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Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review

There has never been a better time for Mitsubishi Australia, the Japanese company has enjoyed a yearlong period of consistent growth and plans to continue its success with new models such as the sub-compact Mitsubishi ASX starting from $25,990.

The Mitsubishi ASX (Active Smart Crossover) is aimed at buyers looking for something between a Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback and an Outlander. The idea is simple, as well as attracting new buyers it will limit current Mitsubishi customers defecting to a Nissan Dualis, Hyundai ix35 or Volkswagen Tiguan.

Initially it’s rather hard to tell the ASX apart from an Outlander. In fact as the photo below shows they are nearly identical from the front, minus a few minor details. This is a good thing as the Outlander’s styling has been well received. From the rear the ASX looks like a raised Lancer Sportback but with more elegance in its lines.

Based on the same platform as the Lancer & Outlander, the ASX is essentially just a smaller Outlander. It uses the same brakes, similar suspension, same 4WD system and many other features of the Outlander. So the question that instantly comes to mind is, will anyone still buy an Outlander?

Unless you need seven-seats or that little bit more room, ASX is the ideal vehicle for anyone looking for a small compact SUV. It’s available with either a 1.8-litre turbo diesel engine which manages 110kW (@ 4000 rpm) 300Nm of torque (@ 2000rpm) or a 2.0-litre petrol engine (same as the one currently found in the Lancer) which generates 110 kW (@ 6000 rpm) and 197 Nm of torque (@ 4200 rpm).

Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review

The highlight of the package is by and large the 1.8-litre diesel, which is coincidentally the first ever diesel engine in an Australian delivered Mitsubishi passenger car. More on that later.

To celebrate the launch of the ASX, Mitsubishi invited a group of automotive journalists to the Sunshine Coast in QLD. The drive program involved a trip from Brisbane airport through town, on the highway and through a series of dirt roads before ending up at Quay West Resort in Noosa. Around town it’s rather hard to fault the ASX, it behaves just like a Lancer would, sits flat and corners accordingly. It’s an easy drive which ever way you look at it.

Around the twisty bends of Mount Mee the petrol 2WD variant struggles with torque-steer and a very flat feel to the steering, but it’s unlikely any real buyer will ever push hard enough to notice. Nonetheless, if you do want to have a bit more fun, get yourself behind an AWD diesel ASX mated to a six-speed manual transmission and it instantly becomes a completely different beast.

Despite being a smaller capacity diesel, it still has the same power (110 kW) as the petrol but delivers 103 more Nm of torque, which makes all the difference. More torque and better power delivery across the range easily assures the diesel engine’s victory over the petrol. Additionally if you’ve never driven a petrol CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) it may come as a bit of a shock. Instead of changing gears the traditional way it simply ‘continuously’ adjusts its gear ratios, this makes an immensely unsatisfying mechanical-torture sound as you flatten the accelerator. You get used to it, but it’ll take a while.

Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review

Unfortunately the 1.8-litre diesel is only available with a six-speed manual and won’t be coming out with an automatic transmission for another 18 months. Mitsubishi says the demand for manual diesels in Europe meant all resources were allocated to its creation first. Lack of automatic transmission will do doubt limit sales of ASX diesels with Mitsubishi predicting 90 percent of buyers will go for a petrol variant.

The company predicts 350 sales per month to start with, limited only by supply. ASX is expected to potentially cannibalize only a small percentage of Outlander sales but have a reasonable affect on Lancer Sportback. Nonetheless, sacrificing a few hundred Lancer Sportback or Outlander sales to maintain existing customers or attracting new ones is no real loss.

On dirt roads the 4WD variant (2WD not driven on dirt) behaves just like an Outlander would, except that it has better stopping power and feels more nimble. The six-speed manual is smooth to operate but has an unusually long throw between gears.

