Its newer competitors have far outpaced the best-selling compact Mitsubishi SUVs from the ASX model, but they come at a very attractive price. We find out if it is still a good value.
The ASX range starts at just $28,740 per vehicle (or $26,490 for the manual), making it one of the cheapest small SUVs on the market. Our test car was the GSR, which is just below the Exceed’s #1-ranked range.
Vertical costs less than $35,000 if you choose white paint—any other color costs between $740 and $940 more.
Standard fare on all models includes an 8-inch touchscreen display compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, four USB ports, keyless entry, climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The GSR has a larger 2.4-liter engine, more safety equipment, push-button start, suede and imitation leather seats, and rear parking sensors. Satellite navigation is a notable omission.
The trump card for Mitsubishi is the after-sales service. The brand has a 10-year warranty if you service through its dealer network and the cap rate services also extend to 10 years, with most priced at $299.
The leather and leather seats provide good thigh and side support, although the rear seat passengers sit a little “knees”.
Rear leg and headroom is reasonable for this size of SUV, and there’s enough room under the front seats to stretch out a bit.
There are no air vents in the back but the window sills are low, giving you an airy feel.
The low-profile 18-inch wheels tend to pick up little bumps and ripples at low speeds. They can also make some tire rumbles on rough road surfaces, while engine noises can be intrusive when overtaking or climbing hills.
The cheaper versions miss the standard security technology of most competitors, but the GSR is better equipped.
Driver assistance includes blind spot alert and lane departure, though the ASX won’t direct you back into your lane if you’re cruising.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert will warn of passing traffic if you are reversing away from the lane but will not brake to avoid a potential collision. Other items missing from the safety arsenal include radar cruise control and traffic sign recognition.
The ASX sits on an older platform and hasn’t been crash-tested since 2014, when it received a five-star rating. If it is retested, it will not score the highest.
On the road
The ASX is an honest mechanical package but lacks the versatility and refinement of more modern competitors.
The 2.4-liter engine, mated to a continuously variable transmission, matches competitors for power output, but can be a bit noisy under full throttle.
It’s reasonably frugal on the open road, but around town you won’t come close to the fuel use claim of 7.9 l/km.
On the open road, it feels safe and sits reasonably flat through the corners of a high-ride SUV, although it can be unstable due to the ripples and bumps in the middle of the corner. Around town, the ride can be a bit lumpy.
MG ZS Essence, from $34,690 when available
Linear ball on the price but the MG has a more modern cabin and many standard equipment.
Kia Seltos Sport (with safety package), from about $33,790 drive
Less power but better driving, with more standard safety and comfort features.
Hyundai Kona Elite, from about $35,700 by car
Less powerful engine, shorter warranty but more safety technology and longer standard equipment list.
The ASX shows its age but the steep price tag, long warranty and cheap service make it worth considering for buyers on a budget.
MITSUBISHI ASX GSR VITALS
price About $35,000 by car
Warranty / Service 10 years, 200,000 kilometers, $3,890 over 10 years
engine 2.4 liters petrol, 123 kW and 222 Nm
safety Six airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert
Third 7.9 liters per 100 km
Shipping 393 liters
Originally Posted as 2022 New Mitsubishi ASX GSR Review