2011 Mitsubishi ASX GLS Review
“The old has gone, and the new has come”. This is what I think with the latest Mitsubishi ASX.
At first glance, the ASX looks is like a Lancer EX on attacked; somehow crossed between the Mitsubishi Outlander—-as it shares the same DNA and strong resemblance of its front, radiator grille, and the bulky body and rear side section.
Interesting is the size of its length. It measures only at 4,295 mm—a bit smaller than its other rivals. But who cares? I guess the physical attributes is less important here.
Just because the ASX doesn’t looks like an SUV, it doesn’t mean it can’t do the job of real SUV. Believed me, the ASX has lot of traits to offer.
Inside, you’ll know why Mitsubishi stays true with the fundamentals of its technology and design features. The interior is just right, not more over-complicated, yet it provides all the necessary gadgets expected in a modern car.
And yes, it’s practical too! There’s plenty of head and legroom up front—-and even the tallest driver will have no problem finding a perfect driving position—thanks to the adjustable seat and steering wheel that moves for rake and reach. Now if you’re in a hurry to pack up your things, the ASX is a good loader. It can carry up to 384 liters of cargo, for instance.
The door panels and dashboard are mostly hard plastics, which I don’t know why? But all things were compensated by the use of touchscreen AVT system mounted in the center dash. Adding to the experience is a premium audio system with dual-zone air conditioning.
Standard features include: 6.2-inch touchscreen LCD with DVD, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth, power windows, mirrors, locks and a smart key with a push start ignition system.
Most of its interesting traits lie under the bonnet. Powered by a 2.0-liter engine found on the Lancer EX, the ASX has all the heart to pull away all your daily needs. Thanks to Mitsubishi’s cutting edge MIVEC or Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control technology. The ASX is finished off with a set of multi-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with wide 215/60/R17 tires.
Popular known as the “RVR” in Japan, the ASX ride quality is excellent on the road. In terms of handling, the ASX is quite closer to Lancer with the same suspension package.
Safety is paramount as expected from Mitsubishi. This includes four powerful disc brakes, dual airbags, ABS, and Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE), which progressively crumble to absorb impact energy.
There are three variants of ASX: GLX manual (P1,195,000), GLS CVT (P1,275,000) and the GLS SE CVT (P1,548,000) that comes on a four-wheel drive system.