Fuel economy ranges from 7.7L/100km (combined city/highway cycle ADR 81/01) for the five-speed manual 2WD 2.0-litre petrol (7.9 for CVT) to 8.1L/100km for the 4WD CVT petrol and a remarkably good 5.8L/100km for the diesel 4WD six-speed manual. If you can drive a manual, ASX diesel makes perfect sense.

Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review

Moving inside, the interior is typical Mitsubishi at first glance. The same style centre console and airconditioning controls that we’ve seen in the Lancer for the last few years still make the cut. Thankfully, Mitsubishi has added soft touch plastics around the dashboard and doors which goes a long way to give ASX a more upmarket feel.

The base models (starting from $25,990 for the 2WD petrol 5-speed manual) get all the usual plus 16-inch alloys, climate control air conditioning with rear seat ducts, cruise control and a 4-speaker AM/FM radio/CD/MP3 audio system with both auxiliary and USB inputs.

For just $500 more you can add the convenience pack which comes with bluetooth connectivity, reverse sensors and chrome exhaust. This is standard if you opt for a 4WD variant (starting at $31,990 for both 1.8-litre turbodiesel manual or 2.0-litre petrol automatic).

Paying $5,000 more for an Aspire variant (starting at $36,990 for both 1.8-litre turbodiesel manual or 2.0-litre petrol automatic) gets you 17-inch alloys, privacy glass, smart keyless entry and start, chrome side window garnish, leather look door trim, automatic dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic windscreen wipers, heated seats, power driver seat and centre armrest with cupholders.

Of course a big chunk of that $5,000 goes into Mitsubishi’s Multi-Communication System (MMCS) that acts as an all-in-one system for audio, satellite navigation, bluetooth and more. It makes use of a 40GB hard disk drive (of which you can use 15GB to store music) and 7-inch LCD display. Although a great system overall, the use of buttons instead of knobs for volume and all other controls can become a tad tedious. The main benefit of this large high-quality display is its link with a rear view camera (a life-saving feature that should ideally be mandatory on all SUVs).

Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review
Mitsubishi ASX Review

Mitsubishi will also throw in a Rockford Fosgate audio system that packs a massive 710W power amplifier with a 25cm subwoofer and eight speakers. It’s good, but not brilliant. The only option on Aspire variants is a panoramic roof for $800.

Safety is paramount as expected from Mitsubishi. Apart from all the safety designed into the car’s DNA, such as a pedestrian friendly bonnet design and energy absorbing front bumpers, ASX comes with everything else you can think of. How does Active Stability Control, Active Traction Control, Hill Start Assist system, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, Emergency Stop signal System, and seven airbags (dual front, front side, side curtain and driver kneebag) sound? It still hasn’t undergone ANCAP testing but all preliminary accounts suggest it will gain a five-star safety rating without any trouble.

Overall the Mitsubishi ASX is a surprisingly good package. The Japanese giant has taken the best bits of the Outlander and Lancer to form a neat and sharply priced package. It proves that sometimes less is better.

  • ASX 2WD 2.0-litre petrol 5-speed manual: $25,990
  • ASX 2WD 2.0-litre petrol CVT automatic: $28,490
  • ASX4WD 1.8-litre turbodiesel 6-speed manual: $31,990
  • ASX 4WD 2.0-litre petrol CVT automatic: $31,990
  • ASX Aspire 1.8-litre turbodiesel 6-speed manual: $36,990
  • ASX Aspire 2.0-litre petrol CVT automatic: $36,990

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  • Chris

    It’s not the best looking vechicle by Mitsubishi but the price tag isn’t so bad. I don’t like the looks; I would pefer the Outlander. It looks like a dodgy Outlander.

  • Shak

    Just a small correction. you keep referring to a lancer Sportwagon which is incorrect. It is actually called the Lancer Sportback in Mitsubishi’s own words.

    • Aby Nrt


  • m2m

    I like it! It’l probably sell much better than the Dualis because of the wider range of engines on offer. It looks better than the bum-dragging Sportback and i really like the interior, especially on the Aspire.

