SUVs don't necessarily mean huge off-roaders anymore. With the small SUV category including cars like the Mitsubishi ASX which starts at $24,990, it’s now easier to swap your city hatch for a more roomy SUV, especially if you have a family.

The ASX competes with cars like the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3, and it's on the larger side of the small SUV category so still feels like a decent sized car.

The whole range has had an update for 2020 and I test drove the ASX GSR which is second from the top of a range of five, and costs $32,240 drive-away. Here's how it performed for this week’s family review.

The Mitsubishi ASX now has much more modern exterior than the last model. It’s less boxy with a new headlight shape and rear light shape, too.

It feels like it’s entered this decade with a design worthy of 2020 and that makes you feel better while driving it.

Inside has also been ramped up, and the interior of this model is stylish.

Yes, there is still an abundance of man-made materials along the dash and doors, but it doesn’t feel like it’s been made on a budget. The suede-look seats actually feel almost luxe and come with a red stitched trim to add flair. There are matt metallic touches throughout the interior and the whole effect is one of a well designed vehicle.

While it’s not going to blow away the competition, especially with some of the newer designed cars in the category, the Mitsubishi ASX is still a solid contender among small SUVs.

It’s a good size with a decent boot that makes it practical for families, and if you’re not caught up on having a super snazzy engine, this ASX GSR does the trick for an affordable price. Plus it has good safety and technology.

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