Mitsubishi offers only the 1.6-litre petrol model in entry-level 2 trim, but even this is quite well equipped for the price. You get necessities, such as air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and Bluetooth, as well as a few luxuries including 16in alloy wheels, privacy glass, four electrically operated windows and power-folding door mirrors. No DAB radio, though.
That’s why we reckon it’s worth extending your budget and going for the 3 trim, which gives the ASX the kind of kit that most buyers in this segment will expect. So you get a DAB radio and a six-speaker stereo operated through a 6.0in touchscreen, and includes a rear-view camera. Not only that, but you also get plusher interior trims along with cruise control, climate control, xenon headlights, heated front seats and automatic lights and wipers. It also opens up your engine options to include the 1.6-litre diesel as well as the petrol.
4 trim retains the 1.6-litre diesel but drops the petrol engine in favour of the larger 2.2-litre diesel with an automatic gearbox, while four-wheel drive is standard on both. Other upgrades include a panoramic glass roof, leather seats with powered adjustment on the driver’s side and sat-nav operated through a larger 7.0in touchscreen.
Finally, the range-topping 5 trim adds a Nappa leather interior and other cosmetic touches inside, as well as heated rear seats, twin rear USB charging ports, and LED interior ambient lighting.