Mitsubishi ASX(2020) Review and Pricing

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We Like: Solid Feeling on the road, 2.0 N/A lots of torque, leg room in the rear, large panoramic roof.

We Don’t Like: Fuel consumption is average, interior design and trim are a bit bland, a weird squeak from the back of the front seats – might be car specific.

In Summary

  • Retail: R414 900
  • Engine: 2.0L MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
  • Power/Torque: 103 kW/220 Nm
  • Transmission: 6-speed CVT (is available in Manual our Pick)
  • Fuel consumption: 7.9L/100km (Combined Cycle) (claimed) 8.1L/100 km (Achieved)
  • Load capacity: 406-1 120 litres

The Mitsubishi ASX has had a pretty drastic facelift, starting with a nice big Screen integrated into the middle of the slightly bland interior to give it a fresh feel. The updated Mitsubishi ASX gains a new bonnet, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights as well as a new-look grille and front end. The back sees the introduction of LED lights. There are also new 18-inch alloy wheels and a new range of colours.
One thing we know straight off the bat is that the ASX is going to run forever you’ll see these on the roads for many years to come, we love Mitsubishis’ reliability.

Performance, fuel economy and handling

I was genuinely impressed with how good the ASX was to drive, even against newer competitors. Earlier ASXs were not composed over bumps or comfortable in corners but it’s clear that in addition to styling tweaks over the past 8 years, Mitsubishi engineers have also put some time into the suspension setup. Though not the benchmark for the category. The ASX is predictable through bends but leans when cornering quickly. Steering is light and fairly accurate. We found the suspension soaks up the bumps and makes for a pleasant place to be while inspiring confidence on winding roads and freeways.
In terms of engine choice, the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX is equipped with an updated version of the 2.0-litre MIVEC motor offering up 110 kW and 197 Nm which is the only option. A 5-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed CVT are available.

For those wanting to tow a van or trailer, the ASX boasts an improved rating of 1 260 kg (braked) for the manual transmission and 750kg for the CVT (unbraked). The fuel rating label says the average consumption is a reasonable 5.8L/100km. In a mix of city and highway driving, we saw an average of between 7.9L/100km and 8.2L/100km, which is better than expected for a 2.0L but slightly high for the class with smaller turbo motors. It features a relatively large fuel tank taking 63L’s of fuel.

Interior execution and features

The cabin is roomy, the seats are comfortable and the front two seats are heated. The boot is big enough, though not best-in-class at 406L. There is good visibility thanks to all the windows. It includes a standard, high-quality rear-camera and sensors to help when maneuvering.

Standard equipment is, remote central locking, a larger 8.0-inch infotainment screen, and a one-touch auto-up power window for the driver as well as 60/40 split-fold rear seats that has two ISOFIX child seat mounts and three top tether points. There are unfortunately no air vents or power sockets in the rear, it would have been nice to see even a USB charging point for the rear passengers. But the Panoramic Roof and roof lighting will keep the rear passengers occupied making the car feel very large and airy from the rear seats.

Retail pricing and warranty 

The ASX is covered by Mitsubishi Motors’ Manufacturer’s Warranty of 3 years or 100 000km, a 5-year / 90 000 km Service Plan and a 5-year / unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance. Service intervals are scheduled at every 15 000 km or once a year.

  • Mitsubishi ASX 5-speed M/T R399 995
  • Mitsubishi ASX 6-speed A/T CVT R414 995

Verdict

The only potential issue we see with the ASX is the interior, at this price point and market most of the rivals are new cars with new freshly designed interiors which are different and give the feel of excitement whereas the ASX has possibly the blandest grown-up interior in class and looks slightly out of place with the 8inch Screen in the middle, but all in all, it is a high quality feel and very functional. Everything is layout out in a pretty logical location. The standard features on the ASX list and extremely good looks do set it apart from the rivals for just over R400k. We would defiantly recommend the 6 Speed manual and you’ll have many years of comfortable, reliable driving.

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