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Mitsubishi ASX review

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Of all the categories of car out there, for a brand to be able to call itself an SUV specialist in this day and age is rather fortunate. Take a look at the Mitsubishi ASX and its stablemates, and it’s hard to disagree with the Japanese company, especially given that it built its first four-wheel drive car way back in 1937.

Although the ASX isn’t quite that old, it was originally launched in 2010 before being facelifted in 2015 and once again in 2019. But don’t think amounted to just a new grille and some funky lights. All of the bodywork forward of the windscreen was replaced, there’s full LED front and rear lights, a new rear bumper, fresh 18in wheels, a larger 8.0in infotainment system with smartphone integration and of course, a couple of new colours.

Of all the categories of car out there, for a brand to be able to call itself an SUV specialist in this day and age is rather fortunate. Take a look at the Mitsubishi ASX and its stablemates, and it’s hard to disagree with the Japanese company, especially given that it built its first four-wheel drive car way back in 1937.

Although the ASX isn’t quite that old, it was originally launched in 2010 before being facelifted in 2015 and once again in 2019. But don’t think amounted to just a new grille and some funky lights. All of the bodywork forward of the windscreen was replaced, there’s full LED front and rear lights, a new rear bumper, fresh 18in wheels, a larger 8.0in infotainment system with smartphone integration and of course, a couple of new colours.

However, the big news is under the surface. Out goes the old 1.6-litre petrol engine, having been replaced by the larger 2.0-litre lump that’s also found in the bigger Mitsubishi Outlander. This can be paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive or a CVT automatic and four-wheel drive.

To make life nice and simple, there are just two trim levels to go with the two engine options. Entry-level Design models are front-wheel drive manual only, while top-spec Dynamic variants get the option of the automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Apart from colours and a few dealer-fit accessories, there’s no option list for you to fret over, making for a simpler buying experience and shorter waiting times for your shiny new SUV – at least according to Mitsubishi.

Of course, a lot of new metal has been launched not just since the ASX was introduced but since it was last facelifted in 2015. Indeed, the family SUV class has all but exploded with the likes of the Skoda Karoq, Seat Ateca and refreshed Nissan Qashqai all vying for mainstream glory.

To find out if the ASX is still worthy of your consideration, keep reading for our detail review and don’t forget, we also sell new cars at What Car?, too. Once you’ve read this, have a look at our New Car Buying service for a great price on your next motor without any tiresome haggling.

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