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MITSUBISHI ASX REVIEWS | 2020 MODEL

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2020 Mitsubishi ASX VRX – Car Review – bigger and better

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SOURCE: DRIVE LIFE | YEAR: 2020 | WORDS: FRED ALVREZ

It’s regularly the biggest selling small SUV in New Zealand. Sharp pricing, good features and well-produced TV ads all help the Mitsubishi ASX to climb the small SUV charts.

There’s been no chassis updates to this model, the changes are based around the front and rear facelift, a switch of tyres to help reduce road noise, an update to the interior including a larger touchscreen, removal of AWD and diesel engines, and the fitment of a 2.4-litre engine in the top-spec VRX.

The old model felt a bit dated, in the look and the drive. So what’s the new model really like? Mitsubishi sent us a top-spec VRX model for a week to give you just that answer.

The 2.0-litre engine will give you 112kW of power and 200Nm of torque, while the 2.4 manages 125kW and 225Nm. The two lower models come with a CVT automatic transmission, while the 2.4 has a CVT as well, it also has a 6-speed sports mode with paddle shifters.

Gone are the AWD or diesel engine options that the previous ASX offered.

Standard equipment is pretty reasonable across the range. There’s 18” alloys standard, an 8” touchscreen with pinch and zoom, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reversing camera, keyless entry, auto LED headlamps, auto wipers, DAB audio with 4 speakers, manual headlamp levelling, auto dimming interior mirror, climate AC.

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2020 Mitsubishi ASX AA Review

SOURCE: AA | YEAR: 2020 | WORDS AND PHOTOS: AA MOTORING NZ

Mitsubishi’s ASX has been a steady performer in its compact SUV class. It’s now had an overhaul, and most notably there’s no longer a 4WD version – that niche will be filled by Mitsi’s Eclipse Cross.

Mitsubishi’s ASX has been a steady performer in its compact SUV class. It’s now had an overhaul, and most notably there’s no longer a 4WD version – that niche will be filled by Mitsi’s Eclipse Cross.

Instead the ASX will focus on those looking for value from a high-riding wagon, an urban commuter that’s capable on the open road too.

The three-variant range now opens at $29,990 with the 2.0 LS, and tops out with the $34,990 VRX, which was the version we trialled.

The facelift has imparted a bolder, arguably more macho look up front, and a more emphatic one out back. All the lamps are now LED, with auto levelling for the VRX headlights, there are new alloy wheels and even a new tyre design, pitched as quieter – something we did notice, and appreciate.

All models get some updates to trim flourishes, and an eight-inch touch screen, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the latter also allowing pinch-zoom on google maps. The lower grades get cloth trim, while this VRX has a new grain material for the “leather appointed” seats, with synthetic leather for the second row centre seat.

While the entry models stick with a 2.0-litre engine, this VRX has the 2.4, with more power – now 125kW and 226Nm – and a greater thirst, claimed at 7.9l/100km, 0.3l/100km more than the 2.0.

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