2016 Mitsubishi ASX LS road test and review.
Styling is defiantly part of the appeal of the 2016 Mitsubishi ASX LS 2WD, the 18” alloys give it a real lift and I liked the improvement to the new front bumper with its LED daytime running lights.
I really loved the roomy feel in the cabin and for a base model I think had a lot of features including reverse sensors, reverse-view camera, seven air-bags (dual front, front-side, full-length curtain and a driver’s knee air-bag), five-star ANCAP crash rating, touch screen audio system and voice activated Bluetooth.
It should be noted everything was just really easy to use, the fabric and trim was great quality and the leather wrapped steering wheel was a nice touch.
The entry-level Mitsubishi ASX, the LS, that I test drove was fitted with a five-speed manual transmission, though there is an optional CVT automatic for an additional $2,000.
The manual uses a reported 7.6 litres of unleaded per 100 kilometres, while the CVT has a claimed usage of 7.4L/100km. Over the week in the manual model I saw an indicated 8.9L/100km across a mix of highway and city driving, I didn’t think that was too bad as it was 70% city driving.
I am giving storage its own paragraph for the ASX as this is where it stood out as a mum (or anyone with a need for space). The 60:40 rear seat folded down for an opening which means loading large/awkward items was super easy.
I was able to fit two small bikes in the Mitsubishi ASX plus a few extra items and it was a good companion for the weekly grocery shopping.
The glove box is reasonably well-sized and you will find yourself utilizing the centre cup (coffee cup) holders for things like your mobile phone.
In the back seat area there are no door stowage slots or air-vents, but there is a single flip-down central armrest with cup holders which suited me as I had two car seats in the back.
I thought the ASX delivered impressive legroom and the seats were firm, but comfortable.
Now to the drive, well I heard a lot about the Mitsubishi ASX feeling vague and rolly… It may be on unsealed surfaces, but around town I thought it was pretty good. I only had it on major roads and suburban steets, no off-roading for me.
But it was pleasant overall and the steering was light enough too, while I did love the higher driving position that you would get in a similarly-priced sedan/hatch (I am a lover of most SUVs for this reason).
The petrol engine and manual transmission works well enough together, the engine at times though felt like it could have some more power as down-changes were required whenever just about any kind of incline was experienced.
Overall though I reckon this grade of Mitsubishi ASX can’t be beaten for value for money, cabin space and style.
With serious competition in this segment of the market, including the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan QASHQAI, Kia Sportage, Skoda Yeti, Honda’s HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Subaru XV etc. I suggest you check out the pricing of the ASX because that is where this comes into its own.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Mitsubishi ASX LS
Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 110kW and 197Nm
Transmission: Six-speed CVT auto or five-speed manual
Warranty: 5 year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $24,990