Battle of The Suv’s

If there is a segment that follows a clear growth in the car market is the compact SUVs. This is not new, for years the emergence of Nissan Qashqai , with remarkable success, stimulated the release of new crossovers or SUVs with the same utilitarian, functional and familiar than the Qashqai spirit.

The SUVs with size around 4 meters and a half in length are coupled with urban SUVs, smaller, the protagonists month to month in enrollment. Just watch for a moment our streets and highways to know to what extent these have become popular compact SUV with aesthetics, very attractive to the general public for its practicality, achieved relatively good price and aesthetics.

The Nissan Qashqai has just renewed completely and exhibits a more modern and attractive image.We put face to face two of the best selling SUVs in the market: the Nissan Qashqai  and the Mitsubishi ASX  .

The first has been the sales leader in its segment in Spain during the first two months of this year, with 3,376 units sold. The second enrolls at a lower rate, but also notable: 918 units in January and February. Keep in mind that the Qashqai is a new model, which considerably renewed a year ago , and it’s in your best marketing stage.

The ASX, on the other hand, appeared in 2010, and since then s nly has received minor updates . The last came in 2013 , which consisted of retouching grill and rear bumper, as key details.

The last restyling that received the ASX changed some details of its front, now more daring. One of the secrets of success of these two compact SUVs is its good value . We can buy a Mitsubishi ASX from € 20,100 and 21,000 Nissan Qashqai from. These prices correspond to input versions of both models with petrol engines. But most requested versions are usually the diesel , and in this sense, the most affordable are what we present in this comparison: the 180 DI-D of the Mitsubishi ASX 116 hp and 110 hp 1.5 dCi Nissan Qashqai, the two 4X2 transmission.

Both are large SUVs to consider excursions, mainly asphalt. If we left the field, keep in mind that these versions are compared 4X2, not 4×4.Different equipment and price

The Mitsubishi you see in the pictures is the Motion finish and finish worth € 24,350 . The Nissan corresponds to a finished slightly higher, Tekna Premium, and has a cost of € 28,800 . The price difference between the two is justified by the greater equipment of Nissan, as compared with Mitsubishi, has leather upholstery , opening system and keyless start, automatic parking assistant, 360º view camera, Nissan Connect browser with 7 “or tires 19”, among others. To be fair, this Qashqai Tekna Premium version equate with Kaiteki the ASX, which although does not have the support of Nissan systems, tires 19 “or view camera 360, for example, if it has heated front seats, Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers or ceiling electricity standard (optional on the Qashqai, costs € 550). The Mitsubishi Kaiteki finishing costs € 26,850.

The dashboard Mitsubishi ASX has quality and shows some good finishes. In the intermediate versions of the range is somewhat simpler, but no less attractive. This caution, we turn to assess the sensations offered two models when you get to your steering wheel.

First, we will discuss dimensions. It is important to know that this latest generation of the Qashqai has grown in size and now makes 4.37 meters in length compared to 4.29 of the ASX. Theoretically, this gives advantage when to allocate space for the passenger compartment, although the car also has a somewhat bulky body. Certainly, both in the front seats and the rear of the Qashqai much space , which allows its use as a family car with no problem.

Likewise, Mitsubishi has in its interior one of its strengths. As in the Nissan, there is a good hole for the knees and good ceiling height even for tall people. It also has central armrest in the rear with holes for drinks and seating for five passengers. In this sense, the central rear seat passenger travels more comfortable in the Nissan Mitsubishi thanks to the transmission tunnel less annoying. However, ASX backups are harder and less comfortable than the Qashqai.

The Nissan Qashqai greater perceived quality is perceived as the previous model. The new design, more daring, generates a feeling of space and comfort.As for luggage capacity, there is an advantage of 12 liters for the ASX (442 liters versus 430 Qashqai), insignificant. The trunk of Qashqai is more functional, to have a double floor and the possibility of establishing divisions to hold or better distribute the load. The Mitsubishi has a double bottom and two side holes to leave small objects. The two mounted antipinchazo kit , instead of the wheel cookie or replacement. The folding seat is similar: 60:40, in one operation, leaving a flat floor. Perfect.

Behind the wheel
When sitting in the front seats, the first thing that stands out is the jump in quality of finishes and materials that has seen the Nissan Qashqai in this new generation. It must be noted that our test unit mounted leather and regulations electric seat, among other details, not fitted to the Mitsubishi. This generates input, a greater sense of quality in the cabin, which should relativize. But still, the fact is that the overall design of the dashboard and the front seats of Nissan convinces me personally more. It looks more modern, better finish and ultimately more enjoyable.

The rear seats of the Mitsubishi have a very rigid backing. The central passenger enjoys a correct space to not disturb the transmission tunnel.At Mitsubishi, as is standard in the home, it shows good quality materials and good adjustments . The overall design is more classic. The center console is in a lower position than the Nissan, and the shift lever is longer. The Nissan uses an electronic handbrake, which is classic lever on the Mitsubishi. And in the Qashqai seems to better use two-part design of the dashboard to create a greater sense of spaciousness. The recent cosmetic upgrade here takes advantage Qashqai.

