Our Fleet Test Drive: Mitsubishi ASX - 2nd report
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 |
|Model price range||£14,999-£22,049|
|CO2 (tax) ||135g/km/16%|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£47/£94|
|Boot space (min/max)||442/1992 litres|
|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 |