Think of Mitsubishi and you might think of big 4x4 vehicles that can plough through the most treacherous terrain.
But the ASX is a 4x4 from Mitsubishi that’s designed to take things easier and bring a lifestyle dimension to proceedings - never more so than with these Black special edition models.
As the Japanese marque’s entrant in the burgeoning crossover 4x4 market, the ASX replicates the tough looks but is a far smaller and softer proposition overall.
The petrol engine option is a 1.6-litre 115bhp unit with MIVEC variable valve timing technology. It’s offered exclusively with the front-wheel-drive transmission and generates 154Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. Better still is the 1.8-litre DiD diesel which packs 148bhp and 300Nm or torque from 2,000rpm and comes in front or four wheel-drive guise with a six-speed manual gearbox in place of the petrol’s five-speed item.
The vast grille that dominates the car’s snout-like nose, should get the ASX noticed. Elsewhere the design is more conventional small 4x4 with the elevated ride height and roof rails.
The cabin isn’t hugely adventurous in its basic design but benefits significantly from the addition of a special edition black leather kit supplemented by carbon fibre inserts.
The control layout is simple with not too many buttons. The rear seat backs recline and there’s an optional panoramic glass roof to flood the cabin with light.
Luggage space is up to 416 litres but the rear seats can be dropped down to increase that substantially.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Mitsubishi ASX Black
PRICES: £21,099-£25,399 - on the road
INSURANCE GROUPS: 13-20
CO2 EMISSIONS: 135-150g/km
PERFORMANCE: [1.8 DiD 2WD] 0-60mph 9.7s / top speed 124mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: [1.8 DiD 2WD] 51.4mpg (combined)
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ABS, ASC, seven airbags.
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/heightmm 4295/1770/1615.