  • Jumbo

    you say it is the first mitsubishi passenger car with a diesel engine? I think the Pajero and Challenger are counted as passenger cars

  • o

    i really like it though is this ix35/crv sized or the size below?

    • Joel

      below, outlander is more ix35 crv size this is like dualis and bmw x1

      • rascal

        looked at one today and took it for a test drive along with a outlander and also the IX35 they have much more room then you think and heaps more then a dualis

        • Just Looking

          Hi rascal!
          Do you think 3 car seats would fit in back??
          Have been looking at the Holden Captiva even though I didn’t love it’s look.. but now I’ve got my heart set on the ASX!.. Will test drive soon.. just thought I’d ask!!

          • Kat

            I’d like to know if 3 car seats would fit across the back as well. I like!

  • Peter M

    “Lack of automatic transmission will do doubt limit sales of ASX diesels with Mitsubishi predicting 90 percent of buyers will go for a petrol variant.”

    You said it! Who buys manual diesels in Australia? After all, this is not a sports car nor a bush-basher, it’s a city and lifestyle car. Those who would buy it want auto, Mitsu. Here’s Mitsubishi shooting itself in the foot again. Remember when they introduced the Colt and took the awful Japanese interior rather than the delightful European? This time they are using the European market as their excuse for laziness. When Korean companies are whipping out new models in record time, Mitsubishi takes more than two years to get an auto for its new 1.8 diesel! Does this company really deserve to survive when they treat potential customers with such contempt?? Dear oh dear!

    • Jon J

      Learn to drive. A manual.

      • http://non JulieMango

        i love your comment… and i agreee…. i would really like to know how does a guy feel knowing that he can’t drive manual… lol.. i think it’s embarrassing….

    • ST

      Umm, the truth is Europeans sell more M/T than A/T so no, they aren’t using this as an excuse for not offering A/T. Do you think Mitsubishi are that dumb not to offer it if it was available? There’s only so much engineering time available and Australia is a drop in the bath tub in the European market. Why waste the resources on a fraction of your sales? Just be thankful you even have a diesel option for those that prefer diesel over petrol.

      • Peter Ms

        Silly comments about learning to drive manual cars aside, this is a real problem for Mitsubishi. They really want this to be the right car in the right place at the right time. Now here’s what the market increasingly wants:

        * Compact SUV styling
        * 2WD preferable
        * Diesel
        * Automatic

        The ASX ticks three of those boxes. Nissan’s Dualis likewise, although a diesel is “coming”[diesel auto is avail in UK Qashqai]. Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage tick all four boxes. VW Tiguan ticks all four. Peugeot 3008 ticks all four. Skoda Yeti will tick all four. BMW X1 ticks all four. You see the problem for Mitsubishi? If it wants the ASX to be its much-needed “hero” car, it will need to hurry up and tick that other box.

        • karen

          Just to add to the comments about lack of auto transmission on compact suv cars available in aust. Subaru Forestor diesel also only comes in a manual transmission.

          • Wan

            Well actually, you will be suprised that this car sold with 2.0 petrol with auto transmission. which is pretty good for us. The only thing that dissapoint me alot that no panoramic roof included within that car.

    • Alyssa K

      It is hard to find a suv sized manual, 4wd and diesel all in the one car! I go off road, tow a boat and live in a city and it is hard to find a car that fits all those needs. I have been looking for a new car for the last six months, and this is the closest I have come to find a car that isn’t a massive 4wd like the Nissan patrol, or ugly like the Nissan pathfinder. I was interested in the Mazda cx 5/7/9 but once again it is an automatic diesel AWD.
      Not to mention, as a girl who wants a car with all these features, it would be nice to have a car that looks great to…

  • Able

    I really like this car, especially as an Aspire DI-D. Looks alright, it’s very well equipped, drives well (drove it at the dealer last week, it’s as CA says, a Lancer a bit higher up which is good for that class) and it’s sure to be reliable. Good effort Mitsubishi!