Both cars mounted panoramic sunroof, all recommended to brighten the interior. But do not forget that in the Nissan this roof is optional, while the Mitsubishi comes standard.

in the rear of the Qashqai the same sense of space and good finishes of the front is perceived.The seats are comfortable.Coping in the front seats in any of these cars is easy, as have regulations in every sense of seats and steering column . True to the jacket image they convey, hold positions of high conduction , as in an SUV, in which it enjoys a good visibility to the entire vehicle environment.They are not cars that offer a volume of information to excessive conductor, but the centralizedbasically through two screens: a small between clocks (something larger, readable in the Qashqai) and one in the center of the dashboard, digital type (6.1 “or 7” on the ASX, according finish, and 7 “in the Qashqai).

The Mitsubishi trunk has 442 liters with the rear row operations. The inlet is wide, and completely flat floor. Very profitable.Technology-based sensors
Both have parking sensors and rearview camera , offsetting one of the typical defects of these vehicles, such as poor visibility due to low back surface of window. These systems make it easier and safer maneuvering in town, and increase safety. In the Nissan this camera is of type 360, ie, provides a view of type “birds eye view” through four panoramic cameras vision system that offers the Mitsubishi or as an option.

The trunk of the Nissan Qashqai offers 430 liters of capacity, and has very practical solutions modularity. The apartment itself can make boundary to hold the load.Both cars have the detail of having enough slots and spaces to place drinks, mobile and save the portfolio . Their respective glove tray plants have mobile or goggles, plus USB and 12V plug.

Life on board these SUVs are nice, they are very comfortable for trips of medium or long haul, with friends or family. Their diesel engines are not noisy, and just transmit vibrations to the cabin. The soundproofing is good in both cases, but is best achieved in the Qashqai. On the ASX wind noise perceived at high speed and more mechanical noise. In any case, the two roll a good level of comfort on motorways and express roads, with a consumption level content.

On the road the Mitsubishi ASX is perceived light and agile. Your engine pulls hard midrange, and is a comfortable car, but is not as well soundproofed as his rival.Features, the just
are not SUV’s high performance as the 110 hp Qashqai and 116 hp ASX is get a fair bit for the size of their bodies. The ASX enforces its 6 hp more for better than the Qashqai accelerate in the 0-100 km / h: . 10.2 seconds versus 11.9 Qashqai

Engine Mitsubishi is more alive than the Nissan reactions, pushing a little less midrange, between 2000 and 4000 rpm. Note that the engine has the largest displacement ASX . It is a four-cylinder 1.8-liter, compared to the 1.5 liter engine of Nissan, which is something more “tight”.

In low, the two cars react properly, considering its low power. In this aspect, the Nissan compensates and seems to react more quickly to our request. Leaving from standstill respond more decisively in the first accelerator travel.

The Nissan Qashqai is very comfortable on the road, and has an easy and safe guidance. 110 hp version does not offer great benefits, of course, but pushes correctly.On the road the two have a very easy, intuitive and secure guidance . Their addresses are not too informative, especially the Qashqai, but fulfill their duties. Allowed to enter the car in corners with precision and sense of security. They are light enough addresses in town, somaneuvering through streets or park with either of these two SUV’s not supposed little effort . At the highest finishing range Tekna Premium, the Qashqai offers a wizard automatic parking, which detects the gap parking and guide the car with sensors, so that the driver only has to give gas and brake. This system is not available on the Mitsubishi.

The ASX belongs to a brand with a long tradition in the SUV, 4X2 but this version is only suitable for driving on tracks in very good condition.On the road curves, both defend well and his little body sway braces except when traveling heavily loaded . ASX suspensions are perceived more morbid than the Nissan, which have a slightly firmer tared. The Mitsubishi, in return, lighter and more nimble on twisty roads and traveling in empty note . The two tend to understeer if we forced the curve due to load much weight on the front. The Nissan equips Active Control System, which minimizes the understeer by braking the wheel on the inside of the curve.   Neither has the help of an all-wheel drive as they are 4×2.

Forget, therefore, to come out with any of them to the field if not for forest roads in very good condition. Otherwise, if the road is complicated or weather pulls us we find in the countryside with a car that stands little more than a conventional tourism. They are SUVs appearance , and little else.

The Qashqai is very comfortable running through forest roads, but this version with front wheel drive has the same limitations as his opponent in. Fieldreasonable consumption
Mitsubishi declares an average consumption for this version of the ASX of 4.5 l / 100km . Nissan does the same with the Qashqai and says spending 3.8 l / 100km on average. Theoretical advantage because for Nissan. In our test the Qashqai also recorded lower consumption: 6.4 l / 100km. The Mitsubishi marked us 7 l / 100 km on average. In any case, the results are good considering the size and weight of their bodies.

After spending several days shooting with these SUV’s for freeway, highway and city, understand the reasons for their success, mainly based on the balance offered in all aspects we look for when buying a car: space, functionality, ease and driving safety, economy of use and price . Both Mitsubishi and Nissan highly for an examination of these characteristics.

The struggle for starring in the segment of compact SUVs is very hard. The Mitsubishi ASX has the Qashqai great rival, who has just been updated and makes things very difficult.The Qashqai, as a result of its recent update, taking advantage over the ASX in everything that refers to aid systems driving , many of which are not available in the SUV brand of the three diamonds. It also has a more modern appearance, both outside and inside, where it perceives something more sophisticated. But this affects its price, which is higher than the ASX in any of its versions equipped. The Mitsubishi noted for its power and greater dynamic agility against the Qashqai , but do not exceed in technology and systems driving aid . Perhaps a review of their equipment in this regard would be advisable to maintain good competitiveness in the segment. However, it remains a great supporter of the excellent quality / features / price always been characterized.