We're currently in the middle of renovating a stupid old house that no-one else wanted so when a new Mitsubishi ASX joined the fleet I was keen to get my hands on it. Weekends now are all about DIY and the spacious ASX is great for that, whether it's filling up the back with stuff from Wickes or doing a tip run.
Mitsubishi is clearly pushing the ASX and you can't watch an episode of Coronation Street without seeing its latest TV ad pop up.
And this top-of-the-range model, which is the 2.2-litre automatic, really is a lovely car with great spec. It's good to drive and, with the elevated viewpoint, comfortable on long journeys. It's practical and Mitsubishis are known for their reliability – a point underlined by the introduction of a new five-year warranty across their range, which was unveiled at the start of the year.
Starting at £14,999, the ASX is cheaper than the likes of the Skoda Yeti, Kia Sportage, Hyundai IX35 and Nissan Qashqai.
Each model in the ASX range, whether it's the 2,3 or 4, comes with a generous amount of extras and the 4 has got the lot, including a panoramic glass roof, DAB radio and sat-nav. The heated seats have also taken the sting out of the inevitable back ache that comes with the endless DIY.
Author: Gareth Bethell
Model: Mitsubishi ASX 4 Auto
Price: £24,649 (as tested)
Engine: 2.2-litre diesel
Power: 147bhp, 360Nm
Max speed: 118mph
Mileage this month: 1,052
This month's highlight
Filling it up with some bargain flooring from a closing down sale!