Adding an extra grade lower-cost model is all the rage at the moment in an endeavour to fight against slowing sales. Mitsubishi has joined the game with its small SUV adding an ASX ES, which sits beneath the LS and Exceed variants in the revised range.

The ASX is already well priced and often the biggest seller in its class. At $23,490 plus on-road costs, with a five-speed manual gearbox, and $25,490 with a CVT automatic transmission you get a lot for your money. It is now the only ASX model with a manual gearbox.

Further simplification of the range means that all Mitsubishi ASX models will be powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, and there is no AWD option.


The ES is no price-stripper, it has 18-inch silver alloy wheels, Smartphone Link Display Audio, a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen, DAB radio, two USB ports and two IsoFix child seat restraints.

Standard safety features include seven airbags, ABS, Active Stability Control, EBD, Traction Control and a reversing camera.

We will get ourselves into a Mitsubishi ASX in ES format and carry out our usual road test to see how this big selling SUV is standing the test of time. It has been on the market for over seven years now, but still looks good and looks as though it could be around for quite a while yet.


ES: $23,490 (manual), $25,490 (CVT)
ES with ADAS: $26,990 (CVT)
LS: $27,990 (CVT)
Exceed: $30,990 (CVT)
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Mitsubishi dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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