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.
Mazda continues to work with the naturally aspirated Skyactiv engines in the current model series. With the four-cylinder engine and the current facelift, proven Mazda technology is still used. It is the large-format cruiser for long-distance and holiday trips with sufficient storage space for all transport and leisure activities. In the current test, we placed value on suitability for everyday use and comfort.
The Japanese compact car Honda Jazz is currently in its fifth generation since 1991. The Jazz has also been sold in Germany since 2002 and became a Honda bestseller in the first few years. The new self-charging electric hybrid is equipped with the hybrid system i-MMD (intelligent multi mode drive). In the current version, the body has become noticeably more rounded and has been given clearer contours with the new front. For the starting price of 22.250 euros, Honda relies on a comparatively high level of technical equipment and low CO2 values in everyday life. During the test, we focused on suitability for everyday use.
The latest edition of the Yaris continues a concept that has been tried and tested for 22 years. An internal combustion engine continues to serve as the basis for the small car with full hybrid drive. The European design center was responsible for the original shape and since 2001 over 4 million Yaris have been produced in the French plant in Valenciennes. The full hybrid version is currently the best-selling model. A look into the modifications of the fourth generation of the Yaris.
Hyundai has been using larger battery packs in the Kona-E since the 2020 model year and thus better ranges in everyday life. The first successes came with 14.008 E-Konas sold last year. In addition to the short journeys, the completely redesigned compact SUV with easier entry and exit and the slightly raised seating position offers contemporary clarity and enough space for longer trips on vacation. With the facelift for 2021 there were still some optical and technical updates. In the summer test with the large 64 kWh battery pack, we took a close look at its suitability for long journeys.
Mercedes Benz has been defining its electrified car models using the abbreviation "EQ" since 2016 and promoting the new concept with the slogan "Electric Intelligence". Over the next few years, the premieres of the BEV models will be in the foreground of the concept models presented. The plug-in hybrids already have a permanent place in the Mercedes product portfolio. From the A to the S class, there are versions with petrol and diesel engines. The test reveals the character traits of the new A-Class with two drives.