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Basic information about my car
2020 Mitsubishi ASX 2WD, OTR price RM111,628.00, currently with rebate and tax exception.
Reasons why I bought this car
Wanted to upgrade from a sedan to an SUV car, all this while been driving a sedan. Models owned previously were Proton Wira 1.3, Proton Savvy 1.2 ATM (hmmm), Perodua Myvi 1.5 and the last sedan was Nissan Almera 1.5 Nismo kit, no regrets on all these cars owned except for the Proton Savvy – nightmare, this is the model that thought me to be more careful and to be cautious when purchasing a car, so due to this year on the tax rebate thought of taking advantage on owning a new car, also wanted a unit that is 1.5 above due to frequent travel to outstations and also wanted a more comfortable ride for the family.
So while just randomly doing surveys on SUV models, I saw this ASX unit that is owned by the owner of a bar that I always go to hang out, thus I enquired with her on the model, it was the 4WD version, white color, I myself liked the brand and had a sentimental value towards Mitsubishi because my father owned a Mitsubishi lancer during the 90s and one day she just told me to go for a drive and test yourself and if I liked it. It was a comfortable, simple designed car. One day just went to the Mitsubishi showroom enquired about the ASX model, comparing the 4WD and 2WD, took a test drive, and somehow I and my wife loved it.
Car Selection Process
As for budget I was cautioned, due to the covid-19 epidemic and the economic impact - was not in favor to invest in a high spec car, as previously mentioned the deal given by the sales advisor was good and the monthly installment is reasonable, just had to fork out RM14,000.00 as a down payment from the selling off my Nissan Almera, the trade-in value was reasonable also.
Model(s) that I have considered include:
Interesting questions, before opting out for ASX, I was in favor of X70, to be honest, it was a mixed feeling after reading reviews and after-sales issues, the salesperson couldn’t convince me on the issues when I questioned, same goes for Honda HRV. Subaru XV was another option in fact nearly opted for this however the rebate was lower compare to ASX and I even tried the new 1.0 turbo Nissan Almera just for the sake of sentimental value - thoughts of owning one before (hmm 1.0 turbo but felt underpowered).
Reasons why I chose this car:
Did a bit more in-depth research on this unit and what is currently Mitsubishi was offering. Just for info, Mitsubishi is currently assembled by Tan Chong motors so I was comfortable with this since of course Nissan models are also manufactured here – as I said as a previous owner of the Nissan Almera it was a good car and didn’t give any problems for 6 years, the trust element was there, other than that most important I also surveyed on the after-sales and according to JD powers sales satisfaction 2019, Mitsubishi is second on the list. Besides that, took some time to read reviews by joining via a Facebook group page “Mitsubishi ASX Malaysia Owners Club (official)” MAMOC. We opted for the 2WD since the price and rebate were reasonable with 5 years’ warranty + 5-year free service (except for the wear and tear parts), which is a great economy package and this deal was only for the 2WD.
If we talk about Mitsubishi ASX engine specs then the Petrol engine displacement is a 2.0 1998 cc, some might not be in favor of this as now car models are equipped with turbo options. ASX is available with a CVT transmission, some drivers don’t like this. Also, depending on the variant and fuel type the ASX has a fuel consumption of 13.2 km on the highway, so far the petrol consumption is good. The ASX is a 5 seater SUV and has a length of 4295 mm width of 1770 mm, and a wheelbase of 2670 mm. along with a ground clearance of 195. In terms of the interior is nothing to shout about, it’s still an old school for 2WD, with no push key start but with some extra features such as an android player, parking sensor, rain sensor device, and daytime running lights. The car boot is small for an SUV, however, for a small family, it should be fine.
I have already done 3,000 km
Since the purchase, my thoughts about the car are:
Pros: Classy look, so far so good, cozy ride, comfortable for a long-distance drive, petrol consumption is not heavy, car sound system is good, Good flow of air conditioning system, the CVT good, pick up is good.
MIVEC engine might be old school but it's proven a powerful engine. The DOHC 16-valve MIVEC unit produces 150 PS and 197 Nm of torque, as for ASX or any Mitsubishi car parts is easy to obtain.
Cons: car soundproof not so good, maybe will do soundproofing with an affordable price, not sure about this catalytic converter as maybe is good to reduce toxic gases and pollutants in the exhaust gas because once the car engine stops there is a long “ticking” sound. This what the service center mentioned is normal due to the catalytic converter and last but not least Mitsubishi has to improve in the interior and features, not in favor for the handbrake too due to latest trends SUVs are equipped with a leg brake.
Total Score: 4
Quality & Features: 3.5
Ride Comfort: 4
Fuel Economy: 4
Price & Cost: 3.5
Compact SUV, Simplicity, efficiency & quality.
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