On Australian roads since 2010, the Mitsubishi ASX is one of the most popular small SUVs on the new car market. Offering buyers space, style and flexibility, the model has been freshly updated for 2015.
And with a range starting at $24,990, and this top-spec XLS version now more affordable than before, what better time to have a closer look at this Japanese Sports Crossover.
Sporting new black wheel arch surrounds and bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, the flagship Mitsubishi ASX may not quite have the same flair as the Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur but it can still stick out from the crowd.
Helping with this too are automatic dusk-sensing halogen headlights, fog lights and LED daytime running lights, this huge panoramic glass roof, and rear privacy glass.
Sitting between the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Lancer, and actually based on the same ‘GS’ platform as both, the Mitsubishi ASX offers reasonable levels of legroom and head room.
Rear passengers also get to enjoy this fold-down centre armrest with twin cup holders. Sadly though, rear storage back here is sorely lacking with no door pockets of any kind and only a single map pocket. There’s also no rear air vents.
On the plus side, there are three top-tether points and two ISOFIX points.
Also, by simply dropping these 60:40 split-fold rear seats you can expand boot capacity from 393 litres to 1143 litres.
Despite a new leather steering wheel – which is both reach and rake adjustable – and these heated leather seats, the ASX cabin is starting to feel its age.
There’s plenty of hard, scratchy plastics around and some pretty basic switchgear.
Mitsubishi has updated its seven-inch infotainment touchscreen though, which now includes DAB digital radio as well as satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.
Comfort up front is pretty good and storage is addressed with cup holders, door pockets, a decent glove box and this twin-chamber centre console.
You also get rain-sensing wipers, a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors, a proximity-sensing smart key and a push-button start.
Small enough for the city but capable enough to leave it, the Mitsubishi ASX is also flexible enough to fit almost any lifestyle. And it’s big enough for even the family dog…