Mitsubishi ASX Sport 2.2D diesel 4WD Review

Mitsubishi ASX Sport 2.2D diesel 4WD Review

We had an ASX Sport almost two years ago now, albeit a petrol one (read the review here). On the face of it, there’s not a huge amount of difference, except that it doesn’t seem as comfortable (more about that later). The reversing camera image has moved from the rear view mirror to the large screen in the centre of the dashboard. The central console area has been redesigned and utilises the space much better. The steering wheel has a slightly better feel and the buttons that control the cruise control and stereo are arranged to be marginally easier to use without looking at the wheel.

mitsubishi-asx-diesel-2013-rear-quartermitsubishi-asx-diesel-2013-front-interiorYou still get paddle-shifters behind the wheel which control the six-speed automatic gearbox that is hooked up to the 112kW, 366Nm 2.2-litre turbodiesel. That is plenty of torque and it results in competent overtaking performance and reasonably constant cruise control speeds (engines lacking in torque struggle under cruise control in hillier terrain). However, it sometimes feels like it holds a high gear too long as you slow down and you get that low frequency vibration that, if you were in a manual car, would signal that you should change down a gear. You can use the paddles to quickly flick it down or up a gear if you need to.

Fuel economy is quoted at 5.8l/100km combined. Our primary journey was four people and light luggage to Mount Maunganui in which it achieved low a 5l/100km figure.

There are seven airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag) plus four-wheel ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and active stability control – pretty much the same as the previous model.

Rural owners will appreciate the scratch resistant bumpers. Ironically, someone backed into our test ASX while it was parked and definitely left a scratch on the bumper – perhaps it could have been worse.

mitsubishi-asx-diesel-2013-rear-seatApart from some slightly hard plastics the only thing wrong with the ASX is that it is not built for long-haul passenger comfort, even though Mitsubishi does say it’s got the ‘best seats’ on its ASX website pages. A trip to Mount Maunganui from Auckland had all passengers eager to get out and stretch their legs whenever we stopped, and that’s a trip that’s less than 2.5 hours. The seats are a little hard and Mitsubishi should take a look at the type of seats either in the Subaru Legacy GT Spec B or Holden Commodore SV6 as we feel that they’re some of the more comfortable offered in cars at the moment (particularly the Commodore). The previous ASX two years ago was driven from Auckland to Coromandel to Napier and back to Auckland without us feeling like we were fatigued with the seats.

mitsubishi-asx-diesel-2013-sideThere are quite a few competitors in the compact SUV market now, but the obvious ones are the Subaru XV, Hyundai iX35, Skoda Yeti and Nissan Juke. It’s marginally ahead on the looks department for all those models. The Subaru suffers from an anaemic CVT gearbox, but has interesting styling and excellent handling. The ix35 is an excellent all-rounder, the Skoda Yeti is quirky and under-rated, and the Juke is an acquired taste. The ASX holds itself well amongst them.

mitsubishi-asx-diesel-2013-headlightThis is the top-of-the-range ASX Sport and as such comes with 17-inch alloys, heated leather seats, fog lamps and discharge headlamps. The LS model is $4000 cheaper if you can cope with 16-inch wheels and fabric seats.

As far as capabilities, the ASX offers a rounded package that’s not the biggest or best at any particular thing. There’s reasonable towing capacity (1400kg on a braked trailer), the turning circle is quite good (10.6 metres, which isn’t bad for a 4WD), and the cargo volume is 384 litres with the rear seats up and 1158 litres with them down.

In conclusion, this ASX seems like two steps forwards and maybe one step back. It’s improved in some respects like the new 6.1-inch touchscreen, but not in others, like the seats. Its obvious strength is in its all-wheel drive with lockable differential, plus its tall stance. This should endear it to rural drivers who want a medium-sized hatchback. Just be sure to take it on a good test drive, though, especially if your bum is as unpadded as mine. To top it off, Mitsubishi’s Diamond Advantage warranty is available which is a 10-year (160,000km) powertrain warranty, 5-year (130,000km) new vehicle warranty and 5 years of Premium Roadside Assist.

