Mitsubishi ASX PHEV: Diamond instead of diamond

Mitsubishi ASX PHEV: Diamond instead of diamond

Take the Renault Captur and replace the diamond on the front grill with Mitsubishi’s triple diamond logo. Then the writing of the Japanese on the back – the new Mitsubishi ASX and the production site in Valladolid, Spain is ready. Where the compact SUV from Renault rolls off the assembly line. The price of both types is largely the same (den Renault Captur Techno E-Tech 160 already available from 36,500 euros), operation however. So what should make the ASX attractive to potential customers?

At Mitsubishi, those involved come up with a few things when delivering a car. For example, that Mitsubishi offers a five-year warranty – Renault only has two. Or that the equipment of both cars differs to some extent. Above all, it is hoped that loyal long-term customers will stick with the brand when looking for a small SUV. At least 380,000 of its (slightly smaller) predecessors were sold in Europe, with prices starting at around 20,000 euros.

risk of confusion
The Mitsubishi ASX isn’t just a facelift from the Renault Captur – it’s basically the same car.

For Mitsubishi, however, the new generation of ASX is also something of hope: After two years ago they wanted to leave the domestic market, the ASX should now be a sign of return. We are back is the sign. And important energy should bring the alliance with Renault / Nissan.

A compact SUV with a length of 4.23 meters

The 4.23 meter long Mitsubishi is also a good car from time to time as a partner. Four years after its debut on the second-generation Captur, the design is still relevant. And inside it is clean, there is a lot of space and a pleasant atmosphere. The driver’s seats – adjustable in height – are comfortable and offer proper lateral support even on sharp bends. Even long distances are not stressful. The rear is only slightly cramped on the 16 cm adjustable seat while there are large seats in front.

Everything you need There are separate controls for the climate system, other functions are controlled in the ASX either through the steering wheel or through the software menus and the touch screen above the center console.  Getting used to it is easy.
All you need
There are separate controls for the air conditioning system, while other functions in the ASX are controlled either via the steering wheel or via the software menus and the touch screen above the center console. Getting used to it is easy.

The boot space is usually 422 litres. The features you want to reach easily while driving – such as the air conditioning – can be adjusted using switches and buttons. So you don’t have to painstakingly navigate through the sub-menus. The seven-inch screen in the center of the dashboard provides a clear navigation image, there are several USB sockets on the shelf and the digital instrument cluster in front of the driver (similar to the base version) is clear and informative. So far so good.

Electric range of only 49 km

The ASX (the acronym stands for Active Sports X-over) is available with five engine options: as a pure petrol engine, as a compact and full plug-in hybrid, and as our top model, our front-wheel drive plug-in. hybrid. A 1.6-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors (a small machine takes over the function of the starter generator) ensure a total car power of 117 kW or 159 hp. That’s good for a top speed of at least 170 km/h. A battery with a capacity of 10.5 kWh is also on board. You should be able to roam up to 49 km on average, and up to 64 km in city traffic.

a temporary streamer
As a plug-in hybrid, the Mitsubishi ASX has a total of three engines and a battery that stores 10.5 kWh of electricity. 39 liters of petrol went into the tank. This should enable a range of over 800 km to be displayed.

That might be enough for a daily commute between the office and home. But some plug-in hybrids now go further, some even nearly 100 kilometers on a single battery charge. In this regard, the Mitsubishi ASX temporary electric car is no longer updated. The charging power at the socket is also only 3.5 kW – it takes three hours to fill an empty battery. In the WLTP test cycle, fuel consumption of 1.3 liters of petrol per 100 km is specified for the plug-in hybrid – on top of that, electricity consumption is 13.5 kWh/100 km.

Mitsubishi begins ASX sales in March

Otherwise, the Mitsubishi ASX PHEV is modern and attractive. It hangs well on the gas and still comes on a quiet pedal. A slight hum can be heard from the passenger compartment when switching from electric to combustion mode. The petrol engine only makes noise when you press the accelerator pedal all the way down. But who does that? Operation: correct. Suspension: firm but still comfortable. Nothing is heard even on rough roads and the ASX stays put. It’s only when you take it out of the loop with a sharp step on the accelerator pedal that it briefly kicks its rear end. Electronics catches the car but quickly and safely again. Depending on the selected driving mode, the ASX can even detect cornering conditions. It then brakes each wheel individually if necessary to improve tracking.

Mitsubishi offers four equipment lines for the ASX, but even the standard equipment is plentiful. These include two LED headlights with automatic cruise control, voice recognition, connection to Apple Siri or Google Assistant, climate control, smartphone connection, heated exterior mirrors and a whole set of assistants. drive. Unfortunately, 39,390 euros are called for the plug-in hybrid. As of March he is at a Mitsubishi dealer.