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    Some things never change – even in an industry that seems to be moving at light speed right now.

    The 2024 Mitsubishi ASX seems to not acknowledge time. It’s been on sale in its current generation since I was still in school, and is based on a platform that dates back to the Japanese brand’s ties with Daimler in the mid-2000s.

    The venerable Mitsubishi crossover remains a strong seller despite its advancing years and increasing competition, largely from value-focused Chinese brands.

    Mitsubishi registered 9176 new ASX units in Australia in 2023 – which while down 28.0 per cent on the 12,753 units and fourth-placed year-end finish from 2022, still accounted for 6.2 per cent of the mainstream small SUV segment. Not bad for an old duck.

    New for MY24 is the ES Street accessory pack on test here, bringing “a unique aesthetic” to the ASX, donning a range of black and red-themed accessories to give it an almost Fast and Furious or Need for Speed look.

    For $2500 over the regular ES it’s quite a striking, if polarising set of add-ons which may not be to all tastes. But we have to give credit to Mitsubishi Australia for daring to do something different and bring a bit of JDM flavour.

    But, we’re here to find out if the ASX is still worth a look nearly 15 years on from the original launch. Now on its third facelift, should this still be on your compact SUV shortlist?

    How does the Mitsubishi ASX compare?
    View a detailed breakdown of the Mitsubishi ASX against similarly sized vehicles.

    How much does the Mitsubishi ASX cost?

    The 2024 Mitsubishi ASX lineup starts from $24,490 before on-road costs, with this ES Street accessorised version priced from $30,490 plus on-roads.

    Model VariantPrice before on-roads
    2024 Mitsubishi ASX GS 2.0 6MT$24,490
    2024 Mitsubishi ASX GS 2.0 CVT$26,740
    2024 Mitsubishi ASX ES 2.0 CVT$27,990
    2024 Mitsubishi ASX MR 2.0 CVT$29,740
    2024 Mitsubishi ASX ES Street 2.0 CVT$30,490
    2024 Mitsubishi ASX LS 2.0 CVT$30,440
    2024 Mitsubishi ASX GSR 2.4 CVT$32,740
    2024 Mitsubishi ASX Exceed 2.4 CVT$35,240

    To see how the Mitsubishi ASX lines up against the competition, check out our comparison tool.

    What is the Mitsubishi ASX like on the inside?

    Unlike the ASX exterior which has gone through a number of design revisions over the years, the interior has remained largely unchanged save for some detail and tech upgrades.

    The centre stack has been modified to accommodate different screens, with the latest being an 8.0-inch touchscreen unit shared with other Mitsubishi models like the Eclipse Cross and Pajero Sport.

    Being based on the one-up-from-base ES, there’s cloth trim and minimal luxury touches, but everything is functional, feels well built (for the most part), and is very conventional compared to something like a GWM Haval Jolion.

    The upper sections of the cabin are finished with soft-touch plastics, and the thin-rimmed leather steering wheel is a throwback to a different era of Mitsubishi products. Likewise the tiny supervision display between the analogue dials dates back to last decade, and still doesn’t feature a digital speedometer readout which is disappointing.

    I like the chunky rotary dials for the climate control, as well as the padded leatherette accents where your knees come to rest on either side of the centre console. Mitsubishi has nicely refined the design over the years but it still feels very dated in 2024.

    While a little old hat, everything is nice and simple – and might be refreshing for those wanting something a little back-to-basics. That said, this ES Street is $30,000 before on-road costs and plenty of cars at a similar price offer more upmarket cockpits, as well as more up-to-date tech and design.

    While the TFT display in the instrument cluster is disappointingly basic, the touchscreen offers wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in addition to DAB radio. Bluetooth phone streaming also features, but this was the first time in a while any person I spoke to on the phone (with CarPlay or Bluetooth) complained about shocking audio quality from my end – not good if you’re making a lot of calls while on the road.

    It’s otherwise a very basic system, with features like embedded satellite navigation spared for the top-spec Exceed. Audio quality in this ES Street wasn’t great either, sticking with a tinny four-speaker system instead of the six-speaker suite in the MR, LS and GSR grades, let alone the Exceed’s nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio.

    Really, if you’re a tech nut I don’t think you’d be looking at this above most other options in the class anyway…

    Storage is at least pretty good. There’s a deep slot ahead of the shifter to stow your phone and wallet right near the USB-A ports if you’re hooked up to smartphone mirroring, decent cupholders in the centre console as well as deep door pockets with bottle holders.

    The manual handbrake eats into the centre console and is quite old-school. A nicely sized storage bin between the front seats lives under a padded armrest, though the lid itself doesn’t feel super solid and wobbles when opened.

    Mitsubishi’s older switchgear again is a throwback to the late 2000s, but it’s all clearly labelled and pretty easy to use. The chunky buttons and solid actions are also nice in a world of fiddly touch controls.

    Oh and before I forget – the ES Street picks up an aluminium and leather gear selector that looks straight out of the Ralliart catalogue. It has chilly bits of real aluminium and is really nice to hold and shift through the stepped gates.