    CA, is a power tailgate really standard equipment for all models (like other media outlets have reported)?

    Hey Peter M, did you think that maybe SOME people want a manual diesel!? If you want an auto, buy the petrol – it’l have the same boring responses as the auto diesel). I hope the auto never comes, once it arrives no doubt it’ll replace the manual, especially as an Aspire. What a shame that is. Dear oh dear indeed!

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      Yes, an electric tailgate opener is standard across the range.

      • David

        Ummm saw it today and it was not elec…and it was the Aspire…much better inperson..

      • Arashraahbar

         Hi Mr fallah. This is Arash from Iran. we must pay 70 million tooman for mitsubishi ASX  in iran. whats your verdict for this car?

  • Gary

    Far better looking than dualis

    • mmmmmm

      hopefully better made too. some of the demo dualis I tried where appalling quality. One had a glovebox full of bits of interior trim that had fallen off

  • AndrewM

    I would get one tomorrow if the Diesel came in an Auto.. What a shame.. This car would be perfect for me and my wife to drive around town.. My wife cannot drive a manual, and the petrol engine would be too underpowered.. shame!

    Really like the look if this car.

    • Mr Pee Pee

      Maybe she could take lessons in how to drive a manual? Handy skill to have.

      • ST

        Agree. Like it or not, it’s one of those life skills everyone should learn (I won’t say master) so that at least anyone is able to drive to someone in an emergency.

      • Peter Ms

        This sort of comment is arrogant and unhelpful. large numbers of people learn to drive manual cars but still buy auto. There are lots of reasons why people want automatic cars. For instance, they may need to drive an auto because of disability or injury, or they may just prefer the comfort and relative smoothness of an auto drive.

        To say that the solution to Mitsu’s problem is to force people to drive manuals simply helps sell ix35s, Sportages, Peugeot 3008s, Yeti’s BMW x1s, Tiguans and every other car which has an auto diesel on the market.

        • junsoyar

          Yeah I agree with you brother.

    • David

      Test drive the auto pertol before dismissing it i say

  • nickdl

    Fantastic value on all variants. Not sure about the looks but they’ll grow on me and I’m sure it looks better in a nicer colour than light blue.

    Mitsubishi deserve to do well with this it’s a great offering. I don’t think most manufacturers care about developing an auto diesel just for the tiny Australian market – Americans only want petrol and Europeans buy manuals. Ultimately the costs would outweigh the sales benefits, just something we have to live with here.

    • Reckless1

      Load of crap.

      VW/AUDI has auto on virtually all its diesels, BMW and Mercedes likewise. Applies for east-west and longitudinal engine layouts.

      It’s only the Japanese that can’t make an auto for a hi-torque diesel. Weve seen the problem in all Japanese cars. Oh – and Ford have problems with it too, initially selling things like Mondeo diesels manual only.

      • nickdl

        VW has DSG, not auto. As for Audi, Mercedes and BMW, they all sell larger, more premium cars in which most buyers want an auto.

        Mitsubishi and Mercedes are two completely different manufacturers. Mitsubishi appeals to the bottom end of the market, which in Europe generally drives manuals. Mercedes to the top end of the market, who generally prefer an auto in their car unless it’s a sports car (in which case it’s not diesel).

  • Jabba the Hut

    That front end styling works better here than on the outlander. I wonder why so many makers are offering diesels without autos? The low end grunt of diesels makes them perfect for use with an auto. My highlander is effortless.

    This car would sell in much better numbers with an auto for sure.

  • rlawlals

    hm… i think the hyundai ix35 and the new Kia SportageR has much more of a unique styling. espeacially the interior. after seeing the two cars i just mentioned, this car seems sorta bland. just my opinion. but hopefully, i can get to see this car with my eyes soon. i still want that GDI engine hyundai and kia is offering.

