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Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L MIVEC 6-speed CVT GLS RF

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Mitsubishi is responsible for quite a few significant technological advancements, now commonly used in modern vehicles. These are features such as traction control and the first ever direct injection (GDI) engine. They also have more than half a century’s racing experience under the belt and are known for ruling the Dakar rally with a list of achievements and titles. This is all evidence of their intuitive thinking and uncompromising striving to satisfy their customers. With such an impressive list of accomplishments, I had been eager to try out the new ASX to see if it was as good as I hoped. I was not disappointed.

The Concept
The newest ASX is bigger than I expected and definitely more striking, too. It’s able to comfortably house a medium sized family, thanks to its crossover status. Still, it is ideally suited to city life, but also able to take on rocky terrains for the odd weekend breakaway. The ASX straddles the line between urban and off-road very well.

The Look
Mitsubishi has undergone a few design tweaks for the newest model. Front panels have been restyled and it has adopted Mitsubishi’s shield grille design while the headlights have been sharpened and are brighter. The tail-lights and rear bumper have also been adjusted. 17-inch alloy wheels provide this crossover with a domineering road presence while the roof rails and rear spoiler add a distinctive sporty element. High intensity discharge headlights are equipped with a rain and dusk sensor, and is accompanied by a pair of fog lights. The mirrors are able to adjust and fold electronically, too, and are also heated to aid the driver during misty mornings. Overall, it’s a stylish SUV with eye-catching attributes that can be appreciated by many - it’s fresh enough to keep the young-at-heart happy, but not gaudily modernised either, and as I drove it along the roads of Jozi, I received enough second glances to affirm how attractive it really is.

The Feel
The cabin is roomy and well-laid out with an integrated centre panel with a digital quartz clock, chrome embellishments and comfortable leather seats. A multi-functional leather-wrapped steering wheel proudly displays the Mitsubishi badge and hosts controls for audio, cruise control and voice activated Bluetooth. It can also be adjusted for height as well as depth. From the driver’s seat, everything oozes comfort – and both front seats are heated and can slide and recline electrically. This combined with the large windows, offer the driver a great view of their surroundings. The massive boot is also able to grow from 442 litres to 1193 when the rear seats are folded in a 60:40 manner. Loading and unloading from it is also simplified thanks to a minimised boot lip.

The Features
The touchscreen infotainment display now has volume and tuning capability and is equipped with Radio, CD, MP3, a USB port, a Bluetooth link system, hands-free voice control with switches conveniently located on the steering wheel, and a nine Speaker Rockford Fosgate Sound System. Comfort and convenience features include fully automatic air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, the driver’s side has a one-touch power window, a heated rear window, rear park distance control, a keyless operating system and a rear-view camera. When it comes to safety, the ASX is fitted with seven airbags (driver, passenger, seat, side curtain and drive’s knee), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), BA (Brake Assist System), ETC (Electronic Traction Control), HSA (Hill Start Assist System) and an ASC (Active Stability Control) which aids the driver when going through corners. It automatically identifies under-steer and oversteer and brakes the relevant wheel to keep the driver in-line and the vehicle stable. Furthermore, it is equipped with side impact protection bars, a collapsible steering column, a brake pedal recession protection and a whiplash injury reduction if an accident should occur. It also features an alarm system and an immobilizer. This Mitsubishi also features a RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Body as additional protection.

The Drive
The MIVEC 2.0-litre engine is able to produce 110kW of power and 197Nm of torque. It has an average fuel consumption of 7.6L/100km, which isn’t unexpected for a vehicle in this class. With a relatively large 63-litre fuel tank you can, in theory, cover 700km on the open road between refills. As a fan of the brand, I found the drive in the ASX to be heart-warming. I choose this word specifically because I felt particularly pleased that my previous positive experiences in Mitsubishi cars had been amplified even further - I was genuinely impressed with how good it was, even ironing out the little bumps and slight cornering nags I’d experienced before with some attention given to the suspension setup. It’s suitable for city as well as rougher terrains, and it’s smooth six-speed automatic transmission and nifty driver’s aids help tremendously in ensuring that your drive is unfussed and composed. It has a towing capacity of 1300 kg, too, which means you could tow a small boat, Jet Ski or box trailer – the ideal family companion.

Where to find it
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