In a segment that is filled to the brim with excellent choices, manufacturers really need to pull out all the stops to remain relevant. Mitsubishi has tried to do this with its compact SUV, the ASX, which has received an upgrade. Some of the rivals it is up against includes a few of my favourites such as the Kia Seltos, Haval H2, and Hyundai Creta. But does it have what it takes. I am not so sure.
From a looks point of view it is certainly on par with its competitors. It is a very good-looking car and so the styling updates are very welcomed. It certainly needed it. I mean, this car first arrived in South Africa way back in 2011 and even though it has had some updates over the years, none have had quite the same impact as now.
It boasts a new bonnet, LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) as well as LED fog lamps with integrated turning signals, a redesigned radiator grille and a brand-new front bumper face. The rear sees a new lighting package – LED brake lights, LED taillights, LED reverse lights and integrated turning signals in the one-piece cluster.
Inside is less impressive, unfortunately. It has a few new features to boast such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus two USB ports up front. And then it still retains its long list of standard features such as a panoramic sunroof, a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry, heated front seats, and rear park distance control with a reverse-camera. These are all great features to have and some you might not find on the ASX’s rivals, but it still feels a bit outdated. The competitors have the edge on this for sure. So you would have to decide whether you want the features in an outdated cabin, or a new and modern cabin with fewer features. I know which I would choose. A positive, however, is the standard safety spec which includes seven airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, electronic stability control with traction control as well as hill-start assist.
Under the bonnet is the ASX’s 2.0 naturally aspirated engine which delivers 110 kW and 197 Nm. Despite the lack of turbo, there is enough punch in this engine. Be careful when you put your foot down on take-off, the car tends to jump forward rather eagerly. You can opt for either a five-speed manual or six-speed CVT.
The ASX comes standard with a 3 years/100 000km warranty and a 5-year / 90 000 km Service Plan as well as a 5-year / unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance.
PRICING OF THE MITSUBISHI ASX
ASX 5-spd M/T R379 995
ASX 6-speed A/T CVT R399 995