    • Jabba the Hut

      …and so you should. I can tell you as an owner the engine is a cracker.

  • Baddass

    I’m still not sold on the name. The US has the right idea, where this is called the Outlander Sport.

  • Kris

    I reckon it’s a great pensioner mobile; now that Mercedes have stopped importing the A-class. It looks easy to get in and out, decent visibility, good pricing and enough interior space. (coming soon to your local RSL or Bowlo!)

    • Jabba the Hut

      ..but not without an auto. Retirees don’t like manuals.

      • Dlr1

        And chances are they will buy the auto petrol, many retirees still think diesels are noisy and smelly.

      • JooberGTi

        Umm not too sure on the new ground potential of this vehicle…

        The fact it shares the same platform and looks marginally different than the outlander makes me think this would not attract a growth in market share. Sales for this vehicle would probably be a cannabalisation of the outlander sales.

  • coconut killer

    what about the road noise which is a major issue with lancers. any info on that Alborz?

  • davie

    Great compeditor for the Dualis and SX4. The diesel is a smart inclusion. I bet I see lots of these at the snow this year.

    Makes the Impreza XV look very silly in comparison.

    Off topic question, have Subaru sold a single Impreza XV?

    • matt

      lol what is an impreza XV? answer your question

  • Darcy Dunbar

    Dare I say it but the styling is copying the Koreans, apart from that awful Audi A4-like grille!

  • Mike

    Only disappointment for me is that we don’t get the HIDs the Japanese RVR has. Street lighting is pretty average as soon as you get off a main road even a few km out of Melbourne, and my old lancer falls well short.
    I don’t see lighting mentioned often if ever in reviews (no doubt due to launches happening over a few daylight hours), but our car does just as many km after dark as it does during the day.

    • RVR oops ASX owner

      HID’s are easily obtained…as well as a 18 page cataolgue of accessories unlike the 6 pages that Mitsubishi here have on offer…sigh

  • Dave

    Ithought that when Misubishi closed the 380 plant in Australia, they said they would try to bring a large car replacement for the 380.

    All we seem to get is more SUV’s

    • JooberGTi

      Yeah, for Mitsubishi we’ve got the Pajero, Outlander and Challenger in the SUV area already.

  • Andrew

    This car really does tick all the boxes when it comes to standard features.. I haven\’t found an SUV to date for under 40k that has reverse camera, integrated Sat nav, decent audio, bluetooth.

    The only option appears to be the sunroof at a respectable 800 bucks.

    The Dualis has no sat nav, either does the ix35. The Tiguan will cost you an arm and a leg to option it up to the same standard.

    I suppose I am just praying the 110kw petrol engine with 197nm of torque is going to be enough… I am not a fan of flooring a car to make it up hill.. And obviously the diesel is a deal breaker as it has no auto.

    Ahh the struggles of finding a decent suv with all the boxes crossed continues.

    • Mike

      I wonder if the upcoming Kia Sportage with an aftermarket integrated sat nav might just tick all your boxes? At least with an aftermarket system you’re likely to spend far less on map updates.

      • Andrew

        Hopee so the sportage is on the list of cars to look at. At least this has a good engine and transmision choice. Time will tell though if the handling and suspension are an improvement over the ix35.

  • Bob


  • rascal

    Well done Mitsubishi
    Nice drive and looks I was very pleased with the test drive which is more then what I could say about a couple of other brands I also had taken for a test drive.
    The ix35 … still cant get past the busy looks and the drive was nosy and nasty and the inside materials and switchers were cheap unlike the price tag for a Korean cars now.

