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2015 Mitsubishi ASX diesel Review

Dave Conole road tests and reviews the diesel 2015 Mitsubishi ASX.

2015 Mitsubishi ASX diesel Review

2015 Mitsubishi ASX diesel Review.

The 2015 Mitsubishi ASX continues to be one of Australia’s most popular small SUV/crossover offerings and for good reason too.

Prices kick off at just $24,990 and that gets you the keys to a 2.0 litre petrol ASX with a five-speed manual transmission. An extra $2,000 gets you one with a CVT auto transmission. The diesel Mitsubishi ASX is an all-wheel drive and automatic only (not CVT) offering and prices start at $31,990.

The diesel engine produces 110kW and 360Nm, while the petrol engine also gives you 110kW, but a lot less power – only 197Nm. Fuel consumption comes in at a claimed combined 5.8L/100kms diesel and 7.4L/100kms petrol.

So, the figures suggest that by the time you factor in the added price of petrol and additional initial purchase price, you may not be financially much better off in the diesel Mitsubishi ASX. But, that extra power really does make the little Mitsubishi crossover a more enjoyable vehicle to drive.

2015 Mitsubishi ASX diesel Review.

True, there is some initial turbo lag, but with more revs from the engine and the turbo doing its thing the diesel ASX offers plenty of overtaking and hill-climbing ability.

Steering is light and predictable; however the ride leaves a little to be desired – it’s initially quite soft and a little floaty; then, when harder surfaces are encountered, it feels a little too hard and a bit skittish.

If you require more grip, you engage the all-wheel drive function via a push-button on the console.

Based on the tried and true Mitsubishi Lancer, the Mitsubishi ASX cabin is basic but quite effective and comfortable. The good bits include an attractive colour driver info screen, reasonably good space for four adults and some nice chrome and piano black highlights.

2015 Mitsubishi ASX diesel Review.

I had the top-spec XLS grade of the ASX, this one comes with extra’s such as a large glass roof, heated front seats and a Rockford Fosgate stereo system.

This system provides good sound quality and features Bluetooth streaming, as well as traditional USB and Aux audio inputs.

One complaint inside the ASX cabin was the position of the seat heater controls – the buttons are located well-back on the centre console in an awkward position that really must have been an after-thought.

Usable rear cargo space is less than I might have expected. True, the back-seat can be folded down in a 60/40 arrangement, but if you have passengers in the back don’t expect to be able to carry too much more!

The 2015 Mitsubishi ASX range boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.

2015 Mitsubishi ASX diesel Review

2015 Mitsubishi ASX diesel Review.

Summing it up; The Mitsubishi ASX is a well-priced and fairly safe small SUV option. The diesel engine brings more power and more driving enjoyment, but starting just under $32,000 that all comes at a price.

In saying that, the fuel consumption from the diesel is excellent and if you’re planning on covering a lot of highway driving then it would be the way to go. Limited ground clearance would preclude the ASX AWD from anything but light-duty off-roading.

The generous five year/100,000km warranty offered by Mitsubishi gives the ASX a boost.

Others to check out include the Ford Kuga, Nissan QASHQAI, Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Mitsubishi ASX diesel

Engine: 2.2 litre diesel producing 110kW and 360Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 5yrs/100,000kms

Origin: Japan

Price: From $31,990

Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.

With over 15 years of automotive journalism and reviewing experience, plus front line experience in vehicle sales, Dave is proud to be aligned with Behind the Wheel.

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