Mitsubishi bolsters ASX range with value-driven addition

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The Mitsubishi ASX has been around for more than a decade now. Recently kept fresh by a 2020 facelift, the compact crossover now boasts the brand's new corporate face and a number of small updates.

Despite its age, it's very well-equipped. Now known as the LS models, they've been joined by ES base derivatives. All ASX models are powered by the same 2.0-litre petrol engine with 110 kW and 197 Nm of torque. As with the posher LS models, there's an option of a five-speed manual or a CVT.

Even though it's an entry-level offering, the ES still features LED headlamps and daytime running lights, as well as LED fog lamps. This treatment is extended to the rear, where LED taillamps are found. Electric folding mirrors are also standard.

Inside, you're treated to all-round electric windows, cruise control, and Bluetooth connectivity. Interestingly, a CD player is standard - a touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is an option.

Practicality remains unaffected. The rear seats fold with a 60/40 split, turning the already big 406 litre boot into a considerably large loading bay, measuring 1206 litres.

As for safety, the ES receives stability and traction control, along with hill-start assist, ABS with brake assist, and EBD. Isofix child seat anchorages are also part of the package, along with driver, passenger and knee airbags.

For your convenience, the AS ES also receives rear parking distance control and keyless entry and push-button start. The ASX receives the brand's three-year/100 000 km manufacturer warranty, along with a three-year/60 000 km service plan and, impressively, a three-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance package.

Prices start at R369 995 for the manual and R389 995 for the CVT-equipped ES.

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