2017 Mitsubishi ASX Road Test and Review…
The Mitsubishi ASX remains one of Australia’s best-selling SUVs and that’s despite the current model getting towards the end of its life-cycle.
The continuing popularity also comes despite some red hot competition in the small SUV market.
The reason? Well, primarily because its just a good vehicle.
Easy to drive and live with, the 2017 Mitsubishi ASX is a ‘no frills’ offering that get’s Australian car buyers into a small SUV for as little as just $25,000 (manual).
This time around I had the automatic version of the base-model, LS, an offering priced from $27,000.
I’ve been reviewing the ASX each year for about six years and it really never changes a great deal.
Some of good things include the cabin space, comfort levels and the visibility from the driver’s seat.
The Mitsubishi ASX also has a better than reasonable boot and with a handy list of standard features, including digital radio, it’s hard to give you a definitive reason not to buy it.
Perhaps the weak-point of the Mitsubishi ASX though is the powertrain.
Starting to feel dated in regards to refinement, the LS’s 2.0 litre petrol engine, front-wheel drive and CVT auto combo are anything but ‘cutting-edge’.
The refinement I refer to is the vibration through the steering wheel and accelerator at certain rev points.
While the CVT can be a bit indecisive and doesn’t always feel like its assisting the engine to its maximum potential.
But, in saying all that, for most buyers none of this will be an issue.
It would also be nice to have rear air-conditioning vents in a family car like this, and being a base-model you will have to do without auto headlights and wipers.
It rides well though, is adequate on the highway, has a good turning circle, is easy to park and offers a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; once again I come away from the Mitsubishi ASX not at all surprised that Australian buyers remain enthusiastic about the offering.
Not as modern, not quite as refined and certainly not as interesting as some of the competing small SUVs, the ASX remains a good, safe and reliable choice with a better than average list of standard features.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Mitsubishi ASX LS
Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 110kW and 197Nm
Transmission: CVT auto or five-speed manual
Warranty: 5 year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: from $25,000