (i.e. work)? Why wheel 50 kilometer trails or scuba dive inwards shark-infested waters (maybe) when you lot tin merely melt into your couch amongst chips in addition to a cool drinkable inwards hand? Though it sounds similar it, I’m non promoting a sedentary lifestyle. I exactly don’t instruct these adventurous, adrenaline-loving folks. So, imagine my reaction when Mitsubishi launches a vehicle that’s supposedly tailor jibe for the adrenaline junkie: the ASX—short for Active Sport Crossover.
At starting fourth dimension I was puzzled; afterwards all depending on which way you lot hold back at it, the ASX is either a Lancer EX on stilts or a 9/10 scale Outlander. In fact, the ASX does percentage the Outlander’s stance, styling, interior bits—indeed, its rattling platform. However, the initial puzzlement turns to excitement. What nosotros accept hither is a stroke of engineering in addition to marketing genius every bit the ASX slots comfortably in-between the entry-level crossover/SUV in addition to top-range compact automobile markets.
From the outside, the ASX sure turns heads amongst its angry countenance starting fourth dimension seen inwards the Outlander in addition to used to such dandy lawsuit on the Evolution X in addition to its Lancer EX brethren. The beady eyed headlamps flank the gaping, jet-fighter inspired grille that lends the ASX some swagger every bit exercise the sharply creased lines that sweep upwards on the ASX’s sides. Unfortunately, the raise looks markedly truncated amongst the roofline terminating in addition to hence shortly behind the raise doors. Though it lends the ASX a rattling avant-garde look, this doesn’t exercise wonders for cargo space.
Inside, the Lancer/Outlander subject continues which isn’t a bad matter at all. It’s minimalist in addition to serious. There’s no greyness or beige inwards here, exclusively dark in addition to slivers of silverish trimmings sprinkled about. The gauges hold back stunning in addition to direct to the indicate amongst the deeply dinnacled distich of tachometer in addition to speedometer. The fuel, temperature in addition to trip reckoner are displayed on a yummy multi-colored shroud flanking the 2 principal gauges. With a tilt/telescopic steering wheel (the starting fourth dimension for a Mitsubishi), it was extremely slow to discovery a comfortable driving topographic point despite the seat’s express adjustment. Typical of crossovers, the ASX’s seats are mounted amongst a high hip indicate making ingress/egress slow spell providing splendid visibility all throughout. The touching on shroud AVT organisation creates a dandy Star Trek-like atmosphere, at the expense of tactile operation. More than once, you’ll discovery yourself mis-pressing buttons.
Because of the ASX’s in-between sizing, infinite isn’t 1 of this car’s rigid suits. There’s no employment amongst the forepart occupants, but the raise accommodations tin barely crush three. The bench is quite brusque likewise in addition to has barely plenty articulatio genus room fifty-fifty compared to its Lancer EX brethren. The tall in addition to shallow luggage compartment may travel able to swallow regularly-shaped items such every bit cartons in addition to boxes, but the 384 liters of infinite is yet quite limited. Thankfully, Mitsubishi provides some flexibility amongst raise seats that split-fold inwards a 60/40 ratio in addition to a raise armrest that has a body pass-through for long objects.
Twist the cardinal (or press the Smart Key’s engine start button), in addition to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine whirrs to life to settles to a placidity in addition to fifty-fifty idle. The 4B11 all-aluminum engine’s shared amongst the Lancer EX but loses v 5 ps for an fifty-fifty 150 ps rating. Revved hard, the double overhead cam engine doesn’t run out of breath thank you lot to the MIVEC valve timing system. However, every bit the tachometer spins upward by 5,000 rpm, the engine’s song tin travel coarse. There are 2 transmissions available a CVT or a five-speed manual depending on which variant you’re getting. If the manual sounds a fleck retro these days, it’s perfectly adequate for our roads. Still, budget permitting, I’d popular off amongst the CVT. It gives a shift-shock gratis functioning plus it’s perfectly paired amongst the engine in addition to comes amongst steering wheel mounted paddle shifters too.
The ASX’s chassis sounds promising amongst disc brakes in addition to independent intermission on all 4 corners. The ASX provides surprisingly skillful in addition to precise manners through tight corners amongst exclusively numb (comfort-oriented perhaps?) steering hampering the entire experience. Retaining the Outlander’s 2,670 mm wheelbase spell trimming downwards weight in addition to slicing off the raise overhangs should translates to sharper responses through sweeping roads in addition to transition maneuvers, but the ASX behaves amongst heavy nether steer. Understandably, it’s safer this way but tin trim down the fun-to-drive factor. Nonetheless, for 99 percentage of the time, it’s enjoyable in addition to exhibits a much to a greater extent than comfortable ride than the Lancer EX.
There are 3 variants of the ASX: the GLX manual (P1,145,000), GLS CVT (P1,255,000) in addition to GLS SE CVT (P1,498,000). Only the top-line GLS SE gets a four-wheel drive system. The organisation is controlled via a middle console knob amongst 3 modes: 2WD, 4WD Auto in addition to 4WD Lock. In 4WD Auto, the reckoner determines when to feed mightiness to the raise wheels, spell the lock mode engages all 4 wheels for low-traction situations. But earlier you lot create upwards one's hear to hitting the trails, travel warned that the ASX exactly has a little Blue Planet clearance: 195 mm. This way the ASX is suited for at worst, low-cal gravel or muddied driveways.
In add-on to the 4WD, the top-line GLS SE has other interesting features. These include stability control, colina start assist, HID headlamps, steering-wheel good controls in addition to 7 airbags. The AVT amusement organisation non exclusively plays CD in addition to DVDs but provides an input for your iPod. In addition, the GLS SE is the exclusively 1 inwards its aeroplane to offering a GPS-based navigation organisation every bit criterion (it’s available every bit an selection on the lesser variants). There’s some noticeable lag on the touching on screen, but otherwise, it’s versatile. But mayhap the coolest characteristic is the Smart Key keyless functioning organisation amongst a push-button engine start/stop button.
Although the Mitsubishi ASX is marketed every bit the automobile for direct a opportunity lovers, inwards reality, it’s to a greater extent than than that. It’s a dandy automobile for exactly well-nigh anyone from junkies to couch potatoes. Surely, you lot tin opt for a to a greater extent than traditional crossover out there, but they’ve popular off larger, heavier in addition to to a greater extent than sedate to drive. The ASX is surely something dissimilar in addition to downright fashionable inwards this segment. What’s more, it has a boatload of convenience features which sure makes it tempting.