Long term report: Mitsubishi ASX

Recently there's been a new addition to the AOL fleet – but this time it's not another new car, it's a baby. My baby.

And frankly I've been pretty amazed by the amount of accessories you need to get to go with them.
Our house has been taken over by baby-related equipment and going out anywhere is a major operation.

A trip to the shops now needs to be planned with military precision to make sure we're prepared for every eventuality.

Driving home from the hospital for the first time I would have quite liked a police motorcade to prevent any accidents, but in the absence of that, the ASX Crossover's elevated driving position adds to that feeling of security.

Over the past few weeks it's been a great car for visiting all the relatives, with the spacious boot swallowing up everything we need – from a bouncing chair to a 'travel system', aka pram.

And this petrol ASX, which is quiet and refined, has also proved great at getting the little one to sleep.

We just strap her in, start driving and by the end of our road the screaming has stopped and she's fast asleep.

The heated front seats have also proved particularly handy when desperately driving around at 2am in a bid to get her to nod off.

Report by Gareth Bethell (@garethbethell)

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Model: Mitsubish ASX 4
Price: £19,130 (as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre, petrol
Power: 115bhp, 154Nm
Max speed: 113mph
0-60mph: 11.4s Emissions: 137g/km
Mileage this month: 1,800
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