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MITSUBISHI has long been a major player
in the Australian 4WD and SUV sales race.
Beginning with the ground-breaking Pajero
almost 40 years ago when it was the first
affordable 4WD designed with comfort, not just
off-road ability, in mind.
Though Pajero was, and still is, a success
the Japanese giant dabbled in the small SUV
field in Australia in various ways for many years
without a huge amount of success – until it
began to import the Mitsubishi ASX in January
The subject of this weeks used-car review, the
ASX is aimed more at on-road use than tackling
the Aussie bush, but can be used on dirt roads,
forest trails and the like. That’s if you get one
with all-wheel-drive, the two-wheel-drive (front
wheels) should stick to the hard stuff.
Although it’s based on the same platform
as the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV the ASX has
shorter overhangs and a more stylish look. It
began with the so-called jet-fighter grille, but
that shape wasn’t particularly well received, so
in August 2012 it received a major facelift with
softer looks. Another facelift in January 2015
gives it a slightly different appliance.
The ASX can carry four adults with some
sharing of legroom necessary if all are tall. As a
small family SUV it works nicely. The boot is a
good size with a volume of 426 litres when the
rear seatback is upright and 1193 litres with the
The Mitsubishi ASX (for Active Sports
Crossover) and not to be confused with the
Australian Stock Exchange! (also tagged
ASX) is easy to drive and while not sporting it
handles normal driving ably. Ride comfort is
good and the suppression of noise, vibration
and harshness (NVH) works well and was
further improved with the 2012 makeover.
Mitsubishi ASX comes with the choice
of two engines, a 2.0-litre petrol unit and a
sophisticated 1.8-litre direct-injection turbo-
diesel. The diesel is as good as any of those
found in current generation European units
and reflects Mitsubishi’s expertise in the truck
However, models are seriously limited in
what you can opt for: the front-wheel drive
Mitsubishi ASX has the
option of either five-speed
manual or CVT automatic.
The 4WD petrol is only
available with CVT while the
diesel only comes with six-
With the 2012 upgrade of
the ASX the settings of the
CVT were modified to make
it sound and feel a little
more like a conventional
automatic. This makes it
slightly less efficient, but
pleasing potential owners
generally takes priority over
Though it has been many
years since Mitsubishi built
cars in Australia it’s still well
represented, with plenty of dealers in the metro
areas and a fair smattering in country cities and
Spare parts prices are generally reasonable
and we have heard of no real holdups in
Insurance costs are pretty reasonable as
most companies regards the ASX as a family
hatch with no sporting overtones.
Mitsubishi ASX has the added assurance of
Mitsubishi’s five-year / 130,000-km warranty.
Used cars may carry the balance of the
warranty, but check with dealers in case it no
longer meets all requirements.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Mitsubishi ASX, and the Outlander on which
it is based, have been around for long enough
for all bugs to be exterminated. It’s still wise to
have a professional inspection, after you have
done initial checks to the best of your ability.
It’s unlikely an ASX will ever have been off-
road, but if you suspect one has it’s perhaps
best to give it a miss and opt for one of the
ninety-something percent that have always bee
on sealed surfaces.
Signs of off-road use are scratches on the
paint of the bumper corners and on the doors.
These can perhaps be buffed out, but unless
the ASX is cheap why bother?
Underfloor damage to the powertrain or the
body itself is a real no-no.
Check the engine starts
easily, early morning when
it’s stone cold is ideal. The
diesel won’t kick over as
quickly as the petrol but
shouldn’t lag by too much.
Look over the seats
for signs of hard wear,
particularly in the back.
Similarly look for rough
treatment on the boot sides
If you haven’t
experienced a CVT
before it may feel and
sound a bit odd. Stick with
it, ideally for at least half an
hour to accustom yourself
to its operation. Basically it’s changing gears
all the time to keep the engine in the most
Expect to pay from $7000 to $11,000 for a
2010 Mitsubishi ASX 2WD; $11,000 to $17,000
for a 2011 Aspire 4WD; $13,000 to $19,000 for a
2012 Aspire 4WD or a 2013 Aspire 2WD; $15,000
to $22,000 for a 2013 Aspire 4WD; $18,000 to
$24,000 for a 2014 Aspire diesel; and $20,000 to
$27,000 for a 2015 XLS.
CAR BUYING TIP
If buying a popular vehicle take you time
to shop around carefully between the many
that are on sale. There may just be a real gem
waiting for you.
Mitsubishi ASX 2010-2016
Used Car Review
2015 Mitsubishi ASX
2012 Mitsubishi ASX
ASX comes with
the choice of two
engines, a 2.0L
petrol unit and a
2010 Mitsibishi ASX
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