Ok so this review turned out a little different then I had imagined as I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from the ASX LS when I picked it up being the bottom specced model and the fact it had the same 2.0L 4cylinder I wasn’t too impressed with in the Outlander but boy was I wrong.
Now it has taken a bit to write this review and I am still at a loss to come up with big reasons why I actually liked this car as much as I did.
On the outside the ASX is not a bad looking car and the on the inside the interior while not being overly fancy as you would expect for an entry level model was comfortable, functional, well set out and had a decent amount of leg room and space.
The leather bound steering wheel was comfortable to hold and a decent thickness for me, the instrument panel while being a basic set up was easy to read in any light.
The centre stack which is home to the 6.1inch colour touch screen for the audio system was well set out, the multimedia system is easy to use and the audio sound wasn’t too bad at all.
Under the bonnet the LS model is powered by a 2.0L 4 cylinder petrol engine developing 110kW and 197Nm, now while I came away feeling a little cold about this engine in the Outlander it was a totally different story this time around mostly thanks to to the lower curb weight and smaller size of the ASX.
I found the engine was free reving and while it’s not blessed with a massive amount of power is good enough to keep up traffic both in normal city driving and on the freeway.
While I didn’t get to do a proper fuel economy check because economy metre reset after every trip I found the ASX to rather good on petrol.
Backing the 4 clinder engine is 5 speed manual transmission I found the shifts were lick and the lutch light to operate and very easy to find the friction point.
On the road I found the ASX handled not bad at all there is touch of body roll on cornering but it wasn’t overly noticible.
The ride was rather smooth and it seemed to ride and handle the bumps of your typical Sydney roads without any bangs or crashes, The steering was ok but I would have liked a touch more feel and weight.
Safety wise the ASX has received a 5 star safety rating and comes standard with a long list of safety features including 7 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist System (EBA), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), ISO-Fix child seat mountings and the ASX gets bonus points for having Reverse parking sensors and more points for having a review camera as well.
After a week I came away rather surprised with the ASX as it was a lot better then expected while I couldn’t actually put my finger on why I liked it so much I think the whole package combined to make it rather fun to drive.
The ASX does make a compelling case for somebody after a small suv with a reasonable amount of space, 5 star safety and long standard equipment list specially for an entry level model and the added piece of mind of a 5 year or 100,000km Warranty, Capped price servicing and roadside assistance.
Certainly if you are looking for a small SUV then you certainly should have the ASX on your list, while the 2.oL 4 cylinder and the 5 speed manual it a fun drive I would spend a touch more and go for the AWD model and the diesel engine and 6 speed auto as to me it makes a more attractive package.
There have been rumours of Mitsubishi doing a performance car based on an SUV and I tweeted to them more then once during the week that an ASX with the bigger 2.4L 4clyinder mitsubishi makes coupled with the DCT from the Ralliart Lancer and the ASX could make a good base for that.
If you are after small SUV then you should definately have the ASX on your list for more info check out Mitsubishi’s website http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au or head into your local dealership.
Massive thanks to Mitsubishi for supplying the pics as PC probs meant I lost all of mine.
2015 Mitsubishi ASX LS
Price: from $25,000
Engine: 2.0L 4 cylinder 110kW and 197Nm
Transmission: 5 speed manual
Reverse parking sensors, Reverse camera, 18” alloy wheels, Fog lamps, Privacy glass, Halogen headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL).
Leather bound steering wheel and gearshift, Climate control air conditioning with air conditioning and heater ducts, Cruise control, Central door locking with keyless entry, Power windows front and rear, Steering wheel controls for cruise control, phone and audio, High contrast instrument meter, Remote boot release, Day/night rear view mirror, Floor console with upper and lower storage. Front Door pockets, Cup and bottle holders, Luggage tie-down hooks.
Cloth seat trim, Driver seat with slide, recline and height adjustment, Passenger seat with slide and recline adjustment, 60:40 split fold rear bench seat.
AM/FM radio/CD/MP3 player, Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) radio, Display Audio with 6.1” full colour touch screen, 4 speakers, Multi information display, USB Input, iPod control, Bluetooth phone connectivity & audio streaming with voice control.