Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 'Lights On' warning buzzer
  • Automatic start/stop system
  • Cruise control
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Head up Display
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Multi-information display
  • PAS
  • Reversing camera
  • Smartphone cradle
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limiter
  • Touch pad controller for infotainment system
  • Trip computer
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • 2x USB sockets in front
  • 6 speakers
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel audio controls

Exterior Features

  • Auto high beam
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Black roof rails
  • Chrome tailgate handle
  • Colour keyed door handles
  • Colour keyed door mirrors
  • Colour keyed rear spoiler
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electric front and rear windows with anti-trap and driver's one touch operation
  • Front fog lamps
  • Front skid plate - silver
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear skid plate - silver
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Side sills in Silver
  • Silver front grille with chrome accent
  • Variable intermittent front wash/wipe
  • Wheel arch trims

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in rear
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Centre rear armrest
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Coathanger (1)
  • Console stowage box
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
  • Drivers footrest
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Fabric door trim
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Front accessory power socket
  • Front adjustable slide and recline seats
  • Front and rear interior lamps
  • Front map reading lights
  • Glovebox
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable rear head restraints
  • Illuminated cup holders
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation in 2nd row
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • LED interior illumination
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Needle punch carpet
  • Retractable luggage cover
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Active city braking
  • Active stability and traction control
  • Auto hold function
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Emergency stop signal system
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seatbelt pretensioner
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Reinforced Impact safety evolution (RISE) body safety system
  • Seatbelt warning lamp
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Ventilated front disc brakes

Security

  • Central door locking
  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Steering lock
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm

Trim

  • Gloss black dashboard
  • Silver stitching

Wheels

  • 18" black/silver alloy wheels
  • Tyre inflation kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

154

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1499

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

75

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

84.8

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

1 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

42.2

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

47.1

EC Urban (mpg)

35.3

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

163

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

3

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

12500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

62500

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

5

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.3

Engine Power - BHP

163

Engine Power - KW

120

Engine Power - RPM

4500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

184

Engine Torque - MKG

25.5

Engine Torque - NM

250

Engine Torque - RPM

1800

Top Speed

127

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/55 R18

Tyre Size Rear

225/55 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1685

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4405

Wheelbase

2670

Width

1805

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

63

Gross Vehicle Weight

2150

Max. Loading Weight

660

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1600

Minimum Kerbweight

1490

No. of Seats

5

On The Road

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

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.

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.