Mitsubishi ASX (2010 – 2021) Review

Mitsubishi ASX (2010 – 2021) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Mitsubishi’s ASX is a more capable SUV on poor terrain than many rivals, and all models come decently kitted out with equipment.

+Well-equipped as standard. Impressive Real MPG scores. Plenty of room for five plus luggage.

-Disappointing interior quality. Noisy diesel engines. 1.6-litre petrol lacks pace.

Insurance Groups are between 13–23
On average it achieves 83% of the official MPG figure

The Mitsubishi ASX offers four-wheel drive and better off-road ability than many other SUVs. This makes it a sound bet for those living off the beaten track. However, its petrol engine is sluggish, making the diesel a much better used buy when up against the likes of the Ford Puma, massive-selling Nissan Qashqai or good-value Skoda Karoq. Read on for our full Mitsubishi ASX review.

The Mitsubishi ASX provides decent value in the used SUV market as well as everyday practicality, with a spacious interior and good amounts of kit fitted as standard.

It also scores consistently high scores for Real MPG, which means it should get close to its claimed fuel economy. That’s not something you can say of many cars.

That said, the Mistubishi ASX does have its problems. It’s not as plush or as refined as competition like the SEAT Ateca or South Korea’s Hyundai Tucson, and the interior feels rather cheap.

However, the Mitsubishi ASX is robust, and available with four-wheel drive, which makes it an appealing choice for those who want a no-nonsense, rural run-around. 

At launch, the Mitsubishi ASX was offered with 1.6-litre petrol and 1.8-litre diesel engines. Both score highly for real-world fuel economy, which means an average driver should easily exceed 40mpg for the petrol and 50mpg for the diesel.

However, the 1.6 petrol isn’t particularly powerful, with poor refinement and lethargic performance through all of the gears. 

The Mitsubishi ASX works best with diesel. Although the 1.8-litre unit has 150PS, it’s noisy, with lots of clatter, but it pulls strongly from low gears thanks to 300Nm of torque.

In 2013, Mitsubishi added a 150PS 2.2-litre diesel to the range, with more torque and a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Like all of the other engines, the 2.2 scores well for Real MPG, and it will return 48mpg. 

Both diesels are available with two-wheel-drive or four-wheel drive, with the latter making the Mitsubishi ASX well-suited to rough conditions. Indeed, with winter tyres fitted, the Mitsubishi ASX performs strongly in snow, with mountains of grip and well-weighted steering that makes short work of treacherous B-roads or muddy farm tracks.

With high levels of standard equipment, a large 442-litre boot and a five-year/62,500 mile warranty offered as standard, the compact and capable Mitsubishi has plenty to offer buyers in need of a practical SUV with affordable fuel costs.

Not everyone will be taken by its lack of refinement or luxury, but if you prioritise used car value over plush interiors, then the Mitsubishi ASX will be one for the shortlist.

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Ask Honest John

What's the best car for poor condition roads as well as a motorway commute?

"I live in a rural location which means lots of rough roads and potholes, but I commute a 70- mile round trip to work on a motorway, often at rush hour. I don't do much city driving. I want something around four years old, economical and small that can cope with the bad roads but has speed to overtake for around £12,000. I initially looked at SUVs and test drove a Diesel Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi but it felt light and not in touch with the road. It was a bit lacklustre. Now I think i want a small car like an Aygo, an Ignis or Citigo but I am overwhelmed by the varying reviews. Can you advise?"
This is quite a difficult set of attributes to find in a single car. You say you want something small and economical like a Toyota Aygo or Suzuki Ignis, but cars like this don't tend to come with powerful engines for overtaking, nor are they best-suited to motorways and rough rural roads. We would suggest a small SUV with a diesel engine, giving you the ability to cope with rough roads but with a useful turn of speed and good fuel economy. For your budget we would look at the Mitsubishi ASX, as it is relatively compact, comes with a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive and 1.8-litre or 2.2-litre diesels engines depending on the year. Alternatively you could try the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, which is also available with a diesel engine and is well equipped. if you want something smaller, look at a Suzuki Ignis.
Answered by David Ross

Should I get rid of my Mitsubishi?

"Given Mitsubishi Motors announcement that they are not going to supply any new models to Europe and UK and are withdrawing from this market, should I hold onto my three year old Mitsubishi ASX or would it be prudent to move it on?"
The brand isn't withdrawing from the UK entirely. As we understand it, it will continue to sell its existing range of vehicles for the foreseeable future and then, after that, provide aftersales support. The cars will still be sold elsewhere so parts should be relatively easy to source. It's a bit different to a brand like Saab or MG Rover, for example - both of which existed one day and were gone the next.
Answered by Georgia Petrie

Do I need to tell my insurer if I fit run-flat tyres?

"I'd like to fit run-flat tyres to Mitsubishi ASX. The standard tyres size is 225/55/18 but run-flats don't come in that size. My local tyre dealer recommends 245/45/18 which are available as run-flats. Would I need to tell my insurance company?"
No, you do not need to inform your insurer. As long as the tyres are legal and meet OE standards then you are fine.
Answered by Tim Kelly

Best replacement for Mitsubishi ASX?

"My sister wants to replace her Mitsubishi ASX four-wheel-drive automatic with something similar. What should she consider?"
Suzuki Vitara 1.4T Boosterjet AllGrip six-speed torque converter auto: and
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