Long term report: Mitsubishi ASX
Once again this month the Mitsubishi ASX has proven what a versatile vehicle it is.
Whether I've been using it on project 'doing up the house' or driving through the Yorkshire Dales, the ASX has handled everything I've thrown at it.
First up was the challenge of getting a new sofa in the back, with no contingency plan of a rope to tie the boot down if it didn't fit. My wife was doubtful, as were the three members of staff from DFS (other sofa stores are available) who carried it out to the car park.
But the ASX is deceptively spacious and after a bit of fiddling with the front seats, in it went. Much to the disappointment of the three smirking shop workers. Admittedly I had to drive home with my seat so far forward my knees were under my chin but hey, it's an automatic.
Aside from house renovations, I've also had to do some actual work this month, and part of that meant a trip to lovely Yorkshire.
Driving through the Dales in our range-topping ASX 4 was a joy and while I didn't exactly have time to take in the view through the panoramic sunroof I did find the elevated driving position reassuring as I negotiated the narrow country lanes.
The heated seats proved a real benefit on the cold mornings and I've even discovered the sat-nav has a 'where am I?' button. I'm hoping future models will answer more existential questions, such as 'who am I?' and 'why do we exist?'.
Model: Mitsubishi ASX 4 Auto
Price: £24,649 (as tested)
Engine: 2.2-litre diesel
Power: 147bhp, 360Nm
Max speed: 118mph
Mileage this month: 1,081
This month's highlight
The look of dismay on the faces of the DFS staff when I managed to fit the sofa in the back.
Author: Gareth Bethell