First the bad news. The ASX 4 had come to the end of its stay with us and Mitsubishi – not unreasonably – wanted it back. The good news, however, was that they were very happy to give us another one in return.
Yes, very good news indeed, because up until I knew it was going to 'regenerate' into a 64-plate (I was secretly dreading a comeback by the L200), the ASX crossover had won me over to such an extent while I was enjoying the elevated view behind its wheel that I really wasn't looking forward to saying goodbye to it. So, in the end, parting did indeed become sweet sorrow, for the ASX is such stuff as dreams are made on.
But enough of the muddled Shakespearean reveries! Both sassy and stylish, this no-nonsense, well-equipped vehicle really does seem to have it all for those seeking the perfect vehicle in this growing segment. Handling and manoeuvrability have consistently proved to be superlative, while the car's five-star Euro-NCAP safety rating guarantees peace of mind.
Meanwhile, as the odometer swept past the 7,000 mark, I was in for another treat. Glancing down at the fuel consumption indicator while driving around town, I was more than pleasantly surprised to see it gradually creep up and up until it reached an eye-popping, wallet-friendly reading of 57.4mpg. I could certainly get used to this.
Model: Mitsubishi ASX 4 Manual
Price: £23,249 (as tested)
Engine: 1.8-litre diesel
Power: 114bhp, 300Nm
Max speed: 115mph
Mileage this month: 1643
This month's highlight
High fuel economy readings - always a welcome surprise