With the crossover segment getting ever-more competitive, it’s no surprise that Mitsubishi felt the need to breathe new life into its ASX.

By the Japanese firm’s own admission, the vehicle is targeted at ‘style-conscious family buyers’, so the way it looks is clearly of paramount importance.

In that sense, the results of the 2017 upgrade are rather pleasing, with this versatile and capable machine now having a sharper look. The main cosmetic change comes at the front end where Mitsubishi’s so-called ‘Dynamic Shield’ nose has been introduced, bringing the styling of the ASX into line with the latest updates to the Mitsubishi Outlander.

But it’s not all about the aesthetics. Happily - the ASX is also pretty satisfying when you get behind the wheel too.

There’s a choice of three Euro 6-complaint engines, with thee revised ASX now offered with a new 1.6-litre diesel engine, tested here, which joins the 1.6-litre petrol unit in the line-up. However, the lion’s share of UK sales are expected to go to the larger 2.2-litre diesel.

Paired with a manual gearbox, the 1.6-litre diesel engine has impressive pull from just above idle.

While the ASX feels potent in the lower rev range, the initial sensation of power doesn’t last as the forward momentum tails off in the higher revs.

The stable and unflustered handling capabilities of the ASX inspire confidence, with the vehicle behaving more like a family hatchback when driven into corners with urgency.

Indeed, the steering is light and precise, even if it doesn’t offer a huge amount of feedback.

The ride remains composed on rutted roads as the suspension absorbs all but the worst surface imperfections.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine can be mated to either a four-wheel-drive or two-wheel-drive system - the test vehicle having the latter.

As I wasn’t planning on taking the ASX across any muddy fields or down any challenging farm tracks, the front-wheel drive system seemed perfectly adequate and had the added benefit of producing greater fuel economy.

In terms of refinement, there’s still a bit of work to be done to reduce the noise and vibration under heavy acceleration, which give it a bit of an agricultural feel.

On the plus side, there’s no question that the ASX is a smooth cruiser once you do get up to motorway speeds.

For the current model year, trim levels have been bolstered simplified to an easy-to-remember 2,3,4 and 5.

Even the entry-level 2 model is loaded with specification such as alloy wheels, air conditioning, leather steering wheel and Active Stability and Traction Control.

When you get up to the trim level 3, you’re treated to two-tone 18-inch alloys plus black wheel-arch garnishes, which certainly give the car a more dynamic look.

A further sense of luxury is brought about by the climate control system, push-start button, privacy glass and six speakers.

Inside the cabin, the ASX has a largely functional feel, although attempts have been made to give it a bit of much-needed flamboyance. A host of value-added extras, including a Nappa leather interior in a choice of colours, heated rear seats, twin rear USB charging ports, front and rear blue LED mood lighting, all help to enhance the experience.

Occupants of the ASX also benefit from the very roomy interior. There’s lots of space for the driver and front seat passenger, while passengers in the rear seats also get plenty of head and legroom.

The 419-litre boot also compares favourably to rivals such as the Renault Captur, Toyota CH-R and Skoda Yeti.

With its improved looks, high levels of practicality, lots of kit and the odd dash of luxury, the revised ASX is a more appealing package than its predecessor.