Decent looks, decent legroom, decent handling, decent features
Few hard cabin plastics, average rear headroom, slow
The new-for-2011 Mitsubishi ASX is a 5-seater sub-compact crossover based on the Outlander platform and actually shares the exact same wheelbase, but is shorter at the front and especially the rear. The standard engine is a 2.0-litre DOHC 4-cylinder with MIVEC variable valve timing, CVT transmission and either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The all-wheel-drive has 2WD, 4WD and 4WD Lock modes. The base model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, cloth seats, soft-touch dash and front door surfaces, CD/MP3 player with AUX and USB ports, ABS-assisted disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension, up to seven airbags including a knee bag, and an optional panoramic glass roof with mood lighting along the sides. The top model gets 17-inch alloys, a front lip spoiler, intelligent entry with starter button, HID headlights, leather upholstery and a 7-speaker stereo with subwoofer, among other items. Available safety features include the aforementioned airbags, stability control, ABS with EBD, hill start assist and emergency braking blinkers.