The ASX has been around for a long, long time and is now at the point where every year Mitsubishi does something to keep it fresh. For 2019, the line-up is down to just one engine, the 2.0-litre MIVEC and the all-wheel drive option is kaput.

The entry-level is now the ES and can be had with a five-speed manual ($23,490) or a continuously variable transmission ($25,490). If you want the 'ADAS' safety package, you'll pay $26,990. Standard on the LS are 18-inch alloys, four-speaker stereo, air-conditioning, fake leather and suede trim, reversing camera, cruise control, fog lamps, powered folding mirrors and a space-saver spare.

The multimedia system is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB. Curiously it has a GPS location feature, but no maps. The screen is by far the most modern part of the car - snappy, crisp and it looks good even if the graphics are a bit Fisher Price.

The standard safety package includes seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, brake assist, reversing camera, two ISOFIX points and three top-tether anchors. The ASX scored five ANCAP stars in 2014.

The optional ADAS package throws in - for not very much money, it has to be said - forward AEB, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, auto headlights, auto wipers and electro-chromatic rear vision mirror.