2017 Mitsubishi ASX XLS Road Test and Review…
This is a follow-up review of the Mitsubishi ASX LS that I posted last week – this time though we’re talking the top-spec ASX – the XLS.
Not only the variant that comes with the most goodies, the ASX XLS also comes with the Mitsubishi 2.2 litre turbo-diesel engine.
This engine, producing 110kW/360Nm, makes the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX a more enjoyable vehicle to drive.
Providing more grunt than the petrol version, the diesel more easily cruises along at speed and tackles hills with greater ease.
It also more easily accommodates a full load of adults.
The big change though is with the diesel you get a ‘proper’ auto transmission and the feel is a lot smoother and more responsive than the CVT-fitted petrol version.
Oh, and the diesel engine comes bolted to an all-wheel drive driveline, rather than just front-wheel drive.
Fuel economy is also better than the petrol, expect to use somewhere around 7.5L/100km in the city and in the 6-litre range on the highway.
So you can see that my personal preference is the diesel version, even taking into account the generally higher price of diesel fuel compared to petrol in 2017.
The diesel also feels that little bit more refined than the petrol and that means less of the vibration through the pedals and steering wheel than what the LS grade ASX displayed.
The interior of the ASX XLS, to be honest, is not all that different from the base-model.
The big differences are the features, you get – leather seats, panoramic sunroof (that doesn’t open), keyless entry (buttons on front door handles), push-button ignition, electric driver’s seat, sat-nav, auto headlights and wipers.
Now, here’s the twist – you can get the diesel engine/auto transmission/AWD in the base-model LS guise.
This means you can access the more enjoyable powertrain, without blowing the budget – prices start from $32,000.
So, best of both worlds? A $5,000 saving off the top-spec model and the better drive!
If you can live without some of the extra bits and pieces, but still want things like 18″ alloys, reverse camera, digital radio, and five-star safety, then the ASX LS diesel could be the sweet spot in the range.
Check out more details on the Mitsubishi ASX in my LS review found here.
In summary though, if a five-seat small SUV is on your shopping list then I can’t give you any good reason not to test-drive the ASX.
It isn’t the most exciting or modern vehicle on the market, and you have to make-do without rear air-conditioning vents (even in the top-spec model), though it’s dependable, safe and reasonably priced.