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Mitsubishi SUV has good looks, comfort

POISE could be the best adjective for Mitsubishi’s ASX XLS, an SUV with good looks and comfort that inspires confidence from the driver.

The test drive was with the XLS two wheel drive petrol model, a vehicle that should have no trouble attracting buyers with a price tag just under $30,000 and a competitive portfolio of features.

As well as the two petrol two wheel drive vehicles, the ASX range includes two four wheel drive diesel models in which the XLS is joined by the more luxurious VRX, a quartet that will keep Mitsubishi in the game for the SUV market where most of the automotive world action seems to be.

Mitsubishi has put some thought into the design features for the ASX with a front grille accented by plenty of chrome. Crisp lines give the vehicle an impressive stance rounded off by stainless steel 18 inch alloy wheels which are standard on all four models.

The two wheel drive models are powered by the 2 litre MIVEC petrol engine, a standard unit for Mitsubishi with its maximum power of 112kW at 6000 rpm and top torque 200 Nm at 4200 rpm and fuel consumption of 7.6 l/100 kms.

That is paired by with another Mitsubishi regular, a six speed INVECS 111 transmission which uses belts instead of conventional cogs for smoother acceleration and also offers a sport mode for those who like to choose their own gears.

A five star ANCAP safety rating comes thanks to active stability and traction control for finding the safest course and ABS brakes for when you need to stop suddenly. Mitsubishi has also included a smartbrake that will apply if you unintentionally hit both pedals.

Completing the main defensive line are a high tensile energy absorbing lattice, seven airbags including side, curtain and driver’s knee and front seat belts that are designed to tighten and release in the safest possible way.

All the ASX range have reversing cameras and daytime running lights.

A comfortable interior makes driving in either city streets or the open road equally pleasant.

The leather steering wheel will adjust in four directions to find the most comfortable driving position and enjoy the high ride more.

A large six inch touch screen on the driver’s left houses the reversing camera, voice activated Bluetooth phone system and the four speaker entertainment system all of which can also be operated re managed from the steering wheel.

A low floor makes access to the rear cargo area easy and there is also keyless entry if you have your hands full.

The ASX will let you travel in style and comfort, it looks the look and walks the walk. When the value for money is combined with the 10 year Mitsubishi warranty package, the ASX really stands out.