2019 Mitsubishi ASX LS Review  | carsales

2019 Mitsubishi ASX LS Review | carsales


This is the Mitsubishi ASX and for some time
it’s been the top-selling small SUV down under. So, let’s take a closer look. The petrol-only two-wheel drive ASX comes
in multiple trim models and, depending which one you choose, is paired to a continuously
variable transmission or a five-speed manual. The five-seater SUV leads sales in a pack
which includes heavy hitters such as the Mazda CX3, Honda HRV and Hyundai Kona. The ASX definitely has affordability on its
side but it’s not only suited to the budget-conscious buyer. For starters, the must be connected buyer
will really appreciate Apple CarPlay Android auto connectivity. It almost makes up for the lack of satnav
in the ASX. The seven-inch screen is nice and easy to
navigate and dials feel nice in hand. You’ll also find small but practical storage,
two USB points and a 12-vault outlet. Safety and drive assister tech is okay too,
with rear parking sensors and a rear view camera, forward collision warning, lane departure
warning and emergency brake assist but no AEB here. Cruise control, keyless entry and a push start
button are nice inclusions. Our test vehicle is the ASX LS. It’s paired to a CVT which, quite frankly,
bores enthusiasts but they’re unlikely to be choosing the ASX as their daily drive. The transmission delivers a brisk getaway
at the lights and suffers only minimal whining in its power delivery. Road-holding and braking are good, making
the ASX well fit for its suburban life. Second row accommodation has its highs and
lows. The space is comfort is commendable, given
this car’s proportions. You’ve got an armrest, two cup holders and
the raised seating position here is going to be really good for visibility for children. The lack of air vents, however, is not. The boot offers respectable space and the
split fold seats add flexibility to the mix. The ASX LS rides on 18-inch alloys and comes
with a temporary spare. You’ll find an underlying solidity to the
ASX and I’m quite a fan of how this interior hangs together. The ASX feels like an honest soldier, delivering
exactly what it promises – practical and affordable motoring. And it’s year-on-year sales figures are
a testament to that. We’re looking forward to seeing the 2020
ASX in Australia later this year.