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Priced from $24,990, with front-wheel drive, a 2.0-litre en­gine and five-speed man­ual. Has sin­gle-zone cli­mate con­trol air­con, cruise con­trol, and 18-inch al­loys. War­ranty also bet­ter than Juke with 5 years/100,000km. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 12 months/15,000km. Capped price ser­vic­ing is $810 over three years.


Has been around since 2010 but still looks fresh out­side, if a bit dated in­side. Plain and sparse in­te­rior char­ac­terised by plenty of cheap plas­tic. Feels like a car built to a price. Seats five, with a 60:40 split rear seat and a slightly larger 393L boot that hides a space­saver spare. Has day­time LEDs while Blue­tooth has au­dio stream­ing and voice con­trol. Has 6.1-inch touch­screen and dig­i­tal ra­dio.


Old-school 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine with mul­ti­point in­jec­tion pro­duces 110kW/197Nm. Paired with a five-speed man­ual that’s also dated, but to­gether they per­form pretty well. The man­ual de­liv­ers a sportier drive. If you want an auto it’s $2000 for a CVT. Takes stan­dard un­leaded with fuel thirst rated at 7.6L/100km. We were get­ting 7.3. Can tow a 1300kg load.


Achieved a 5-star ANCAP crash rat­ing with a score of 34.13 out of 37. Has seven airbags, along with a re­verse cam­era and rear park­ing sen­sors as stan­dard. Hill-start as­sist stops it rolling back­wards when you take your foot off the brake.


The larger ASX looks and feels more ro­bust, rid­ing 25mm higher with 205mm of ground clear­ance. The ASX’s road man­ners are ad­e­quate rather than in­spir­ing. Soaks up bumps well but the en­gine al­ways seem to work­ing hard, maybe be­cause max­i­mum torque does not kick in un­til 4200 revs. Steer­ing feel is pretty or­di­nary. Easy to get in and out of, with a seat height that will ap­peal to the oldies,

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