MITSUBISHI

MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE CROSS HATCHBACK 1.5 Exceed 5dr CVT 4WD

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2196 g/km

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is easily the most class-competitive SUV that Mitsubishi makes. Stand-out styling, an efficient 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine and plush equipment levels are all strong points. Enough to make you look beyond the Qashqai and SEAT Ateca models that rule the mid-size volume-branded Crossover class? Quite possibly.

ECLIPSE OF THE HEART?

If you're looking for a Qashqai-class family SUV but want something a little different, Mitsubishi's Eclipse Cross offers an interesting alternative. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is easily the most class-competitive SUV that Mitsubishi makes. Stand-out styling, an efficient 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine and plush equipment levels are all strong points. Enough to make you look beyond the Qashqai and SEAT Ateca models that rule the mid-size volume-branded Crossover class? Quite possibly.

Background

Many of the volume makers are pretty committed to SUVs these days, but Mitsubishi is a brand even more focused on this genre than most. Apart from the rare Mirage Juro citycar, every model in its line-up is an SUV, with none of them more important than the contender we're going to look at here, the Eclipse Cross. This was the last design that Mitsubishi engineered before it was enveloped by the Renault Nissan Alliance, which means that very probably, it will be remembered as the last car the Japanese brand developed entirely on its own. It's certainly an important model, pitched directly into the Qashqai class of family hatchback-based SUVs that have been primarily responsible for driving sales of this genre.

Driving Experience

For the time being, there's just a single engine option, an all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit developing 163hp and 250Nm of torque which will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox or CVT automatic transmission with a Sport mode, manual override and paddle shifters. CVT boxes end to be a bit jerky, but Mitsubishi says it's worked hard in this case to combine the running cost benefits of belt-driven CVT technology with the smoothness and responsiveness of a traditional torque converter automatic. Four-wheel drive is an option further up the range, the AWD set-up incorporating the latest generation of Mitsubishi's Super All-wheel Control (S-AWC) system that offers a choice of three drive modes - Auto, Snow and Gravel. In standard auto mode, torque is split 80:20 front-to-rear, though up to 45% of drive can be sent backwards if a lack of traction demands it. Individual wheels can also be braked if slip is detected. This drivetrain will be standard on the 2.2-litre diesel-engined variant that Mitsubishi plans to launch late in 2018. As for performance, well the manual 2WD model makes 62mph from rest in 10.3s en route to 127mph flat out. The acceleration figure improves to 9.3s on the auto model, while for the 4WD auto variant, the readings are 9.8s and 124mph.

Design and Build

We like the styling of this Eclipse Cross - and think buyers will too. It's the work of the company's new design chief Tsunehiro Kunimoto and is certainly more distinctive than the Mitsubishi norm. The Japanese maker claims it's a 'radically new direction' for the genre, which may be over-stating things a bit. Still, the look is sleek and not too generic, particularly nice touches including the extended wheel arches and the split-rear screen. Inside, you're treated to what the brand describes as a 'cockpit-style driving environment'; it's certainly a lot nicer in terms of perceived quality than the interiors you'll find in a first generation ASX or Mitsubishi's more expensive Outlander model. That's just as well, considering the current prevailing class standard. The raked roof and narrow side glass impinge a little on rear visibility. At the back, rear seat passengers are treated to slide-and-recline adjustment for the 60:40 split rear seat; in fact, the rear seat back has eight different recline settings and the base has up to 200mm of travel. The boot is wide but shallow, and will only take 341-litres of luggage, which is a little below the class standard. Still, it'll probably be sufficient for most likely owners.

Market and Model

As you'd expect, prices are class-competitive, though Mitsubishi hasn't made any attempt to offer a really basic version priced against entry-level derivatives of segment leaders like the Nissan Qashqai or the SEAT Ateca. So for potential Eclipse Cross buyers, prices start at just over £21,000 for the entry-level '2'-spec variant. Most will want to find the £1,300 premium to get t mid-range '3' trim, at which point you'll be offered the opportunity of finding around £1,500 for automatic transmission - or around £2,800 r more automatic transmission and 4WD. There's also a plusher '4' level of trim. All Eclipse Cross variants are well specified, with even the entry-level '2' version offering niceties like a rear view camera, a DAB radio with six speakers, cruise control, climate control air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and a 'Smartphone Display Audio' infotainment set-up that's compatible with the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring systems. There's plenty of the latest camera-driven safety stuff as standard too, including Lane Departure Warning and a 'Forward Collision Mitigation' autonomous braking system that uses radar technology to detect a risk of collision. Seven airbags, dusk and rain sensors and automatic operation of the headlamps' dipped beam come as standard too.

