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Mitsubishi ASX as a plug-in hybrid

Mitsubishi ASX tested as a plug-in hybrid

The second generation of the ASX, introduced in 2023, inherits the previous model built since 2010. While the predecessor still had all the Mitsubishi genes, the new generation for the European market is a rebadged Renault Captur with the Mitsubishi brand logo and an adapted radiator grille. It is now intended to fill the gap after the previous model is phased out. The number of buyers in the SUV small car segment is also continuously increasing. Therefore, the model comes from the long-standing partnership of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

Like the Captur II, the vehicle is built in Valladolid, Spain. There is no all-wheel drive version like its predecessor. Compared to the previous model, with a vehicle length of 4,23 m, it is significantly more compact and fits even better into the small SUV segment. Despite these dimensions, the ASX offers enough space in the front seats. A highlight is the sliding rear seat. This means that the trunk can be expanded by up to 16 centimeters, which of course means there is less space for the rear passengers. But if you want to transport devices or need space for your own hobby, it is definitely a selling point.

More comfort compared to the previous model

The interior is peppered with storage compartments, shelves and cup holders and meets all current requirements for a relaxed trip across the country. The Renault interior is significantly more comfortable than its predecessor. Hard plastic has been replaced by softer materials and the contemporary integration of an inductive charging station facilitates wireless connection via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The instrumentation in our test car includes a 10,25-inch digital driver display that can be quickly personalized via the steering wheel menu.

The central and high-resolution information display can be seen as standard in this vehicle class. Depending on the equipment variants, there is a 7 or 9,3 inch version for multimedia content, navigation and individual configuration settings. It is clearly designed and intuitive to use. The selection of driving modes is quite clear; it includes the usual ECO, Pure and Sport modes.

Mitsubishi ASX as a plug-in hybrid
Mitsubishi ASX as a plug-in hybrid
Mitsubishi ASX as a plug-in hybrid

The assistance systems in the test car are contemporary in this vehicle segment. Starting with the reversing camera, the equipment is expanded to include traffic sign recognition, cruise control and parking assistance. Lane following assistant, speed warning and high beam assistant are also practical in everyday driving. This makes the Mitsubishi well equipped for medium and long distances.

The plug-in hybrid we drove with a 10,5 kilowatt-hour battery was able to drive purely electrically in the winter for up to 40 kilometers. This means that short distances and city traffic can be driven without a combustion engine. For households with a wallbox, the ASX can be charged practically overnight and used for commuting without using a combustion engine.

Good driving characteristics

During the test drives with a charged battery, there is a coordinated interaction between the electric motor and the combustion engine. Without an electric drive and an empty battery, propulsion is a little slower in long-distance traffic. Overall, there is a balanced picture for journeys across country and in city traffic. What's interesting is how smooth it runs on short journeys when the battery is charged.

Different variants available

The price range for the ASX varies widely depending on the engine and equipment level. The entry-level model as a turbo petrol engine with 91 hp starts at a manageable 20.990 euros. For the plug-in hybrid, on the other hand, the starting price is 37.990 euros (February 2024). This means that the differences in equipment and assistance systems are very broad and address different usage profiles.

Mitsubishi places particular emphasis on warranty and, as with its other models, offers a five-year guarantee compared to its competitor Renault's 2-year guarantee. Otherwise, the similarities are very clear and the customer should take a close look at the equipment variants and pricing. There are often special promotions at Mitsubishi to consider here.

Conclusion

The Mitsubishi ASX plug-in hybrid is a technically sophisticated vehicle that provides a good feeling of security with the extensive safety systems. It can be used very flexibly and appeals to both young families and drivers who would like to use flexible storage space. The test consumption in our winter tests depended on how intensively the battery was charged and used. You can use the electric motor alone for commuting to work or for short journeys in city traffic.

Addendum

Test from winter 2024

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