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2010 Mitsubishi ASX Aspire 2.0 AWD CVT Car Review


HOW refreshing that – as most cars get bigger with each generational change – there are a wave of smaller and lighter compact SUV contenders stepping in.

The latest example is the Mitsubishi ASX, an Outlander-based four-door wagon with dimensions that make it seem barely larger than a Lancer small car’s.

Here we take a look at the top-line Aspire AWD to see how it feels and behaves from behind the wheel.

Model release dates: August 2010 - May 2015

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Previous model

Make: Mitsubishi
Model: Pajero iO

March 1999 Release date:

September 2003End date:

MITSUBISHI’S been down this sub-compact SUV path before, with the chunky iO, a Daihatsu Terios-style baby 4x4 with an urban focus.

But the difference between iO and ASX is all summed up in the Pajero prefix – the former had surprisingly formidable off-road ability, compared to the newcomer’s soft-road approach.

Nevertheless, despite the booming SUV market at the time, the iO fell between the two segments and never really caught on with consumers.

Two body styles were offered, a two-door Hardtop powered by a 75kW/135Nm 1.6-litre petrol/five-speed manual combo, and a four-door wagon using a 86kW/165Nm 1.8L petrol in manual or four-speed auto variants.

Both engines were usurped come facelift time in October 2001 by a more suitable 95kW/177Nm 2.0L petrol unit offered in either manual or auto transmission.

Sales remained slow nevertheless, so Mitsubishi pulled the plug on the iO when the larger, first-generation Outlander arrived in 2003.

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