Mitsubishi ASX Dynamic
Seeing as they built their first four-wheel drive car in 1937, it comes as no surprise that the Japanese brand Mitsubishi has become known for their speciality in the field. With durability and comfort as the main focus, the ASX is built for easy-going city driving and the occasional trip outdoors. It’s a typical reliable, hardworking and well-equipped vehicle with the added bonus of an attractive price stamp smacked onto its shiny windscreen.
This compact SUV is able to comfortably accommodate five people. It’s perfectly suited as a day-to-day runabout to chauffeur the kiddies to school, or for running errands, with fun adventures on weekends.
Riding on 18-inch alloy wheels, the ASX has a commanding presence that makes it seem larger than it is. Standard halogen headlights and daytime LEDs ensure bright illumination. The SUV’s updated body work features a clamshell bonnet, bold flowlines and a fresh, new bumper that makes the 2020 iteration noticeable and striking. There is also a standard-fit sunroof on the Dynamic trim that creates for an airy and modern feeling inside the cabin.
The simplistic layout of the dash compliments the overall capaciousness of the ASX, and a 406–litre boot space (with a bonus 13-litre underfloor section) means that it won’t limit any family activities, such as adventurous camping trips or trips to the coast. You could even fit a bike in the back with the rear seats folded down, making this a practical vehicle, too. The slick interior colour schemes also create a fashionable yet classy feel. The view out the back is a little limited due to the tapering roofline, but luckily the rear-view camera assist provides a clear and detailed view to help you feel confident. Thanks to the big door mirrors and reasonably slim frontal pillars visibility is good, too, and sitting behind the wheel leaves you feeling like you’re driving a sedan, rather than a bulky hauler.
The user-friendly 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display is equipped with smartphone integration, DAB Radio with six speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, dual USB ports, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Keyless entry, climate control, heated front seats and cruise control are just a few features included to better each driving experience as well. The ASX is fixed with a reversing camera, Anti-whiplash head restraint, front, side, driver’s knee and curtain airbags, brake assist, stability control, emergency brake assist, traction control, dual ISOFIX anchors and an emergency-stop signal system. The Dynamic trim exclusively offers TomTom navigation, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and lane change assistance to boot.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine is able to emit a notable 110 kW of power and an impressive 197 Nm of torque. For a vehicle of it size it, this is good for cruising between traffic lights and facing dreary traffic – the engine and the CVT it’s paired to are responsive and quick to act when you press the accelerator. It can be a little noisy when you hit the fast-pedal with meaning, but it’s otherwise very pleasant to pilot. With the emphasis on safety and comfort, there’s no need to worry about turbocharging or off-the-line speed, and the manufacturer has, instead, focused on creating a soft, pliant ride, easy steering, and good grip. As far as family vehicles go, the ASX is superbly suited. It also delivers fuel consumption of around 7.6 litres per 100km.
Where to Find It
Visit www.mitsubishi.co.za if you are interested in owning this splendid SUV.
Transcribed by Nita Stadler
Edited by Belinda Anderson