The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is an eye-catching family SUV with plenty of standard kit and some fairly spacious back seats but alternatives do feel much posher inside
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is an eye-catching SUV that’s worth a look if you’re after a spacious and well-equipped family car.
All models get a seven-inch touchscreen as standard, as well as Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android phones. The fact you can stream your phone’s satellite navigation app to the Eclipse Cross’ screen helps make up for the fact you can’t get built-in satellite navigation at all.
Thankfully, you do get lots of soft-touch plastics, glossy inserts and some upmarket metal-effect trims on the dashboard and doors. There’s plenty of adjustment for the driver’s seat and steering wheel too, so you’ll have no trouble getting comfortable.
Unfortunately, the Mitsubishi’s ointment isn’t completely fly-free – you can’t get adjustable lumbar support to reduce backache on long drives and its boot is quite a bit smaller than in a SEAT Ateca or Peugeot 3008. There’s room for a baby buggy but you’ll have a bit more difficulty squeezing in some bulky suitcases. Fold the back seats down and there’s enough space for a bike, but there’s a large step in the floor that makes loading heavy items difficult.
Fortunately, what it lacks in boot space the Eclipse Cross makes up for in rear-seat leg room. Slide the movable seat bench backwards and there’s more than enough space for a six-foot-tall passenger to sit behind an equally tall driver. Headroom is reasonably generous too, and there’s enough shoulder space for three adults to sit side-by-side – for short journeys at least.
The Eclipse is a significant step forward for Mitsubishi but it's still not quite as well rounded as some more upmarket alternatives
Your passengers won’t have much to complain about on the move – the Eclipse Cross soaks up most small ruts and potholes reasonably well and doesn’t lean much in tight corners. It’s not as sporty as an Ateca or as comfy as a Qashqai but it’s reasonably quiet on the move – providing you avoid the optional CVT automatic gearbox that makes the engine rev loudly when you accelerate.
Its split rear windscreen and thick rear pillars behind the back doors mean it’s not quite as easy to park as those cars, however. Thankfully, the controls are nicely weighted so manoeuvring through tight city streets won’t feel like a workout and you get cruise control as standard to make long drives a bit more relaxing.
You can also rest easy knowing the Eclipse Cross earned an impressive five-star safety rating in the strict 2017 Euro NCAP crash tests. This makes it one of the safest family SUVs on sale and well worth a look if you’re after something a bit different that’s still easy to live with every day.