    Rear seat space has long been an ASX strength relative to the segment, as its taller and boxy proportions lend decent room for adults in the second row. I’m 6’1 and can fit behind my own driving position fine, so two adults will be comfy in the back.

    I have squeezed three across in an ASX before and while not really that pleasant, it can be done. Growing families with kids, however, will be catered for nicely too. It’s a proper four seater and can be a fiver at a pinch.

    Remembering the ES Street’s lower tier in the lineup, limited amenities are to be expected. A fold-down centre armrest, map pocket behind the front passenger seat and bottle holders in the doors are all good to have. There are no rear air vents, and you have to step up to the LS to get USB power outlets in the rear.

    For parents, there are ISOFIX anchors on the outboard seats as well as top-tethers behind every second-row seat.

    Cargo capacity in the ASX is rated at a healthy 393 litres (VDA), expanding to 1193 litres (1143L Exceed) with the second row folded. It’s no longer best in class, but still bigger than most similarly sized hatchbacks.

    Mitsubishi also quotes dimensions for the cargo area: 735-1475mm length (5-seat to 2-seat), 1355mm width, 750mm height and 1000mm between the wheel arches. A space saver spare lives under the boot floor.

    DimensionMitsubishi ASX
    Boot capacity (VDA)393L (5 seat)
    1143-1193L (2 seat)
    Kerb weight1342-1437kg
    Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)1970kg

    To see how the Mitsubishi ASX lines up against the competition, check out our comparison tool.

    What’s under the bonnet?

    Two naturally aspirated petrol engines are available in the ASX depending on variant; the Street features the less powerful option.

    Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 2WD
    Engine2.0L 4cyl
    Power110kW (6000rpm)
    Engine torque197Nm (4200rpm)
    TransmissionCVT automatic
    Driven wheelsFront
    Weight1342-1389kg (kerb)
    Fuel economy (claim)7.7L/100km (6MT)
    7.6L/100km (CVT)
    Fuel tank size63 litres
    Fuel requirement91 RON
    CO2 emissions179g/km (6MT)
    176g/km (CVT)
    Emissions standardEuro 5
    Maximum tow capacity1300kg (braked)
    Maximum towball download130kg

    We had an issue with the trip computer resetting with every drive (and following the loan were brought across how to change that setting), but fuel consumption hovered around the 9-10L/100km mark when doing city and urban driving and would drop to about to the 7-8L/100km mark with more freeway use.

    The 63L fuel tank should ensure decent range between fills, particularly if you’re going to spend more time on the highway, but the lack of idle stop-start tech means the ASX gets quite thirsty around town.

    To see how the Mitsubishi ASX lines up against the competition, check out our comparison tool.

    How does the Mitsubishi ASX drive?

    I’ll get this out of the way – don’t buy an ASX ES Street thinking it’s going to drive like a Ralliart-lite or something.

    Lower grades of the ASX get an atmo 2.0-litre four which in reality has the same kind of outputs and revving nature as my old 2000 Honda CR-V – that had 108kW and 182Nm some 25 years ago, but with a four-speed slushbox.

    The ASX is aided somewhat by the CVT, though this driveline has been around for quite some time and definitely feels that way.

    It offers decent response off the line and has a burbly little thrum to the note, but try to get anywhere quickly and you’ll see the tacho flare and your ears will be met with thrashy tones. In 2.0-litre guise, the ASX is best kept to more urban commutes and sedate driving behaviour.

    To be honest it’s pretty agreeable in mundane daily driving, and offers decent performance for what is a 20-year-old drivetrain, save for the odd elastic feeling at lower speeds or setting off from the CVT.

    Once at a cruise the ASX drops revs low and settles nicely. Again it’s a pretty agreeable and fuss-free thing to live with, but it’s hardly engaging nor a standout performer.

    General refinement is fine provided you aren’t wringing its neck, and there’s acceptable wind and road noise intrusion once you get onto the highway or freeway. Coarse-chip stuff does make it a little echoey, but it’s hardly worst in class for that kind of thing.

    The steering is a little heavier than your might expect for a smaller SUV focused on the city, but that’s also likely down to the car’s age. It’s pretty accurate, but can be a little inconsistent in its feedback depending on speed and can be upset by bumps in the road.

    As for the ride, the ASX is on the firmer side, but it doesn’t feel particularly sporty or engaging in the way it handles. It can be a little sharper over harder hits in the city, but feels pretty tied down in most daily scenarios… and a little top heavy in the bends.

    Put simply, it’s outclassed by newer and more advanced competition, namely the likes of the Mazda CX-30 and Skoda Kamiq – both of which can be had for similar money these days.

    Another area where the ASX is showing its age is driver assistance technologies, of which there are few. Despite having most basics covered higher up in the range, the GS and ES grades make do with low-speed AEB and lane departure warning, but that’s about it.

    The lane departure warning merely beeps at you if you’re drifting over the lane marking but won’t intervene, and you’ll need to step up to the LS if you want blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

    Perhaps even more puzzling is the fact that the Eclipse Cross, which rides on a version of the same platform, offers extended functionality like adaptive cruise control.

