Since its launch in 2010, Mitsubishi ASX It has been one of the most interesting todocaminos the Spanish market, especially for its original and different design, featuring the striking grill 'Jet Fighter'. Now, to continue this success, the Japanese brand has decided to update its slightly compact SUV, and the main change is in the front, now known without the grill. Already on sale in Spain from 21,100 euros, or 15,900 euros promotional campaigns.

From now on, the Mitsubishi ASX It looks different appearance thanks to new front Dynamic Shield, which already premiered the Mitsubishi Outlander some time, although its general lines are identical (no more than look at it in profile or from behind). Everything else hardly any changes, except for the new antenna 'shark fin, 18-inch wheels -same design in Outlander- or LED taillights. US we just drive and what you have.

Over the past years they have been SUVs Mitsubishi those who have pulled sales of the brand in Spain, and especially the Mitsubishi ASX, which is the undisputed number one in the house, with more than twice of units sold in the second model, the Mitsubishi Outlander. In 2016 they have enrolled in our country 5,995 ASX and last year sold nearly 300 units more.

Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test

Perhaps the ASX is not among the best selling SUV Spanish market (Where Qashqai commands with 25,202 units sold in 2016), but is Japanese mark a success, also globally, with more than 1.1 million units manufactured.

One big change, but ... right?

As in other world markets, the ASX loses its iconic grill, a trait that has most likely been one of the attractions of the vehicle for many of its buyers. Now it has an air ASX his older brother, the Outlander, but ... is it successful? For someone who has at home a few years old ASX, loss grill 'Jet Fighter' It's not a good idea, but perhaps the market thinks otherwise. Certainly continue to operate at the level of sales.

The other modifications to the ASX 2017 are quite superfluous, as said fin ceiling, for example. Fitted a new engine 160 DI-D 114 hp, which incidentally already offered on the ASX since last year-and therefore is not novelty, and receives the same multifunction steering wheel Outlander (with paddles in the case of automatic versions) or a new browser.

Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test

The interior has the same appearance as always -You will not find surprises, which means combining gummy material very pleasant to the touch (in the central area of ​​the dashboard) with other harder and inferior plastic, but in any case The level of finishes and adjustments is good. Maintains the 'Info' button to the left of the steering wheel, so you have to drop a hand off the wheel to change the information onboard computer displayed on the control panel display.

Regarding the range of engines, the ASX offers gasoline 160 MPI 117 hp (only front wheel drive or 4x2) and two turbodiesel. The smallest is a 160 DI-D 114 hp (also only 4x2) and finally, the top is called diesel range 220 DI-D, It has an output of 150 hp and combined with four-wheel drive, automatic transmission and the highest level of equipment.

Virtue is in the balance

He Mitsubishi ASX (4.35 meters long) has never been the cheapest the sportier the most spacious and comfortable SUV, or, nor has never known for being 'bad' in any of these aspects. The main virtue-and know that 'is in the medio'- end of the ASX is that It meets quite well in all its facets. It may not be the best at everything, but it is the worst in anything, that's for sure.

Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test

The interior of the ASX has a more correct amplitude, for both front and for the rear passengers, who have generous legroom (thanks in part to a wheelbase of 2.67 meters). The ceiling height is not much and if you are taller than 1.80 meters and you sit properly, with the flat on the back of it kidneys, rozarás the roof, but just the fact that there gap with the front seat allows you can escurrirte a bit and find a comfortable position.

Inside it has a generously sized glove, a gap under the central armrest that has a USB socket to load or play music devices, storage compartments in the front doors that do not fit -in large- bottles, third headrest in the back row or armrest also for rear occupants (from intermediate finish).

He trunk (See photo), which has a useful double bottom, has a volume of 442 liters, expandable to 1219 liters with rear seats folded (which, incidentally, does not leave a smooth surface -see photo-). It thus has more capacity than a Qashqai (4.38 meters and 439 liters) or Toyota CH-R (4.36 meters and 377 liters), but less than a Kuga (4.52 meters and 456 liters) a Renault Kadjar (4.44 meters and 472 liters) or Honda HR-V (4.29 meters and 470 liters).

Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test

Driving the 160 DI-D 4x2

Once underway, the ASX is still one of those SUV not discourage you when driving out of town or highway, because although it has a setup that favors enough comfort, perfectly meets in areas of curves and dynamically not disappoint for a car of its -because high with 1,380 kg, It is not particularly heavy-. You do not need too stop tackling twisty sections, so it rewarding driving. In part, insurance, independent suspension: McPherson front and multilink rear. If you seek the tickling, will show its understeer side.

The steering is not as precise as we would like for a lively driving but not bad touch and it has improved from the original ASX since then it was softer and felt more disconnected (the 2013 onwards drove not). Plus, then. Just do not expect assistance systems like the Outlander, ASX because it lacks died assistant or similar angle. What can be equipped is the cruise control, the hill start assistant or parking sensors (and reversing camera, depending on version).

I also found it a step forward the new engine 160 DI-D, which is not itself as above 180 DI-D but developed by PSA. This block 1.6 liters (Formerly the small diesel was a 1.8-liter) offers 114 hp 3,600 RPM and 270 Nm from 1,750 RPM. Do you fall short for such a car? For the truth is that not (only available in 4x2 version). Pushing hard enough and also recovers correctly. It is a very apañado engine, really. Your sheet Announces 0-100 km / h in 11.2 seconds and a top speed of 182 km / h, but the wheel feels faster than you would expect. In addition, it can tow up to 1,400 kilograms.

Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test

Compared to the previous 1.8 liters, the new engine is more refined (It does not sound as agriculture) and also has a character less 'old school'. I explain. While still quite empty at low revs, and begins to lap up strongly from about 1,500 RPM, no longer you have the kick that had the previous, since it is a bit more progressive and does not reach all the push so all of a sudden. Although it offers maximum power at 3,600 RPM, both the noise level and the amount of thrust available from the 3,000 laps not invited to bring the needle above this point.

His personality is similar to the 1.8-liter, but has a slightly modern touch. Less rough go. Furthermore, a lower consumption homologous (4.6 liters), Although in practice rondamos consumption of a computer 6 liters, with a route that had some off-road and stretches on roads with steep slopes. On the other hand, touch lever six-speed manual transmission still has a mechanical touch, not very long distances and is less harsh than 1.8.

If you plan out some of the road, the ASX has a ground clearance of 18 centimeters, so you can move smoothly on roads, bumpy or even small obstacles. Now, with the tires Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport in dimensions 255/55 R18 that equipped our unit 4x2, the traction is a small problem as the ground is slippery (mud) or a slope with a loose soil (sand type) combined marked.

Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test

Three trim levels

Range 2017 Mitsubishi ASX has three finishes in Spain, called Challenge, Motion and Kaiteki, from lowest to highest equipment. See above offered by each of them.

  • Challenge: Already standard ASX includes alloy wheels 16 inches, automatic climate control, audio CD / MP3 4 speakers, multifunction steering wheel and knob in leather, light sensors and rain, fog lights, front and rear power windows, power mirrors and heated , rear parking sensors or monitoring system tire pressure, among other things.
  • Motion: The intermediate finish adds 18-inch wheels, black wheel arch moldings, access and keyless start, six stereo speakers with 6.1-inch touchscreen, reversing camera, roof rails, Bluetooth connectivity or crystals darkened rear.
  • Kaiteki: The top end is equipped with leather, touch screen navigation 7 inch Super-Xenon headlights HID sunroof glass, heated front seats or electrically adjustable driver's seat. 4x4 150 hp version also adds the automatic transmission and steering wheel paddles.
Mitsubishi ASX 2017, Touchdown test

Prices Mitsubishi ASX 2017

The full list price (PVP) For ASX 2017 range, including taxes and transportation, but no promotions or campaigns (Mitsubishi offers up to 5,200 discount for funding among other things), it is as follows:

  • Challenge ASX 160 MPI 117 hp 2WD: 21,100 euros
  • Challenge ASX 160 DI-D 2WD 114 hp: 23,550 euros
  • Motion ASX 160 MPI 117 hp 2WD: 22,100 euros
  • Motion ASX 160 DI-D 2WD 114 hp: 24,550 euros
  • Motion ASX 160 DI-D 4WD 114 hp: 27,050 euros
  • Kaiteki ASX 160 MPI 117 hp 2WD: 25,700 euros
  • Kaiteki ASX 160 DI-D 2WD 114 hp: 28,150 euros
  • ASX Kaiteki 220 DI-D 150PS 4WD Automatic: 34,200 euros

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