It’s safe to say that the Australian compact SUV/cross-over market is now overflowing with choice. There are the high-end brands like BMW and Mercedes offering X1s and GLAs, and more basic entries from other makers like Holden’s Trax and Nissan’s Juke with every segment and niche in between taken care of. But when it comes down to value for money, few can compete with the seemingly ageless Mitsubishi ASX.
For a car halfway through its model cycle, it’s still more striking, packed full of features and impressive on the road than most of its rivals, and now there’s even more to celebrate about Japan’s punchiest on and off road rover thanks to its 2015 updates.
Starting with aesthetics, the latest updates mean all new ASX Mitsubishi’s will feature new 19 inch alloy wheels, black wheel arch extensions and chrome tailgate extenders on all models. Because we West Australians love our compact 4x4s for their versatility, this added polish in finishes will help you to feel stylish driving home from the office whilst still allowing you to conquer all of the pot holes on the school run. It’s Japanese quality with what seems like a little bit of European luxury.
Moving inside of the cabin, the updates continue with specs within the cockpit keeping up appearances with even the latest models from more expensive brands. There’s a sporty steering wheel courtesy of the recently updated Mitsubishi Outlander, which has piano black highlights and a better feel and thumb grips for improved comfort. The ASX is renowned for its nimble agility and responsive steering, so the steering wheel upgrade makes sense.
In the middle of the console sits the update’s highlight – a new audio system with digital audio broadcast (DAB) radio. This brings thousands of options of digital radio programming alongside traditional AM and FM bands into the heart of the ASX passenger experience. You can listen to all of your favourite local shows, catch up on podcasts or tap into international feeds with the latest in global news and music.
Additionally, owners still get the car’s standard features, which include 7 airbags, touch screen audio system, reversing camera, reverse parking sensors, climate control air conditioning and voice-activated Bluetooth technology. Of course, if this isn’t enough to wow you, you can always take a look through the options list for items like panoramic glass roof and leather upholstery.
This all sits atop either an LS or XLS base, with both lines available in 2WD or 4WD. Only the 2WD LS model is available in Manual, whilst the 2WD XLS is exclusively available in CVT automatic.
For information about pricing and diesel models, come into John Hughes Mitsubishi and talk to one of our ASX experts.