The Eclipse Cross is good of example of why you should not base some things on 1st impressions because if I had of done that with this review it would have been a totally different review.
To say I wasn’t exactly excited by it’s looks when I first saw it would be an understatement, I mean while I do like the front end and wasn’t exactly enamoured by the rear end treatment but by after a day or two it started to grow on me and by the end of the week when I had to give it back to Mitsubishi I had discovered a new love for it.
While it looked a little ungainly at first once I’d taken a closer look at the lines and curves I did start to appreciate them and ended up liking more than some of it’s stable mates.
Step inside and my first impressions were the dead opposite to my impressions of the outside, Interior has an airey feel to it which gives you the impression there’s more room then there is which I really liked.
The cabin has a premium feel to it and the fit and seemed to be rather good as the well.
The leather seats are comfortable and supportive but would have been perfect if they were a fraction longer in the base and a fraction wider.
The leather steering wheel is comfortable to hold and buttons for the adaptive cruise, phone and media system. The instrument panel is well set out and easy to read in any light.
Being the exceed model it comes with a HUD which rises from a little trap door on top of the dash which I really did like a lot, my only complaint I feel it doesn’t quite have enough adjustment.
The centre stack is dominated by the 8inch floating touch screen, which seems to suit the interior nicely but I’m not a fan of the whole floating screen design queue a lot of manufacturers are using these days.
The system itself rather nicely and is very easy to use with Bluetooth connectivity and android auto and apple car it’s very easy to connect your phone up to it, the sound from audio system is pretty good as well.
One niffy thing I found is the little touch pad on the console which allows to use the system without touching the screen.
There is plenty of head and leg room in the front, leg room is good in the back seat and while I didn’t have any complaints about head room during the week the slightly sloping roof line might prove an issue to taller passengers.
Boot space is not what you call massive at 341L but it will fit a weekly shop and it does expand if you put the back seats down for larger items.
Under the bonnet Eclipse Cross is powered by a 1.5L 110kW 250nM turbo 4cyl engine, while I found it quite adequate to drive around and had no issue getting up to speed on the freeway.
I did find the engine though rather willing although I do think it with an extra 30 or 40 kW of power it would be different car more fun to drive and have extra needed for overtaking. Certainly can’t match something like the Hyundai Kona for power which is a shame.
Please Mitsubishi whack a GSR badge on it stick a proper auto or DCT in it and bump the power up to at least 150kW and I’d really consider buying one.
The biggest issue for me is the CVT transmission backing the wonderful turbo engine, while it does function nicely driving around, at times its like most other CVT’s I’ve driven feels like there is a flat spot as it tries to much ratios with the engine revs. It does come with an 8 step sports mode but again like most other CVTs I’ve driven they feel artificial. But that’s my personal opinion and other people may not notice it like I do.
On road a found the Eclipse Cross was comfortable to ride in and I actually didn’t mind spending the week driving it back and forwards to work. There is a bit of lean going into corners and the steering could be a touch more on the sharp side for my liking but overall I found the ride rather compliant and it seemed to ride the bumps rather well.
Safety wise the Eclipse Cross Exceed has received a 5 Star ANCAP and comes with full suite of safety features including. Driver & front passenger SRS airbags, Driver & front passenger side SRS airbags, Curtain SRS airbags, Driver knee airbag, Multi Around Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control. Emergency Stop Signal Function (ESS), Automatic High Beam, Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System, Blind Spot Warning System, Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Emergency Brake Assist System (EBA).
It gets full points for the front and reverse parking sensors and gets bonus points for the standard fit reverse camera.
So after a week I came away rather impressed with the Eclipse Cross, there was plenty of room for the family it was packed full of safety features and despite my dislike for CVT’s didn’t drive to bad at all but poor importantly was a pretty damn comfortable car to drive and ride in to work for the week. My wife doesn’t drive every press car I get but she drove the Eclipse Cross and really liked it as well.
There were a couple of downsides for me the CVT does a decent job but I think just doesn’t offer the sort of drive I like and while I did like the 1.5L turbo engine it felt 30 or 40kW short for my liking although it’s only a couple of kW short of say a Hyundai Tucson but that does come with an excellent 7 speed DCT and it has a diesel option the Eclipse Cross doesn’t have.
All in all though the Eclipse Cross does stack up extremely well on the equipment list side of thing is jammed full of safety features and is rather comfortable to drive. So really if your requirements are the abovementional long equipment and safety features list then really you should be taking an Eclipse Cross for a test drive.
For more info on the Eclipse Cross and the rest of Mitsubishi’s range check out their website http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au
MY18 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Exceed 2WD
Price: From $38,490 drive away
Engine: 1.5L turbo charged 4 cylinder 110kW 250Nm.
Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Sports Mode (8 step)
18 Alloys, Rear spoiler with LED high mount stop lamp, LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL), LED headlamps with auto leveling function, Automatic High Beam, Automatic dusk sensing headlamps, One touch start system, Automatic rain sensing wipers, Electric Park Brake.
7 airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assist, Multi Around Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front parking sensors, Reverse parking sensors, Reverse camera.
Climate control dual zone air conditioning, Leather bound steering wheel, Leather bound gearshift, Leather seat facings, Power driver seat, Slide and recline adjustment, Driver height adjustment, Heated seats, Rear air conditioning ducts, Rear seat heater ducts.