  • sam

    i drove one of these over the weekend, and was really impressed.
    that diesel engine FLYS, and is feels different from any other diesel ive driven. it revved better, and felt lighter and more responsive than others. i also drove the IX35, and despite the difference in output, the ASX felt quicker.
    the only gripe i have is ground clearance……
    on the diesel it seems to drop to 170mm (from 195mm).
    if i buy this car, i want to be able to go off road.
    given that the xtrail/forester/outlander are all over 200mm, i find that fairly dissapointing.
    is this thing even able to go off road??? i wouldnt look at the petrol, as the diesel is sooo much better.

  • Faustus

    Availability of parts and overall reliability should be a number one priority, not Bluetooth connectivity and USB ports – steer away from being sucked into too many bells and whistles. Good to see a diesel in this class of vehicle though – competition should see something here.

  • John

    Diesel is clearly the way to go and I share with Sam his disappointment with the miserable 170 mm ground clearance associated with the diesel. On soft sand with a vehicle of this class and the low tyre pressure necessary, a nomimal 200 mm of clearance is the minimum make-do.

    Another question for Mitsubisahi is why the same braked-trailer tow rating for the petrol & diesel in Oz? When the same diesel in the UK carries a 1,400 kg rating?

  • matt

    ASX – VRX… any chance of that happening? 2.4 litre manual thanks 😛

  • pwadds

    I have checked with a couple of Mitsubishi dealers and they assure me there is NO hard disk with the MMCS on the ASX. Can anybody confirm that there is or isn’t a hard drive? If there is a HD there is nothing in the owner’s manual about it.

  • Rusty

    The door trim juts out down low to accomodate a water bottle. It also digs into the outside of my calf when cornering. Whats wrong with water bottle holders in the centre console??

  • madeholly1

    Driven dualis, mit asx and ix35 and the dualis ride is the best out of this bunch, just a shame it doesnt have the same engine variants as the other two. The asx features though are very impressive in the aspire with the touchscreen comm unit which is a lot beeter than both competitors. Hyundai certainly have come a long way but still looking a little cheap in some areas although their diesel engine in the ix35 was pretty gd. I would buy the dualis+2 if it came out in an auto diesel like the ix35 if only nissan would listen to the countless forum ppl and bring it out here. the asx though is a gd vehicle with great features that might tip the scales its way and like nissan need to bring an auto diesel out asap

  • http://google Jayasankar

    I personally prefer manual for long drives. Can do in city as well with manual.

    The key attraction in ASX is 7 air bags… it seems to have more safety compared to all rivals.

    Please comment more on safety.

  • dan

    …in terms of looks, the ix35 looks MUCH better than this. This is just ugly.

    • terrak

      I hate the look of the ix35. THe ASX looks much better then the ix35

  • Peter

    Have had the new ASX for 14 days drive it in all weather eg; rain,gale wind,wet road so far i am unable to fault the vechile handles well very happy i had a 2008 lancer before this new ASX much better

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/75426/mitsubishi-asx-review/ Leslie

    The Mitsubishi RVR/ASX on the Batfa website is a more realistically priced when compared to the Dualis, XTrail, Forester and CRV. Mitsubishi seem to be having a lend of us Oozes and I certainly have only seen very, very few ASX’s in Brisbane and I would not be surprised to see a large price drop before Christmas to move their 2010 stock. A poor ground clearance will not help sell these cars to their target buyers. For me the Subaru Forester ticks all the right boxes, pity there is no auto option in the diesel version. The Nissan Dualis is also a fairly sensible honest vehicle I would consider. The Kia Sportage has gone backwards in terms of ground clearance.

    • Terrak

      Of course it would be hard to find an ASX on the road. They have only been out since August and there would be less then 1000 ASXs in the whole of AUstralia. You are mistaken Leslie, They are not having problem moving ASXs, I know because i have purchased one and have to wait till Dec 2010 for my Petrol CVT Aspire and i placed and order in October. Ground Clearance an issue? For some but i dont believe its a major factor at all. Its not meant to be a Full SUV but an inbetweener SUV. If you realised that then its ground clearance and size makes sense. Suburu Forester is a good car but price/feature wise its not in the same price bracket, sure it ticks all the boxes but its many thousands more then the ASX. You dont get what the ASX is obviously, and In my opinion it does exactly what it sets out to do with flying colours

  • http://www.arabamodel.com arabam

    wery good cars thank you

  • Rascal

    Have had my ASX Aspire D for nearly 2 months now and pardon the punt … LOVE THAT CAR …. its great!!!

