Comparo: Mitsubishi ASX 2011 vs Nissan Qashqai 2010 at Dubai Autodrome

Comparo: Mitsubishi ASX 2011 vs Nissan Qashqai 2010 at Dubai Autodrome

Mitsubishi held its GCC launch event for their all-new 2011 ASX sub-compact crossover at the Dubai Autodrome racetrack a couple of weeks ago. To make things interesting, they even had a few 2010 Nissan Qashqai crossovers at hand for comparison. Incidentally, the Qashqai has been facelifted for 2011, though changes are minimal.

Mitsubishi says that they used the Qashqai as their benchmark when designing the ASX. The 2011 Mitsubishi ASX is interesting in that it is built on the Outlander platform, and therefore has the exact same wheelbase as its bigger sibling, but with the front and rear ends shortened. That means the legroom inside is the same as the Outlander, with only headroom slightly less and cargo volume cut down to make it a subcompact.

This was immediately apparent, as the ASX seems to have better rear legroom compared to the Qashqai, even though the Nissan is slightly longer in overall length. The ASX also has better headroom than certain larger crossovers such as the swoopy new Kia Sportage. However, people close to six feet tall will have their heads very close to the roof in the back seat.

Continuing the comparison, the 2010 Qashqai has generous amounts of soft-touch plastics, especially on the whole dashboard and along all the upper door sills. The ASX has soft-touch materials only on the passenger-facing parts of the dashboard, and the upper sills of the front doors only. It is still a step up from the larger Outlander, which has only hard plastics throughout.

Our time spent on the track with either vehicle was so brief that it’s hard to judge differences between the ASX and the Qashqai. Both handle the track rather decently, considering they are both tall-riding SUV-wannabes. These crossovers are simply cars with taller bodies, and drive just as well on the track, handling sharp corners and S-curves without feeling the least bit tipsy. Both come with buzzy 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines, CVT transmissions, four-wheel-disc brakes and a choice of front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. And both were outclassed by the Mitsubishi Eclipse pace car we were following.

If we had to guess, we’re inclined to say the Qashqai possibly exhibited a bit more body roll on the turns and had less feedback from the controls. The Qashqai also seemed to understeer more towards the outside of the turns with front tyres squealing more than those of the ASX, although that could be down to the rubbers.

Ride quality is impossible to determine on the super-smooth racetrack, and we don’t remember much about wind noise as we were busy staying between the lines. Our photographer also had a go in both cars, and he claims the ASX offers smoother “shifts” than the Qashqai when using the manual function on the CVT, although I feel that is a pointless observation. At least the a/c seemed up to the task in both cars.

As it appears, the Mitsubishi ASX offers a better overall value than the Nissan Qashqai in terms of total equipment, space and pricing. Styling is subjective, but Nissan’s Qashqai so far looks to be popular with family men with limited means, while Mitsubishi openly claims they are targeting the ASX at women, even if its angry face says otherwise.

Event photos by Faisal Khatib. Other photos supplied by manufacturer.

What do you think?



  1. Author

    I apologise for the lack of actual photos. Faisal became busy with making a walkaround video of the ASX and didn’t take many photos. I’ll put up the video some day.

  2. ASX looks cool… I think it will spoil Outlander’s sales(from its own stable) and at the same time bite a bit of share from other crossovers sales.

  3. ASX have Evo’s angry look. Liked it.

  4. please help im going to buy a new car for my family. im considering ASX and chevrolet captiva. is it true that captiva is manufactured from korea, as it is korean car,.. please help guys…

  5. Author

    ^Yes, the Captiva is from Korea and a bigger car.

  6. Captiva, Aveo, Epica are all Daewoo Cars. Since GM owns the ex Daewoo it brands them as chevrolet in this region.

  7. thanks guys so i think it is better to buy ASX over captiva. because im looking for the reliability, style, safety, longevility and functionality of a car. what do guys think..

  8. the first picture of ASX is nice. It has different front bumper than the ones i see before. I hope the u.s version (outlander sport) carries similar bumpers.

  9. this car is beautiful that we ever seen here in this picture how do you prove that asx is faster than the fortuner

  10. we have seen the new the new product of mitsubishi.can you kindly compare this with toyota’s fortuner in terms of durabilty,performance,speed’; interior design,exterior, and maintenance.

  11. could u test it again plz but a real road test next time thanx

  12. asx and fortuner are totaly different asx is a compact suv while fortuner is a big suv. durability and performance of a mitsubishi is already tested,and asx interior was way better than cheap design of a fortuner,even exterior design like a fighter jet which develop in latest design of see more just visit

  13. Qashqai is extremely smooth while driving, very comfortable and extremely smooth gear change. You need to check with others. Best is test drive and try reverse parking too. You will understand the comfort level.

  14. could u plz test drive the 2010 pajero plz thanx

  15. Try the new kia sportage ! ıt is cool.

  16. Don’t forget Fuel Economy! We need to save money and be practical.

  17. never mind the fuel just have fun driving the asx and big cars.Don’t forget that you only have one life.

  18. Along with the great design and compfortable interior, this luxury SUV possesses safety features like airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) that enhances the stability of the vehicle. An other safety feature such as Anti-locking System, has also been added to enhance the safety of the vehicle. It offers efficient fuel economy and large storage capacity as well. Overall this SUV is suitable for those who need to buy something new in the SUV line up

  19. OOOOOOOOOhthatQashai i like it and i want to buy it.

  20. Mashfique Hussain Chowdhury

    I wanted to ask you something i am getting my licenses soon and i a beginner and i am thinking of getting Nissan Qashqai do u advice me to get it as a first car.

  21. Hi, I am planning to buy a compact SUV and I am very much confused between Mitsubishi ASX and Hyundai Tucson (2WD). This is my first car and one of the major factors which I am looking for is the resale value of the car. Can you please let me have your advice on this as its getting very difficult for me to decide.

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  22. i have mitsubishi asx 2011 model (2nd option).

    it has no USB port and AUX input. how can i install these coz i need them to connect my phone or play music?

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