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heycar review

      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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A smart and rugged SUV

Best bits

  • Four-wheel drive models are rugged
  • Quiet on the motorway
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard

Not so great

  • The interior isn’t as spacious as in rivals
  • You only get one engine to choose from
  • CVT automatic gearbox dulls performance

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Overall verdict

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Driving

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a reasonably stylish SUV with a rugged edge that helps it stand out from numerous rivals that include cars such as the Skoda Karoq, Volkswagen Tiguan, SEAT Ateca, Peugeot 3008 and Toyota CH-R. "

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The competition’s tough and one of the things that helps the Eclipse Cross stand out is its rugged nature. Fitted with the optional four-wheel-drive system, it’ll keep going when softer SUVs give up.


You’re more likely to care about how the Mitsubishi drives on-road, though, and in that respect, the news isn’t so positive. Sure, its 163PS 1.5-litre petrol engine is spritely enough, but it’s relatively expensive to run and doesn’t feel all that quick if you opt for Mitsubishi’s CVT automatic gearbox.


That said, the Eclipse Cross is a fine cruiser.  All models get cruise control which takes the strain out of long drives on the motorway, the cabin is quiet and you get plenty of safety features fitted as standard. High-end models are even better because they get active cruise control and an acoustic windscreen that cuts down on wind noise even further.


In corners, the Eclipse Cross doesn’t have the agility of its rivals, there’s noticeable lean and it’s light steering doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in bends. 


You’ll be happy for it in town though, where it makes the Eclipse easier to manoeuvre at low speeds. All models also get a reversing camera which makes backing into parking spaces easy. 


Mind you, it’s worth going for the Dynamic model which adds front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and keyless entry – very handy if you’re a parent with their hands full.


In which case, practicality is likely to be a top priority for you. The Mitsubishi is a bit of a mixed bag on this front, sure it has loads of space up front, a versatile back seat and loads of interior storage, but it’s let down by its boot. Its capacity is average at best and with the rear seats slid back as far they’ll go, it’s smaller than you’ll find in most family hatchbacks.


Somewhere else the Eclipse Cross falls short on is its interior design. It looks okay, but it lacks the panache you’ll find in the Peugeot 3008 or the consistently solid build quality offered by the Skoda Karoq. Both those cars also have larger and clearer infotainment screens, although the Mitsubishi does at least come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. 


So where does that leave us? Well, the Mitsubishi has its work cut out against a long list of accomplished rivals, but its sophisticated four-wheel-drive system means it is worth considering if you’re looking for a family SUV with genuine off-road credentials.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

1.5 Exceed 5dr CVT 4WD

  • 2020
  • 5,000 miles
  • Mitsubishi Hemel Hempstead
  • Hertfordshire, HP27AZ
Price:£23,995
PCP: £383.34/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £383.34, Customer Deposit: £3,599.00, Total Deposit: £3,599.25, Optional Final Payment: £10,063.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,084.15, Total Amount Payable: £27,079.15, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.69%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

1.5 3 5dr CVT

  • 2019
  • 9,293 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Mitsubishi Hanley
  • Staffordshire, ST16AL
Price:£16,000
PCP: £261.09/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £261.09, Customer Deposit: £2,400.00, Total Deposit: £2,400.00, Optional Final Payment: £7,286.81, Total Charge For Credit: £3,086.05, Total Amount Payable: £19,086.05, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.1%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross right for you?

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the car for you if you want an SUV that’s easy to drive every day, doesn’t cost a fortune to run, yet can roll up its sleeves and deal with serious off-roading if it has to.


That said, it’s far less utilitarian than Mitsubishi Shogun Sport. Inside, the cabin looks reasonably stylish, a sensibly specified infotainment system comes as standard and your passengers get a reasonable amount of space. Only the small boot lets the side down.


It’s not so much that the Eclipse Cross isn’t a good car, but it’s weaknesses are readily exposed by the quality of the competition it is up against. 

What's the best Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross model/engine to choose?

The Mitsubishi’s Dynamic trim level is the one we’d go for. It’s front and rear parking sensors make it even easier to park than the standard car, its wing mirrors fold away when it’s parked and you also get luxuries such as dual-zone climate control and keyless entry. 


Choosing an engine is easy – there’s only one, a 163hp 1.5-litre petrol that is reasonably smooth and quiet but, relatively speaking, not that great on fuel. If you’re only going to drive on-road, we’d stick with a manual model with two-wheel drive. Need extra grip? Then you’ll want the four-wheel-drive version that comes with an automatic gearbox as standard. 

What other cars are similar to the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

There are many. One of the Mitubishi’s biggest problems is that it’s up against numerous rivals. 


The Skoda Karoq feels better built inside and has noticeably more interior space. On the other hand, the Peugeot 3008 is truly desirable with smart looks and a space-age interior. Want a sporty drive? Then you’ll be best served by the SEAT Ateca. Need excellent in-town fuel economy? Then have a look at the hybrid version of Toyota’s C-HR


Amongst this almost never-ending list of competitors, the Mitsubishi carves a niche for itself as an off-roader worthy of the name.

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On the inside

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Driving

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross dashboard

How much does it cost to run

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear interior

Prices, versions and specification