Long term report: Mitsubishi ASX

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Mitsubishi ASX
Blackball Media

It was a happy day when I took control of the keys to the ASX.

Without wishing to sound ungrateful to Mitsubishi, its iconic pick-up the L200, which was kindly loaned to us beforehand, just isn't my kind of vehicle – sorry, Mitsubishi – so I could barely contain my glee at the ASX's arrival.

As such, it could do no wrong in my eyes from the word go, but in fact it really has been a beauty from the moment I pressed the Start/Stop button and clutch pedal for the first time. It's a true transport of delight – effortless to drive, with chic styling and a comfy interior to match.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover a handy turn of speed for a nippy pull-away when in second, and I'm in extreme danger of getting spoiled by all the extras such as the panoramic glass roof plus rain and dusk sensors.

There was one heart-stopping moment, though, when the sat-nav suddenly gave up the ghost and no amount of polite cajoling and button-pressing could encourage the grey screen to flicker back into route-guiding life.

Fortunately, normal helpful service was resumed the next time I switched the engine on.

That niggle aside, I really don't want to let this crossover go. It's a vehicle that certainly deserves a wider audience, so here's hoping Mitsubishi's new multi-media campaign does for the ASX what it did for the Outlander PHEV.

Author: John Bowman

The knowledge

Model: Mitsubishi ASX 4 Manual
Price: £23,249 (as tested)
Engine: 1.8-litre diesel
Power: 114bhp, 300Nm
Max speed: 115mph
0-60mph: 10.6s
Emissions: 136g/km
Mileage this month: 1,347

This month's highlight

Seeing the satnav back in action after a minor 'hiccup' caused me some concern.