  • Terrak

    To everyone complaining about no Auto Diesel, and that Mitsubishi has no excuse, well i ordered my Petrol CVT ASX Aspire in Early October and was told that I wont get it till Jan or even Feb 2011. The demand for the car is huge, and i have no doubt the Diesel Manual ASX is selling huge in Europe where manuals are preferred over Auto. So i do believe them when they say they are trying to keep up with the demand from Europe.

    There is still the Petrol Auto, its not like there is no Auto Option for the ASX, sure its not as good as the diesel but its good enough and has reasonable fuel economy. Those that say the Korean Diesel Auto SUVs like Sportage and ix35 are a better option, well fuel economy wise the ASX CVT petrol comes pretty colose to the Diesel Auto economy (ASX CVT AWD: 8.1 Sportage/ix35 Diesel: 7.5) and price wise the Diesel Auto in the Korean SUVs are considerably more then the ASX equivalent (ASX AWD Petrol CVT: $31,990 or $36,990 for Aspire compared to SPortage/ix35: $34.990 or $38,990 for top spec). Sure the performance isnt the same but neither is the price.

    As you can see most of the complaints here are unfounded. I think a look at the facts the ASX is still a great package and will only get better when the Diesel Auto hits in the next 18 or so months.

  • Nick


  • Jackie

    Ive owned quiet a few Mitsubishis over the years and was very impressed with everything on the ASX. i love the height as its similar to the Outlander and the smaller size exterior as similar to the lancer, but nothing can compare to the power of my FTO. I cant wait to get mine! I ordered the Petrol CVT Aspire with the optional glass roof the 2nd week of August 2010 and they told me i would be looking at a 12 week wait..well now it seems a total of 16 weeks as I just received a call advising my my car will be delivered on the 2nd Dec 2010.

    • Terrak

      They told me i would get my CVT ASX Aspire by Jan 2011 (i ordered it early October), fortunately ive been told that my Aspire would be ready by Dec 9 2010 (at the earliest). Thought about getting the glass roof but thought the towbar package would be more practical.

      I choose this car because i always wanted an SUV but didnt like the fuel economy or large size. This car is an SUV with class leading Fuel Economy compact size and great features, its was exactly the car i was waiting for.

  • carl

    This car is a bit overpriced and almost costs the same as its bigger brother outlander. I have sit in it, the plastic is a bit flimsy and looks similar to Lancer. When comparing with Nissan Dualis, it’s not quite up to par but the back view is wider than the Dualis.

  • Mandy

    Yeay I’m getting my ASX diesel Aspire on Monday!! I ordered mine august the 5th.

  • mel

    I have recently traded my 2005 380 VRX on an ASX 2WD petrol CVT. It was a big decision as I loved the sturdy handling and all the extras of the 380 VRX but always found it a rather cumbersome and heavy car to park. My partner has a 2009 Triton 4WD diesel, and I really liked the high driving position of a 4WD, and getting into my 380 afterwards was like sitting on the ground. I decided that I would update to an ASX 2WD, as I only do about 8,000 ks per year of city driving, so did not need 4WD. I am so far very pleased with the ASX, it has a great ride, lovely driving position and is a dream to park in a busy tight carspace and is noticeably more economical than my 380. My partner and I are suprised with how gutsy this car is in the lower gears, we think it is more gutsy off the mark than the Triton. I do miss the lovely interior of the 380 VRX, but I do not regret my purchase thus far.

