The jury is out on the new Mitsubishi Active Sport Cross-over (ASX) SUV, a balance of function and form, it has good intentions but some feel the new ASX is a little dated. But the proof is in the pudding or should we rather say the proof is in the sushi.
Represented on the outside, visual cues can be taken from the muzzle of the new Mitsubishi ASX (GLS class). Scowled-headlights fused with a sleek bonnet, contour the Mitsu’s aerodynamic body line with boldness and a tinge of athleticism. The Mitsubishi designers have communicated in this model variant, a much clearer message of refinement and value.
Interior fascia or dashboard is a bit wabi-sabi, but it’s conventional with a hoist of hand to function ergonomics. Black piano and chrome inserts refine the fascia styling, leather seats add an organic overtone, while a well-insulated interior muffles outside road noise for a heightened driving experience. The spacious configuration allows for a fluid range of motion so one doesn’t have to be a contortionist negotiating the elementary layout of the cabin. The program application of the infotainment system is an uptake even for the most technologically challenged individual. Bluetooth, AUX/USB connectivity is intuitive (user friendly); nothing more annoying than fussing about Bluetoothing your cell phone or while sorting through a myriad of options just wanting to locate the USB for your favourite tunes.
A car that is clearly meant for more than just the driver. This family cross-over boasts a polished drivetrain with a no mess, no fuss 5 speed transmission, its nimble gear selection exploits the 2.0L 16v engine, producing 110kw(@6000rpm) of power too stride past traffic in tight overtaking situations. The ASX is not an off-line Jack rabbit, all the wasabi is in higher-revs with 197nm hitting the wheels at 4200rpm which is sufficient for both urban and extra-urban driving and an acclaimed fuel cycle of 7.5L/100Km. The ASX is a mobility of tranquility. We do our best to avoid potholes but for the inevitable lumpy tarmac or corrugated terrain is a hop-scotch and over the rainbow we go of driving comfort. Garrisoned with safety and stability dynamics like, Active Stability Control, E.T.C, ABS/EBS, Hill Start Assist and et cetera the ASX is true to its core, that the protection of you and your loved ones is the number one priority. Just keep eyes in the back of your head, the braking system is acute and will bite hard if you going to take a sudden stab at the brake pedal.
The new Mitsubishi ASX is a no holds barred benchmark amongst a band of other competitive cross-over SUV’s. Given the GLS spec level and its lifestyle application which coincide with a competitive price tag of R342 900, it is a competent starting point to begin your journey in search of a more family orientated vehicle. So choose wisely and Happy hunting!Dean Joseph