MITSUBISHI ASX 2.0 LS 2WD
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,