This will be the area most likely to tempt people into a Mitsubishi ASX.
In trim level ZC-H, which is the lowest available with the diesel engine, its long list of standard kit includes heated seats, cruise control, Bluetooth, wheel-mounted stereo controls and automatic lights and wipers. Being a soft-roader, it ought to have a spare wheel but gets only a repair kit.
Equipment aside, in this trim the Mitsubishi is one of the cheapest yet also one of the most economical and powerful cars in its class.
The Hyundai ix35 undercuts it slightly and is similarly well equipped but the equivalent diesel failed to achieve anywhere near the economy of the ASX. This ASX model has low CO2 emissions of 145g/km, so company car drivers will benefit, and the annual road tax won’t dent the household budget too much.
The only unusual financial burden the ASX diesel brings with it is a 9000-mile/12-month servicing schedule at a predicted £176 per service. That’s frustrating for owners expecting to do high mileages because most similar vehicles offer 12,000-mile intervals or higher.
On the diesel depreciation is fairly average, insurance groups are lower than those of most rivals and expenses at the fuel pump should be very manageable, as our 49.5mpg average test economy suggests. This result sits only a few mpg beneath Mitsubishi’s claimed combined figure and betters the economy achieved by any other car we’ve tested in this class. Clearly, the variable valve timing really does offer real-world rewards that could make it commonplace in the future.