An attractive, solidly-constructed, package that will not disappoint, but a little pricy. Residual values should be strong though.
Mitsubishi ASX Review & Buyers’ Guide
Available as: Van Engine options: 1.8TD 150hpVolume (m³): 1.2 Payload (kg): 535
Yet another Mitsubishi light commercial with a tendency to hide its light under the proverbial bushel. The ASX 4×4 van is an attractive package tailor-made for users who spend most of their time on ordinary roads but sometimes need to venture up farm tracks or onto construction sites.
Under the bonnet there’s a 147hp 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled diesel married to a six-speed manual gearbox. Maximum torque is 300Nm and four-wheel drive is electronically selectable.
For your money you get a 1.4m3 cargo bay and the ability to shift a 535kg load. You can haul a braked trailer grossing at 1,400kg too.
Safety isn’t skimped on with a package that includes ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Active Stability Control, Traction Control, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and umpteen airbags if, despite it all, you end up hitting something: or something hits you.
Standard equipment includes climate control, heated seats, Bluetooth, cruise control, electric windows, electrically-adjustable and heated exterior mirrors and central locking. So are 17in alloy wheels, keyless operation with a push-button start and front fog lamps along with an MP3-compatible stereo radio/CD player and a USB port.
Service intervals are set at an annoyingly short, 9,000 miles, and a three-year/100,000-mile warranty is provided. So is a three-year pan-European roadside assistance package plus a 12-year anti-corrosion perforation warranty.