Last week we helped you with choosing the right Outlander, and now we’ve stepped it down a notch, with a buyer’s guide on its smaller sibling, the ASX.

ASX stands for Active Sports Crossover, and that’s exactly what it is. A sporty, stylish and above all practical car, the ASX is the ideal motor if the all-conquering Outlander is just that little bit too big.

Perfect for families looking for a capable SUV that fits in as well in the city as it does in the wild, the ASX costs from less than £16,000 in its basic guise.
Thinking of an ASX but not sure which one is for you? Read on to find out…

The smart choice for those on a budget: ASX 2

The basic-spec ASX is the 2. Costing from £15,999 with Mitsubishi’s 1.6 MIVEC petrol engine and a five-speed manual gearbox, it is all the ASX you need, plus more. Its powertrain produces CO2 emissions of 135 g/km and returns a competitive fuel economy of 48.7 mpg.

On the exterior, it boasts 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights with daytime running lights, privacy glass, a chrome window beltline and a shark fin antenna. Meanwhile, interior kit is just as impressive, with a Bluetooth hands-free phone kit, seven airbags, air conditioning, a tyre pressure monitoring system, low-washer-fluid warning light, electric windows and heated folding door mirrors all featuring. Finally, safety and security is accounted for by Mitsubishi’s Active Stability & Traction Control, hill start assist and an alarm system with keyless entry.

The smart choice for value for money: ASX 3

The ASX 3 may only be the next model up from the basic 2, but the equipment it adds belies this.

With Mitsubishi’s 1.6 SOHC diesel powertrain, this time with a six-speed manual gearbox, this model costs £20,349.
The engine is more economical than the petrol, producing CO2 emissions of 132g/km and achieving a fuel economy of 56.5mpg.

On top of the basic model, the ASX 3 adds a rear-view camera, touchscreen display audio system, DAB radio with six speakers, climate control air conditioning, keyless entry and start button, heated front seats, cruise control and automatic rain and dusk sensors. While you relax in its exceptional comfort, the exterior is decked out with 18-inch alloy wheels, Xenon Super wide range HID headlamps, electric heated door mirrors with side turn lights and a chrome front grille and fog lamp surround.

The smart choice for technophiles: ASX 5

Finally, technophiles looking for an ASX should opt for the top-spec ASX 5, complete with a potent 2.2-litre DOHC diesel and six-speed automatic transmission, with manual paddle shifts.

In this guise, the ASX will set you back £28,349, but the price hike over the lower-spec models is totally worth it.
Inside, the model is decked out in premium Nappa leather and all seats are heated to provide optimum comfort. Rear passengers will be able to remain connected, thanks to twin rear USB charging ports, while front and rear LED mood lighting also features. The high-spec multimedia system that is standard on the ASX 4 and 5 takes pride of place on the dash and includes a rear-view camera, USB connectivity and a hands-free Bluetooth telephone function.

Alongside being technologically equipped, this model is reasonably economic, achieving 48.7mpg, while producing 152g of CO2 per km.