Cost of Ownership

Thanks to Mitsubishi's new engine technology, an Eclipse Cross costs barely any more to run than a 1.6-litre petrol version of the brand's smaller first generation ASX SUV model. To be specific, we're talking 42.8mpg and 151g/km of CO2 for the base 2WD manual petrol model, those figures changing to 42.2mpg and 154g/km if you choose the auto gearbox. Choose the top 4WD auto variant and the figures are 40.4mpg and 159g/km. There's a decent five year warranty, pre-paid servicing packs are available and residual values should be strong. As you'd expect in this day and age, there's a 12-year anti-perforation warranty. And three years of pan-European roadside assistance and homestart are included in the price.

Summary

The Eclipse Cross won't trouble premium-brand SUVs in this class but it's an interesting alternative to the volume-maker contenders in the sector. Stylish looks, strong levels of equipment, state-of-the-art safety provision and a long warranty will make this Crossover stand out in the showrooms - to the point where only those who need involving driving dynamics and a huge boot will dismiss it out of hand. In short, there's a lot of potential here. In the Qashqai-class, not everyone wants a Qashqai. Widen your shopping brief and include this contender; it'll represent an interesting alternative to the segment benchmark.

  • Variable intermittent front wash/wipe
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Side and rear window privacy glass
  • Sound proof windscreen
  • Rear windscreen wiper with washer

  • Brake auto hold
  • Forward collision mitigation system
  • Active city braking
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • Brake assist function
  • Active stability and traction control
  • Ventilated front disc brakes
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

  • Needle punch floor carpet

  • Smartphone tray
  • Apple car play
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth hands free, audio music streaming with voice control

  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Blind spot warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Lane change assistant
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Power Steering
  • Lane departure warning system

  • Automatic start/stop system
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Touch pad controller for infotainment system
  • SDA infotainment system

  • Smartphone link audio display
  • LCD multi information colour display
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Head up Display
  • Trip computer
  • Tachometer

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electric heated folding door mirrors

  • Gloss black dashboard

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Front twin USB port
  • Rockford Fosgate premium audio with 9 speakers

  • Silver front grille with chrome accent
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Black door sashes
  • Power panoramic glass sunroof
  • Black wheel arch garnishes
  • Rear skid plate - silver
  • Gloss black front bumper centre
  • Silver side sill garnish
  • Silver door garnish
  • Front skid plate - silver
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Chrome tailgate handle
  • Colour keyed rear spoiler
  • Colour keyed door mirrors/handles
  • Black roof rails

  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlamps with auto levelling
  • Auto high beam
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • Rear high-mounted stop lamp

  • Dual zone climate control

  • Cargo room underfloor compartment
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Centre rear armrest
  • Floor console box with lid
  • Front centre armrest
  • Retractable luggage cover
  • Glovebox
  • Front door pocket bottle holders
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Coathanger (1)
  • Retractable assist grips (4)
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Black leather gear lever knob
  • Drivers footrest
  • Illuminated front cupholders
  • 12V power socket in rear
  • Leather door trim inserts
  • Tonneau cover with under floor storage
  • Leather upholstery with orange stitching

  • LED interior illumination - door inner handle, door grip and door pocket in front
  • LED Interior illuminated drink holder
  • LED illuminated smartphone tray
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Front door courtesy lamps
  • Map reading lamp
  • Front and rear interior lamps

  • Reinforced Impact safety evolution (RISE) body safety system
  • Seatbelt warning lamp
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Front seatbelt pretensioner
  • Front, side, curtain and knee airbags
  • 2x 2nd row ISOFIX child seat mountings
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch

  • Slide and recline adjustable rear seats
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • 4 way electrically adjustable drivers seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Steering lock
  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Deadlocks
  • Keyless entry and start operation system

  • Front sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • 18" black/silver alloy wheels

  • Tyre inflation kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 175
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 245
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 245
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 245
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 196

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.8
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 33.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 39.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Exceed
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 62500
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 78
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 71
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 163
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5
  • Engine Power - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2400
  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.4
  • Top Speed: 124

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R18
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1685
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4405
  • Width: 1805
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1560
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2150
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Loading Weight: 590

  • Metallic paint: £565
  • Pearlescent paint: £645
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £815

  • Metallic - Bronze: £565
  • Metallic - Atlantic Grey: £565
  • Metallic - Sterling silver: £565

  • Pearl - Amethyst black: £645
  • Pearl - Lightning blue: £645
  • Pearl - White: £645

  • Solid - Frost white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Red diamond: £815

  • Leather - Black with orange stitching: £0

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