It's been a couple of years since I last climbed behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi ASX and so it was with a sense of hopeless despondence that I grabbed the keys to our long-termer.
The game's moved on a long way since the ASX was the new kid on the block and to be honest my expectations of our range-topping ASX4 were not high as I made my way across the car park.
More fool me. From the outside the model's jet fighter grille gives the ASX a distinctively aggressive look that sets it apart from the homogenous mass that now makes up the bulk of this sector.
Inside, the spacious cabin has a stylish, quality feel. And with the recent addition of a panoramic glass roof and a new automatic transmission – both standard features – Mitsubishi has raised its game even further.
The drive's good too. The steering's precise, the auto gearbox is smooth and refined, the four-wheel-drive system gives an assured feel, and the 2.2-litre turbodiesel powerplant provides plenty of torque and punch.
All in all, there's much to recommend this car and it's a 'must look' for anyone in the market for a new crossover.
I certainly won't be leaving it so long to climb behind the wheel in future.
Author: Mal Hay (@MalcolmHay)
Model: Mitsubishi ASX 4 4WD Automatic
Price: £23,899 (as tested)
Engine: 2.2-litre diesel
Power: 147bhp, 360Nm
Max speed: 118mph
Mileage this month: 341
This month's highlight
The sunroof – it's a sign of how far this car has moved on since it first arrived in 2010.