Tuesday, 3 January 2017
REVIEW – Mitsubishi ASX 5
Looks – 7/10
On the outside, the ASX is a rather nice looking car. It balances bold, angular design features with sweeping lines. The swooshing line from the front arch to the rear light stands out, as does the prominent grille. The ASX 5 gets two-tone, 18-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic glass roof, both of which add a touch of class. Towards the back end the car tapers off, leaving a compact rear window and well-rounded rear. A single exhaust pipe is a little underwhelming, but the plastic bottom border to the whole car offered both a rugged feel and a wonderful contrast to the White Pearl paint.
On the inside the ASX isn’t quite as impressive. My car had red leather seats, which were certainly a bold choice, but they lack a sculpted feel and the leather doesn’t look of the highest quality. And that theme continues through the cabin. The gloss black finisher is premium, but some of the other plastics are a bit cheap-looking. The switchgear also lacks the same rugged feel as the exterior suggests. The dials are a simple black and white, and the large multimedia screen sits nicely in the centre of the dashboard.
I like the styling of the ASX; in particular the White Pearl paint/red leather contrast. It looks great in a car park, and reflected in shop windows. But once you leave town and hit the local B-roads, the drive of the ASX lets it down. It never feels engaging to drive. Capable, yes. Comfortable in any conditions. But it lacks that driver focus that makes you want to grab the keys. And whilst the ASX makes a great companion for the family road trip or annual holiday, the multimedia system leaves a little to be desired. Admittedly my iPod Classic, although reasonably new in age, is somewhat old technology. The media system in the ASX (and most other Mitsubishis to be fair) simply cannot cope with it. The car spends twenty minutes (no I’m not exaggerating) to index it before I can change the song. It’s a minor detail, but endlessly frustrating.
Total Score – 36/50