    It’s a shame Mitsubishi hasn’t been able to keep one of its oldest and top-selling models up to date when the tech is available – surely just make everything available from the base level, or at least most of it.

    What do you get?

    The ASX still offers a pretty big lineup relative to some rivals, and the ES Street is only a couple of rungs up from the bottom of the ladder.

    ASX GS features:

    • 2.0L MIVEC petrol engine
    • 16-inch steel wheels
    • LED headlights
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Rear spoiler
    • Manual air-conditioning
    • Cruise control
    • Power fold door mirrors
    • Fabric seat trim
    • 60:40 split rear seats
    • 8.0-inch touchscreen
      • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
      • Bluetooth
      • DAB radio
    • 2 x USB ports
    • 4-speaker audio
    • Reversing camera
    • Electrochromatic rear-view mirror

    ASX ES adds:

    • 18-inch alloy wheels
    • Auto headlights
    • Auto high beam
    • Auto wipers
    • LED front fog lights
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Automatic climate control
    • Rear heater duct (2nd row)

    ASX ES Street adds:

    • Black large front spoiler
    • Black front and rear skid plates with red highlights
    • Black tailgate protector
    • Black exterior door handle covers
    • Stainless steel front and rear door scuff plates
    • Aluminium and leather gear shifter
    • Side decal package
    • ‘Street’ tailgate decal

    ASX LS adds (over ES):

    • Roof rails, black
    • Chrome interior door handles
    • Indicators in side mirrors
    • Chrome side garnish
    • Smart key, push-button start
    • 6-speaker audio
    • 2 x USB ports in rear console
    • Illuminated vanity mirrors, front
    • Leather steering wheel, gearshift

    ASX MR adds (over ES):

    • 18-inch alloy wheels, black
    • Black exterior door mirrors
    • Black grille insert
    • Privacy glass, rear
    • Smart key, push-button start
    • Contrast stitching, Red
    • 6-speaker audio
    • 2 x USB ports in rear console
    • Illuminated vanity mirrors, front
    • Leather steering wheel, gearshift

    ASX GSR adds (over LS):

    • 2.4L MIVEC petrol engine
    • 18-inch alloy wheels, black
    • Black exterior door mirrors
    • Black grille insert
    • Aluminium pedals
    • Contrast stitching, Red
    • Leather steering wheel, gearshift
    • Microsuede, leatherette seat trim
    • Paddle shifters
    • Black interior headliner
    • Black rear spoiler

    ASX Exceed adds:

    • 18-inch alloy wheels, two-tone
    • Auto headlight levelling
    • Panoramic roof incl. power shade
    • Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker audio
    • Satellite navigation
    • Leather-appointed seats
    • Power driver seat
    • Heated front seats

    Is the Mitsubishi ASX safe?

    The Mitsubishi ASX once wore a 2014-dated five-star ANCAP safety rating, though this has now lapsed.

    Against much older criteria, the ASX managed a frontal offset score of 14.13 out of 16 and a side impact score of 16 out of 16. Whiplash and pedestrian protection were rated Good and Acceptable, respectively.

    Standard safety equipment includes:

    • 7 airbags
    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
    • Forward collision warning
    • Reversing camera

    ASX ES and above add:

    • Lane departure warning
    • Rear parking sensors

    ASX LS and above add:

    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Rear cross-traffic alert

    How much does the Mitsubishi ASX cost to run?

    Mitsubishi offers 10 years of capped-price servicing, as well as a lengthy 10-year, 200,000km warranty if you service your ASX with Mitsubishi – servicing out of network reduces that to five years and 100,000km.

    Scheduled servicing is required every 12 months or 15,000 kilometres – whichever comes first.

    Service IntervalPrice
    12 months/15,000km$309
    24 months/30,000km$409
    36 months/45,000km$409
    48 months/60,000km$409
    60 months/75,000km$409
    72 months/90,000km$719
    84 months/105,000km$409
    96 months/120,000km$719
    108 months/135,000km$509
    120 months/150,000km$719

    CarExpert’s Take on the Mitsubishi ASX

    While this new accessory pack may be “for the streets”, I don’t think this is the Mitsubishi ASX to buy.

    Given its age and limited assistance tech suite, the GS (from $24,490) or ES (from $27,990) serve as good legacy alternatives to Chinese rivals like the GWM Haval Jolion or MG ZST if you need a smaller crossover on a tight budget.

    Once you break that $30,000 barrier you open the door to new, high-tech, powerful rivals which make a stronger case in general than the ASX does in its upper tiers. The ASX does still offer second-row accommodation and boot capacity that beats a number of rivals at the price point, however.

    There’s also the question of “what’s next” for the ASX. Mitsubishi Australia doesn’t seem able to bring the rebadged Renault Captur with the same name available in Europe, and there are no electrified options available in Japan.

    For now though, if you’re after cheap transport with the peace of mind of a super long warranty, the Mitsubishi ASX remains a decent if ageing option. Just keep to the variants under the $30,000 barrier.

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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