IT’S the small SUV that brings a whole lot of funk. The 2020 ASX GSR delivers a crisp and modern blacked out look to the popular Mitsubishi, with its newest body shape boasting a futuristic look.
Building on the Mitsubishi Shield front end design found on the Triton and Pajero Sport, among others, with its elongated headlights and bank of four driving lights, with unique black surrounds, the GSR looks a little out of this world.
Riding on 18-inch black alloys, and sporting a host of black detailing, the GSR variant is powered by a 2.4-litre Mivec petrol engine, delivering 123kW of power and 222Nm of torque.
There’s good initial pick up when accelerating from a standing start, but if you drive it hard, you’ll get some torque steer love from the front end. You might also struggle with mid-range acceleration, which doesn’t give you confidence changing lanes at speed.
The combination of front-wheel drive and the fact it’s mated to a continuous variable transmission (CVT) doesn’t really do the ASX GSR any favours. It’s not the best in market, but not the worst either, you might say.
Steering is fairly light, so you won’t have to man handle the ASX, but it might not be to everyone’s tastes. A Macpherson strut, coil spring and stabiliser bar suspension up front, and a multi-link stabiliser bar in the rear, provide a comfy ride.
Don’t hit any speed bumps too hard though, unless you want a sunroof that nobody ordered. Ride and handling aside, it’s hard to go past the blacked out look of the GSR (which sits just one model below the range topping Exceed).
The colour range is fairly impressive too, with Solid White, Starlight, Sunshine Orange (our test vehicle and a personal favourite), Sterling Silver, Red Diamond, Lightning Blue, Titanium and Black.
The oddly futuristic feeling found in the exterior design of the 2020 Mistubishi ASX GSR SUV continues inside, and at first glance, the dash feels very large and almost spaceship like. It might take some time to adjust your spatial awareness as a result.
We weren’t sure what to expect when we first jumped in, but the seats really amp up the luxury feel, thanks to micro-suede seat trim with synthetic leather bolsters which are all tied together with red stitching. It’s a beautiful combination.
That red stitching is carried on to the manual handbrake and gear shifter. All of this is complemented by a black roof lining, which just ties it all together so nicely. The centre console is a good size, with a removable tray that’s perfect for smaller items.
The ASX has two cup holders and a 12-volt power socket. There are bottle holders in the doors and the rear seats also have an armrest in the middle, with two additional cup holders. Metal finish sports pedals for the accelerator and brake also feature.
The blacked out detailing found outside is present inside too, while the steering wheel features plenty of control options, and paddle shifters should you want to get excited and go manual. Cruise control is within easy reach as well.
One thing we did notice is that the instrument cluster doesn’t show you what the speed is set to (or if it did, we couldn’t see it), which can make things a little confusing. That said, it’s great to have cruise.
One of the interior standouts though is the 8.0-inch infotainment screen, with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as DAB+ digital radio. The screen is bordered with a gloss black surround which makes it sit perfectly in the dash.
It’s a pity the same can’t be said for the air conditioning controls, which are all shiny silver dials. In an all black styled car, it’s an odd look. It makes them look like they were lifted from elsewhere in the range, and simply plonked in.
The sound system is pretty good, with 6-speakers on hand to pump your beats, and there are two USB charging points underneath the infotainment system. There’s also a storage slot for your phone, which is a great additional feature.
Rear leg room is good, as is the head room, but if you have a rear facing baby seat, like this author, the front passenger seat does have to be a little further forward than is ideal, and this eliminates the front seat for a tall traveller, when bub’s on board.
There are also no rear air vents. The boot is a good size, at 393-litres, with the back seats up, or 1193-litres with the 60:40 split fold rears laid down. It has a 1,300kg braked towing capacity, and a space saver spare wheel.
The ASX GSR comes with push button start and unlock features, along with rear-view camera with dynamic parking lines. It’s safe too, with a host of airbags, along with forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning and blind spot warning.
There’s also lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, auto high beam, emergency stop signals and emergency brake assist, hill start assist, active stability and traction control, ABS, EBD and a brake override system.
It’s a well thought out vehicle overall, with a funky look that’s sure to appeal to many buyers.
It’s priced at $32,490 drive away and comes with a 5-year/100,000km warranty, along with capped price servicing for up to three years, and roadside assistance for the same period via Mitsubishi Club membership (provided you service your vehicle with them).
Our test vehicle was provided by Mitsubishi Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX GSR, contact your local Mitsubishi dealer.