Mitsubishi ASX is the smallest vehicle in the company’s four-model SUV range beneath
the Eclipse Cross, Outlander and Pajero Sport.
ASX (the acronym stands for Active Sports Crossover, not Australian Stock Exchange!)
has been around since 2010 and competes against a host of rivals in the small SUV
category including Hyundai Kona; Mazda CX-30; Kia Seltos; Subaru XV; Toyota C-HR;
and the class sales leading MG ZS.
Despite being largely unchanged throughout the decade ASX has been a star performer
for Mitsubishi thanks to a combination of sensible design, functionality and sharp pricing.
The ASX comes with the choice of five variants: ES, MR, LS, GSR and Exceed. The first
three are powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine, while the GSR and Exceed step up to 2.4
litres. ES comes with the choice of manual or automatic transmission, all others are auto
As is the case with most vehicles in its class, ASX doesn’t have an all-wheel drive option
with drive going through the front wheels.
With its styling looking somewhat dated a 2019 facelift for the ASX worked wonders with a
new bolder version of the Mitsubishi Dynamic Shield front end and other tweaks turning it
into one of the best-looking vehicles in its class.
The side and rear are largely unchanged except for a new bumper and taillights.
Inside are black cloth headlining, microsuede and leather-look seats with red stitching. The
Exceed has leather seats.
ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
Going against the present trend towards turbocharging, both ASX engines are naturally
The GSR and Exceed get a 2.4-litre unit with power of 123 kW and torque of 222 Nm at
4100 rpm. ES, MR and LS get a 2.0-litre powerplant with outputs of 110 kW and 197 Nm
at 4200 revs.
The ES manual has five speeds, while all other models have continuously variable
Standard safety features across the ASX range include seven airbags; ABS brakes with
emergency brake assist, brake override and electronic brakeforce distribution; emergency
stop signal; forward collision mitigation; active stability control; reversing camera; and two
Isofix child seat anchors.
The entry-level ES can be ordered with an ADAS package which adds lane departure
warning; automatic dusk sensing headlights; blind spot warning; lane change assist; and
rear cross traffic alert. These features are not available in the MR but are standard in the
LS, GSR and Exceed.
All variants have an eight-inch touchscreen system in the top centre of the dashboard. It’s
clear and easy to read with only minimal distraction needed to operate. There’s also voice
Bluetooth pairing is fast and intuitive and there’s smartphone mirroring through Apple
CarPlay or Android Auto along with DAB digital radio where available.
The Exceed gets a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system as well as
integrated satellite navigation. Other models get four- or six-speaker generic audio.
There are twin USB ports at the base of the centre console and two more in the rear.
Access is impressively easy and it has a spacious feel for a relatively small vehicle. Once
settled in, the front seats are well-shaped, supportive and comfortable.
Rear seat legroom is pretty good for all but more than six-foot passengers who will need
the usual compromise with those in front. Five can be carried but it’s better if the three in
the back are kids.
There’s good headroom in all seats, although that could be an issue with the panoramic
sunroof in the top-of-the-range Exceed.
Our test vehicle was the 2.4-litre GSR. The engine has plenty of grunt with just a hint of
torque steer if you flatten the throttle from a standing start. It’s nicely responsive, which we
like as it’s more pleasant to drive than the small displacement turbo-petrol engines that are
in vogue nowadays.
The drive is smooth and comfortable.
Steering has a pleasant nice feel and gives the driver good response. It’s no sports SUV,
though the engine almost puts it into that category at times. Cornering is simple and the
ASX generally follows the chosen line without you having to correct it midway through.
Road noise is generally well damped, but some stretches of Australia’s notorious coarse-
chip surfaces set up a fair bit of noise in the cabin.
Fuel consumption in the GSR is listed at 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres. During our usual mix
of urban and motorway conditions we averaged 8.7 L/100 km.
Although it’s gone 12 years without a new model Mitsubishi ASX continues to feel as
though it’s only a few years old with styling and technology updates and keen pricing
letting it keep pace with its many, much younger rivals.
It’s stylish, easy to drive and will appeal to both families with preteen children and retirees
Note that Mitsubishi is headlining its advertising with an industry-leading 10-year warranty.
It certainly sounds attractive on the surface but less so when you check the fine print
because not only is the 10-year deal dependent upon having your vehicles serviced
exclusively at its dealerships, but also the distance is limited at 200,000 km.
If you choose to have your servicing done elsewhere then the coverage drops down to five
years and 100,000 kilometres.
AT A GLANCE
2.0 ES: $24,990 (manual), $27,240 (automatic)
2.0 ES-L: $28,140 (automatic)
2.0 ES ADAS: $28,990 (automatic)
2.0 ES Plus: $28,890 (automatic)
2.0 MR: $28,990 (automatic)
2.4 MR Plus: $31,140 (automatic)
2.0 LS: $29,740 (automatic)
2.4 GSR: $31,990 (automatic)
2.4 XLS Plus: $33,640 (automatic)
2.4 Exceed: $34,490(automatic)
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your
local Mitsubishi dealer for drive-away prices.
SPECIFICATIONS (Mitsubishi ASX GSR 2.4-litre five-door wagon)
Capacity: 2.360 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 123 kW @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 222 Nm @ 4100 rpm
Fuel Type: 91 RON petrol
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 7.9 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 186 g/km
Continuously variable automatic
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4365 mm
Wheelbase: 2670 mm
Width: 1810 mm
Height: 1640 mm
Turning Circle: 10.6 metres
Kerb Mass: 1398 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 63 litres
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Solid disc
Five years / unlimited kilometres