Long term report: Mitsubishi ASX

Updated: 

After spending a few months on the fleet at AOL Cars, our example of Mitsubishi's refreshed ASX was reclaimed by its rightful owners recently, and the manner of its departure was similar to its arrival.

There was little fanfare, no fuss or bother, and everything went pretty much according to plan.

Quite apt really, as the manner of its leaving us matched the lasting impression I'll have of the car. It performs without needing to draw attention to itself, but 'does what it says on the tin' so to speak and is always a pleasure to pilot.

The car was perhaps the wallflower of the office's small fleet during its time with us. Not necessarily in high demand or the most glamorous model we've ever run, but always willing and able to cope with whatever demands were placed upon it.

And it certainly was put to good use... whether on long runs to far-flung corners of the UK, short-haul trips around town, or delivering my daughter and her pals to the centre of town for nights out.

Most important of all, we were never once troubled with so much as a low oil light, let alone the need to call the local garage. For all the ASX lacks in flashy styling and impressive gadgets, it more than makes up for it in the reliability and robustness departments.

Farewell, WP63 EAW, you'll be much missed.

Author: Dave Brown

The Knowledge

Model: Mitsubishi ASX 4 4WD Automatic
Price: £23,899 (as tested)
Engine: 2.2-litre diesel
Power: 147bhp, 360Nm
Max speed: 118mph
0-60mph: 10.8s
Emissions: 153g/km
Mileage this month: 1,061

This month's highlight

Finally finding out how to turn the sat-nav voice off. My fault it took so long!