A mid-life update for the Mitsubishi ASX has made a decent tow car even better.
The 2.2-litre diesel engine, borrowed from the larger Outlander, is a definite plus. It’s not a quiet engine, but there’s no doubting its strength, pulling car and caravan from 30-60mph in 13.3 seconds.
Even in windy conditions, the ASX has the stability to go with its speed. At the legal limit our testers found that the Mitsubishi towed straight and true. Even beyond 60mph only slight steering corrections were needed.
The hill-start test posed no problem for the ASX. The handbrake held car and caravan still without needing to be yanked hard, and with such a strong engine the ASX easily pulled to the top of the hill. Some drivers reported a little wheel-spin with the car in two-wheel drive, which was easily cured by switching to four-wheel drive.
There are bigger and roomier cars in this weight division, but there’s enough space for adults to be comfortable in the back seats. The boot is a reasonable size, and took all but one item from our typical load of holiday luggage.
A more favourable exchange rate has helped Mitsubishi price the ASX more competitively than before, and ‘4’ spec comes with a long list of standard kit.