Model-year updates likely to keep it at the top of the game.
Mitsubishi’s small SUV, the ASX, might be getting a little long in the tooth but there’s still quite a bit of life in it yet. Even though it’s squashed between the larger Outlander and not-that-much-smaller Eclipse Cross, the ASX has long held its own in the Mitsubishi lineup, and has been the favoured choice for Australians shopping in this segment for quite a while.
The key to a successful reign is willingness to innovate, and the MY2019 ASX has done just that. Mitsubishi’s rejigged their kit list for the new model year and as a result, the ASX is now more appealing overall, and even more value-packed than ever before.
With the 2019 model-year comes the introduction of the ASX ES, a new entry-level model that offers pretty considerable bang for your buck. The 2.0-litre MIVEC petrol engine under the bonnet goes on unchanged, and so it continues to produce 110kW and 197Nm. However, the $23,490 ASX ES price leader sends that power to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual, though spending $2k more will net you an automatic gearbox.
Though the ES is an entry-level variant, it comes rather generously packed with kit. ES models benefit from 18-inch alloys, daytime running lights, a reversing camera, and a rear cargo cover. On top of that, there’s also a 7” colour touchscreen infotainment system (with smartphone mirroring & DAB digital radio), 7-airbags, and the usual smattering of vehicle stability controls. If you spend another $1500 you add a raft of advance driver assistance systems which we highly recommend, like lane departure warning (LDW), collision warning (FCW), blind-spot warning (BSW) with lane-change assist (LCA), rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA), automatic headlights & wipers, reverse sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, front fog lights, and exterior mirrors with indicators. Autonomous emergency braking however, is standard.
Step up to the mid-range LS and you lose the option of a manual gearbox, as it’s auto-only for the ASX past the entry-level model. Jumping into the LS adds driver-assistance kit like LDW and FCM, but that’s it. However, its 18-inch alloys are now finished in two tones, it’s gained automatic high-beam, and features a microsuede/faux-leather upholstery combination too. There’s also keyless entry & go, dimming rear view mirrors, and auto headlights and wipers.
The top-spec ASX is now dubbed the Exceed, and adds on a panoramic glass roof, full leather upholstery, heated front seats, powered drivers’ seat, 6-speaker audio system, and a chrome exhaust tip. Flashy.
|ASX ES||2.0 MIVEC Petrol||5MT||$23,490|
|ASX ES Auto||2.0 MIVEC Petrol||CVT||$25,490|
|ASX ES Auto w/ ADAS||2.0 MIVEC Petrol||CVT||$26,990|
|ASX LS||2.0 MIVEC Petrol||CVT||$27,990|
|ASX Exceed||2.0 MIVEC Petrol||CVT||$30,990|
Unfortunately, as part of the 2019 update, the Mitsubishi ASX will no longer be available with a turbodiesel powerplant, or all-wheel drive. To us, the ASX proved itself a capable softroader when so equipped, though we can’t argue with the majority of buyers opting for the petrol donk & front-wheel drive. And with the ASX already at the top of the list for many small SUV buyers, these new updates can only propel the little Mitsu to greater heights.