  • Vera Mills

    I am totally stumped as well. Where is the Hard Drive on the MMCS ?????? I FINALLY got my Aspire yesterday and have studied the books from cover to cover and tried everything on the screen too. Any help is appreciated.

    • Wan

      Vera, does the car included with Panoramic roof…?as in Malaysia, i found it quite dissapointing as my car arrive last month. No panoramic roof, the Ipod cable is an optional, GPS and blutooth device are optional…but the handling and fuel eco are pretty awesome actually..
      The car come with 2.0 petrol (A).

    • Terrak

      No HDD in the MMCS, We Aussies get screwed all the time (joking). Anyway the best option is get an ipod classic to use as the Music Player. Works great plus you can just take it out of the car and add the music you want easily.

      No the car does not come with the panoramic roof as standard. Its an $800 option. Im not sure what models are available in Malaysia only the top of the range Aspire includes the GPS and ipod connectivity. Bluetooth is standard across all the models.

      • Skibum

        How come all the reviews in oz and redbook say it has a hard drive! Ripped off!!

    • ASM

      I own a ASPIRE 4WD, dont find a hard drive to store music and also its does not come with a USB connection as stated in the manual

  • chris

    does anyone knows if you dont buy the asx with the mmcs installed if you can get it later?at what price?and if you can order it online?

    • Terrak

      Yes you can get it installed after you buy the car, But be aware that the Rockford Fosgate Sound System and Reversing camera have to be bought seperately. If you really want just the MMCS it was under $1000. But without the reversing camera and Audio system All it is is Sat nav and DVD player.

      I think the Aspire gives the best option as it is all included and the 5 Year Warranty Applies to the Whole unit as opposed to the after purchase warranty of 3 years.

  • corey

    from the specs it says the ASX has an electric tailgate opener? can anyone confirm this?

    • Skibum

      Nope its just the latch that’s electric, so instead of pulling a handle you just touch it and the door is clicked open. You still have to lift the boot up. I think it’s a bit deceiving really!!! It should be called a electric handle on the tailgate or something.

  • empangup

    it’s a bit of a waste making a car 4WD if it’s never going to go off-road.hahaha

    • Skibum

      you can drive it to the snow and not need chains :-)

  • Skibum

    Hi everyone,

    I have read in reviews that it comes with a 15gig built in hard drive. The dealer doesnt seem to know anything about it! Can anyone confirm that you do get this feature?


  • ASM

    I brought the ASX aspire in June, its fantastic SUV, havent tried in 4WD mode yet, waiting for Christmas for that to happen

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  • Jorologo

    Today I test drove the Mitsu’ ASX 2WD Automatic and gotta say it was Guttless. Very lacking in Torque, very slow to get off the mark and very noisy in the cabin. I’ll be hanging onto my 11yo Ford Falcon for a bit longer.

  • Simsh47

    mmmmm Mitsubishi and PSA (Peugeot Citroen) have shared the Outlander body.  Am I imagining things, or is there a remarkable similarity in the side/rear profiles of the ASX and the new Citroen C4?

  • simadar

    Hi……just purchased ASX-GSL (2WD) 2012 A/T last March 6, 2012…..and as far as looks is concerned, I am quite satisfied…..as for the its performance, I’d say that its good except for the torque, very slow….but I am satisfied with the speed, it can have 190km as its top speed. My only complain is that it doesn’t have a back-up camera and a retractable sidemirrors. I have to separately install the camera….as for the sidemirrors, it’s quite expensive…maybe later.

Mitsubishi Asx Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$11,110 - $12,630
Dealer Retail
$12,770 - $15,180
Dealer Trade
$9,000 - $10,100
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
197Nm @  4200rpm
Max. Power
110kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1050  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
215/65 R16
Rear Tyres
215/65 R16
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
16 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Hill Holder, Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Control
Cruise Control, Power Steering
Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Power Mirrors
Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Convenience Pack
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
60 months /  130,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Eng Scuttle
Country of Origin