As the mornings become darker and colder, it’s getting harder and harder to crawl out of bed and into the car.

However, in the sleepiness of this early morning routine, there is something that can help. Heated seats. It’s a pleasant surprise that our medium-level ASX, which has a generally average spec, features this handy little extra. But it would be easy to miss: the slightly rickety button is almost hidden to the inner side of your seat and has two settings, though both seem to offer the same temperature. Staying in bed is better, but heated seats certainly make the transition to reality easier.

Mitsubishi ASX 3 1.6 5-dr 5-sp
Mileage 2538
Claimed combined
Our average
P11D price £17,549
Model price range £14,999-£22,049
CO2 (tax) 135g/km/16%
BIK 20/40% per month £47/£94
Service interval 12,500mls
Insurance group 13
Warranty 3yrs/unlimited mls
Boot space (min/max) 442/1992 litres
Engine size/power 1590cc/113hp
Top speed/0-62mph 113mph/11.4secs
Why we’re running it Can the ASX hold its own in
a competitive sector against
rivals like the Qashqai?
Positive Leftfield alternative,
Negative Not as good-looking
as Qashqai