Changes by way of a new exterior facelift keep the ASX looking fresh, while specification improvements and a revitalized interior adds premium styling and value. The ASX also receives an SDA (Smartphone link Display Audio) system; LED DRL’s across the range and advanced safety systems on the VRX models.
The exterior changes mainly revolve around new front and rear bumpers, trim and new honeycomb style front grille. Interior NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) has been reduced, all thanks to a truck load of interior insulators covering almost every aspect of the vehicle body structure.
A new floor console and gearshift positioning is one of the more noticeable interior changes, sport mode has gone, and a low gear (L) has been added to aid in ascending steep hills and allow heavy engine braking at low speeds. The 2WD XLS model features downshift mode for engine braking or when extra acceleration is necessary. Along with high-grade cloth upholstery, leather-effect sports trim, silver detailing, and a new centre panel which houses 2x USB ports, active stability control and seat heating switches (VRX).
Smartphone integration is an increasingly popular feature of the modern vehicle and usually means it’s not necessary to have a vehicle equipped with Sat Nav, as a paired phone can connect and direct you to a searched location with ease (often without even knowing the exact street address). It also allows music playing from phone to car as well as hands free functions keeping the drivers’ hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
The premium spec VRX model benefits from a few extra safety systems – Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Auto High Beam lights. For those not yet familiar with the collision mitigation systems, this one utilizes laser radar and camera technology to determine if a frontal collision with a vehicle or pedestrian is imminent. If so, it warns the driver first with an audible and visual signal and automatically applies moderate to emergency braking in order to reduce or prevent an incident.
The price point sits the ASX on par with similar vehicles in its class, creating a tough decision for those on the hunt for a safe, well-specced small to medium SUV.
At a glance
|Models||XLS, VRX, 2WD and 4WD|
|Engine||2.0L Petrol, 2.3L Turbo Diesel|
|ANCAP safety rating||5-Star|
|Power||112kW, 200Nm (366Nm diesel) torque.|
|Transmission||CVT (petrol) 6-speed A/T (diesel)|
|Fuel economy||From 6.0L/100km (diesel) and 7.6 (petrol)|
|Towing capacity||750kg unbraked, 1,300kg braked 2wd, 1,400 kg braked for 4wd|
|Luggage capacity / payload||393, 358 (4wd)|
|Smart brake and Brake assist||Dual stage airbags|
|Lane Departure warning (VRX)||Forward Collison mitigation (VRX)|
Hill Start Assist
|ABS, EBD, ATC (active traction control) and ASC|