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Our Fleet Test Drive: Mitsubishi ASX - 2nd report

Date: 22 November 2010   |   Author: Rachel Burgess

Category: Lower medium
P11D price: 17,549
Key rival: Nissan Qashqai

The option for iPod use in cars is fast becoming the norm, either through an aux-in socket or a USB connection. Mitsubishi's ASX offers both, hidden away in the centre armrest storage compartment.

Use the USB option and it is evident the iPod is recognised thanks to the small digital display stating 'iPod LOAD'. But then the system crashes. Perhaps my large (if questionable) music collection slows down the technology. However, when I switch back to the radio and wait at least 10 minutes, it seems ready to take the next step. What that is, though, is anyone's guess. You can scroll through the different folder options - playlists, albums, artists - using the small knob, but the limitations of the small display screen mean there seems no logical pattern to what's presented. Sometimes I arrived where I wanted to go; other times I was less lucky. Still, I eventually played the songs I fancied. And while it's not an advanced system at least it is do-able - another far more premium car in our long-term fleet, which has a large screen for displaying an iPod's functions, has not yet been figured out by any of the BusinessCar team.

Mitsubishi ASX 3 1.6 5-dr 5-sp
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 interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 13
Warranty3yrs/unlimited mls
Boot space (min/max)442/1992 litres
Engine size/power1590cc/113hp
Top speed/0-62mph113mph/11.4secs
Why we’re running itCan the ASX hold its own in
a competitive sector against
rivals like the Qashqai?
PositiveLeftfield alternative,
NegativeNot as good-looking
as Qashqai