We definitely got the timing right when arranging for the ASX to become my new long termer. With the weather turning colder and ice a threat, having the option of 4WD is a definite bonus.
In our ASX 4 1.8 diesel 4X4, there is an electronically-controlled 4WD system that offers three different modes: 2WD, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock. The dial sits next to the handbrake and displays which mode you are driving on the dashboard.
The 4WD Auto option offers more grip with a 50/50 split of torque transferred between the front and back wheels. In 4WD Lock mode, about 1.5 times the torque of 4WD Auto mode is transferred to the rear wheels to improve traction further.
So despite the weathermen forecasting that one of the coldest winters is coming our way, I feel quietly confident the ASX will not leave me stranded.
Safety played an important part of the design process for the ASX, as other features include Mitsubishi’s RISE technology (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution), ABS, Brake Assist, whiplash reducing seats and seven airbags as standard, helping the ASX to a maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating.
Our range-topping long termer is well equipped with leather interior and a Kenwood entertainment system with built in sat-nav and reversing camera.
I have found the Kenwood entertainment system to be slightly slow when responding to instruction especially when it starts up when you first get in the car which has led to a few jumpy moments when the music finally kicks in.