High-riding mid-size Mitsi

Mitsubishi has made steady improvements to the stage where it can hold its head up amid a phalanx of competitors.

Mitsubishi has made steady improvements to the stage where it can hold its head up amid a phalanx of competitors.

MITSUBISHI is offering its ASX SUV as the perfect vehicle for an active life, a claim the stylish and smart vehicle can more than live up to.

Whether it’s a busy day of shopping or business calls, or just a pleasant drive to the beach, the ASX is well and truly up for it and a bit more.

While the ASX has been around for a while now, Mitsubishi has made steady improvements to the stage where it can hold its head up amid a phalanx of competitors.

The test drive vehicle was the two-wheel-drive petrol XLS. An upgraded VRX is available also and the company has two diesel models, again an XLS and VTX.

The entry-level petrol model brings a highly desirable combination of smooth power and economy from its 2litre MIVEC petrol engine, with maximum power of 112kW at 6000 rpm and best torque of 200Nm, backed up by a frugal fuel consumption figure of 7.4 litres/100kms.

A six-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode that allows the driver to change gears manually is the perfect partner for this spirited power plant.

A five-star ANCAP safety package is built around an impressive portfolio of a multi-mode anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, active stability control, active traction control, dual side driver and passenger’s curtain and driver’s knee airbags, hill start assist, and high-intensity discharge headlamps. Add to that a reversing camera.

Inside, the ASX is packed to overflowing with technology features. That includes steering wheel cruise control, air conditioning, a Bluetooth hands free kit, tilt and telescopic steering column, a speedo and tachometer with a dimming function, and a highly-visible 6.1 inch touch screen audio system that is particularly user- friendly.

In fact, the whole interior has a comfortable and welcoming aura.

Easy entry and egress and a high-riding, high-visibility stance for the driver are combined with a spacious interior that will give up to 416 litres of cargo space with the 60/40 rear seat split. Getting to that is made easier by an easy opening tailgate.

Best of all the ASX is a dream to drive — composed and agile as it nips through the city streets, fits effortlessly into even tight parking spaces and purrs on the open road.

The ASX is competitively priced and carries Mitsubishi’s 10/5 diamond advantage warranty system, claimed to be New Zealand’s best new car warranty.

It is the sort of vehicle designed to appeal to every kind of buyer, from families all the way through to retired couples. It is also proving popular with business and large institutes where it promotes arguments about whose turn it is to take it out.

Making friends with Mitsubishi’s mid-size SUV is well worthwhile.

MITSUBISHI is offering its ASX SUV as the perfect vehicle for an active life, a claim the stylish and smart vehicle can more than live up to.

Whether it’s a busy day of shopping or business calls, or just a pleasant drive to the beach, the ASX is well and truly up for it and a bit more.

While the ASX has been around for a while now, Mitsubishi has made steady improvements to the stage where it can hold its head up amid a phalanx of competitors.

The test drive vehicle was the two-wheel-drive petrol XLS. An upgraded VRX is available also and the company has two diesel models, again an XLS and VTX.

The entry-level petrol model brings a highly desirable combination of smooth power and economy from its 2litre MIVEC petrol engine, with maximum power of 112kW at 6000 rpm and best torque of 200Nm, backed up by a frugal fuel consumption figure of 7.4 litres/100kms.

A six-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode that allows the driver to change gears manually is the perfect partner for this spirited power plant.

A five-star ANCAP safety package is built around an impressive portfolio of a multi-mode anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, active stability control, active traction control, dual side driver and passenger’s curtain and driver’s knee airbags, hill start assist, and high-intensity discharge headlamps. Add to that a reversing camera.

Inside, the ASX is packed to overflowing with technology features. That includes steering wheel cruise control, air conditioning, a Bluetooth hands free kit, tilt and telescopic steering column, a speedo and tachometer with a dimming function, and a highly-visible 6.1 inch touch screen audio system that is particularly user- friendly.

In fact, the whole interior has a comfortable and welcoming aura.

Easy entry and egress and a high-riding, high-visibility stance for the driver are combined with a spacious interior that will give up to 416 litres of cargo space with the 60/40 rear seat split. Getting to that is made easier by an easy opening tailgate.

Best of all the ASX is a dream to drive — composed and agile as it nips through the city streets, fits effortlessly into even tight parking spaces and purrs on the open road.

The ASX is competitively priced and carries Mitsubishi’s 10/5 diamond advantage warranty system, claimed to be New Zealand’s best new car warranty.

It is the sort of vehicle designed to appeal to every kind of buyer, from families all the way through to retired couples. It is also proving popular with business and large institutes where it promotes arguments about whose turn it is to take it out.

Making friends with Mitsubishi’s mid-size SUV is well worthwhile.

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