I took the brand new Mitsubishi for a spin over a weekend and it did not disappoint. Firstly, it’s a great looking vehicle, the style is eye-catching and it was certainly turning heads on the roads. The 1.5 turbo petrol SUV comes in an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual and with the option of four-wheel drive available too, it seems there is an Eclipse Cross for everyone. I chose the manual and noticed immediately that it was beautifully quiet, I even had people asking if it was electric.
I was impressed with the technology available, a fairly priced vehicle with lots of luxurious extras. Keyless entry, auto stop and go, heated seats and even an Eco-Drive setting making getting from A to B extremely smooth. When settling in to the vehicle, I linked my phone via Apple CarPlay (Android Auto available too) and was able to use the touch pad by the hand brake to control the touchscreen. It was easy to use and meant not leaning across the car to change the music etc. The voice recognition allows you to navigate, make calls and much more without having to take your eyes off the road. The Heads Up display also lets you view important driving information such as speed and cruise control all within your driving eye-line.
Its long wheelbase makes it more spacious inside than its rivals and if you don’t need the extra leg room in the back, your boot can be extended in size by the sliding rear seats. One downfall was the limited vision when looking in the rear windscreen due to it being split horizontally by a rear spoiler. Although it looks great from the outside, it’s not very practical, but at least there is a reversing camera and parking sensors.
And how did it drive? Overall, incredibly smooth with little vibration but it does feel heavier than its rivals when changing direction. No complaints otherwise regarding the steering. It’s luxurious, looks great and offers an awful lot for your money. A great competitor in the SUV market. I recommend taking one for a test-drive and seeing for yourself!