Price: $45,990

Pros

  • Good fuel economy
  • 4WD with lockable differential
  • Improved entertainment centre and reversing camera display

Cons

  • Seat comfort

 

4WD
MODEL 4WD LS 4WD SPORT
MODEL CODE BH6LS45 BH6SP45
GENERAL LS SPORT
BODY TYPE 5 Door Wagon
SEATING CAPACITY  5 persons
ENGINE LS SPORT
ENGINE 2.2L DOHC intercooled turbo diesel
DISPLACEMENT 2,268
COMPRESSION RATIO 14:9:1
MAX POWER DIN (KW @ RPM) 112 @ 3500
MAX TORQUE DIN (NM @ RPM) 366 @ 1500 – 2750
FUEL CONSUMPTION – L/100KM 5.8
CO2 – G/KM 151
EXHAUST EMISSION REGULATION EU – STEP 5.5
D.P.F (DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTER YES
FUEL SYSTEM LS SPORT
FUEL TANK SIZE – LITRES 60
FUEL TYPE Diesel
TRANSMISSION LS SPORT
TYPE 6-speed automatic with Sport Mode
ON DEMAND 4WD SYSTEM – PUSH BUTTON Yes
PADDLE SHIFT GEAR SELECTION No Yes
GEAR SHIFT LEVER Leather
SHIFT INDICATOR PANEL Shift panel with chrome trim
SAFETY FEATURES LS SPORT
AIRBAGS Dual stage – Driver, passenger, side, curtain & driver’s knee
BRAKING SAFETY SYSTEM 4-wheel ABS with EBD and ASC
SMART BRAKE & BRAKE ASSIST All models
ACTIVE TRACTION CONTROL ATC All models
HILL START ASSIST All models
SECURITY SYSTEM Immobliser and Alarm  (horn, turn lamps & buzzer) with hood switch
REVERSING CAMERA WITH DISPLAY ON AUDIO SCREEN All models
REVERSE WARNING SENSORS Available as dealer fit option
FRONT SEATBELTS WITH WARNING LAMP & BUZZER  3-point with ELR x 2,  pretensioner, force limiter & adjustable belt anchor
REAR SEATBELTS 3-point with ELR & ALR x 2, 3-point centre belt with ELR x 1
CHILD SEAT RESTRAINTS  ISO-FIX x 2 on 2nd row of seats and  tether anchor x 3
CHILD PROOF LOCK ON REAR DOORS All models
SUSPENSION LS SPORT
FRONT Macpherson strut with coil spring & stabiliser
REAR Multi-link with stabiliser
STEERING LS SPORT
POWER STEERING WITH TILT & TELESCOPIC ADJUST Rack & Pinion Electronic power steering (EPS)
STEERING WHEEL (3 SPOKE 3V2) Leather covered with cruise , audio and phone controls
BRAKES LS SPORT
BRAKES 16″ discs, ventilated on front
LEVER PARK BRAKE Urethane grip with chrome release knob
WHEELS LS SPORT
WHEEL TYPE 16″ alloy wheel 17″ alloy wheel
TYRES (FRONT & REAR)  215/65R16 215/60R17
SPARE WHEEL Full size steel wheel (215/65R16) Full size alloy (215/60R17)
JACK & TOOL SET All models
EXTERIOR LS SPORT
FRONT BUMPER & GRILLE Body colour bumper with chrome grill and black lower panels
REAR BUMPER Body colour bumper with black lower and side sills
SIDE AIR DAM Black material colour
HEADLAMPS Halogen with manual levelling Discharge with auto levelling
FRONT FOG LAMP No ‘Yes with chrome trim
TURN INDICATOR On front guard On door mirror
TAIL LIGHTS WITH BUILT IN REVERSE LAMP All models
REAR SPOILER WITH LED STOP LAMP All models
ROOF RAILS Intergrated style – black
ELECTRIC DOOR MIRRORS – BODY COLOUR Yes With turn indicator
WINDOW BELT LINE MOULDING Chrome
TINTED PRIVACY GLASS All models
DOOR FRAME BLACK OUT All models
DOOR HANDLES Matched to body colour
REAR MUD FLAPS All models
TAIL PIPE – SINGLE Standard With chrome tailpipe
INTERIOR LS SPORT
WRAP AROUND  SOFT TOUCH DASH All models
SEAT TRIM FABRIC  Cloth Leather
DRIVERS SEAT Manual height, tilt, slide adjuster Heated with power assisted height, tilt & slide adjuster
FRONT PASSENGER SEAT Manual tilt & slide adjuster Heated with manual tilt & slide adjuster
REAR SEATS 60/40 Split fold flat type 60/40 Split fold flat with centre arm rest
HEADRESTS All seating postions
CARPET WITH DRIVERS HEEL PAD All models
DOOR HANDLES Chrome
FRONT DOOR TRIM Chrome accent with cloth inset
CARGO AREA SHELF COVER All models
STORAGE LS SPORT
GLOVE BOX WITH LOCK & INTERIOR LAMP All models
FLOOR CONSOLE WITH ARMREST AND 2 X CUPHOLDERS  Leather lid
FRONT DOOR POCKET WITH BOTTLE HOLDER All models
REAR DOOR POCKET All models
SEAT BACK POCKET Front passenger seat
2ND ROW SEAT CENTER ARM REST – 2 CUP HOLDERS No Yes
LUGGAGE FLOOR BOX All models
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE ITEMS LS SPORT
SPEEDO & TACHO WITH DIMMER & CHROME SURROUND All Models
MULTI DISPLAY METER WITH TRIP COMPUTER Colour LCD
DIGITAL CLOCK ON AUDIO SCREEN All Models
BUZZER & WARNING LIGHTS Front seat seatbelts and door open
CRUISE CONTROL ON STEERING WHEEL All Models
CENTRAL LOCKING Keyless entry – 2 transmitter keys Key Less Operating System (KOS) & keyless entry with lock /unlock button on front doors – 2 transmitters
START SYSTEM Key Push button start /stop
ELECTRIC WINDOWS  Front and rear (Driver auto up and down) with key off timer
WINDSCREEN WIPER, TWO SPEED WITH VARIABLE INTERMITTENT. Manual Automatic rain sensing
REAR WIPER & WASHER WITH INTERMITTENT FUNCTION All Models
HEADLIGHT WASHERS No Yes
AUTOMATIC WIPER AND LIGHT SENSOR No Yes
HEADLAMP MONITOR WITH AUTO SHUT OFF All Models
WELCOME & COMING HOME LIGHT FEATURES All Models
INTERIOR LAMPS Front room lamp with map lamp,rear room lamp and cargo lamp
HEATER & AIR CONDITIONING WITH AIR FILTER Automatic
HEATER DUCT FOR 2ND ROW All models
HEATED REAR WINDOW WITH TIMER All Models
INTERIOR MIRROR – DAY/NIGHT TYPE Standard
SUNVISOR Driver’s & passenger sun visor with vanity mirror, ticket holder, lamp & lid
ACCESSORY SOCKETS – TWO On instrument panel and in centre console box
ASSIST STRAP – RETRACTABLE TYPE Four with coat hanger on RH rear passenger
CARGO ROOM HOOKS All Models
FOOT REST All Models
DUAL HORN All Models
AUDIO & MEDIA LS SPORT
SOUND SYSTEM WITH STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS AM/FM radio with single CD &  touch screen display, MP3,USB (35W x 4ch)
SPEAKERS 4 Speakers  6 (including 2 tweeters)
BLUETOOTH HANDSFREE TELEPHONE SYSTEM WITH STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS AND VOICE ACTIVATION All Models
CONNECTIVITY USB & iPOD  control with wireless Bluetooth audio streaming
ANTENNA Roof mounted
DIMENSION / WEIGHTS LS SPORT
OVERALL LENGTH – MM 4,295
OVERALL WIDTH – MM 1,770
OVERALL HEIGHT – MM 1,625
WHEEL BASE – MM 2,670
TRACK FRONT – MM 1,525
TRACK REAR – MM 1,530
GROUND CLEARANCE – MM 170
FRONT HEAD ROOM – MM 898
REAR HEAD ROOM – MM 861
TURNING CIRCLE – M 10.6
KERB WEIGHT – KG 1545 1550
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT – KG 2,060
TOWING BRAKED – KG 1,400
TOWING UNBRAKED – KG 750
CARGO ROOM LENGTH (SEAT DOWN) – MM 1,510
CARGO ROOM LENGTH (SEAT UP) – MM 835
CARGO ROOM WIDTH (BETWEEN WHEEL ARCHES) – MM 995
CARGO ROOM HEIGHT – MM 680 (with full size spare)
CARGO VOLUME – LITRES  2ND ROW UP 384 (with full size spare)
CARGO VOLUME – LITRES  2ND ROW DOWN 1,158

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