The Eclipse Cross has a higher starting price than most rivals, but even basic models get automatic air conditioning, a reversing camera, all-round electric windows, a 7.0in infotainment system with DAB radio and smartphone connectivity, plus auto lights and wipers.
Crucially, all versions get a raft of safety kit including automatic emergency braking, seven airbags and a lane departure warning system. That should help reduce insurance costs and it has helped the Eclipse Cross gain an impressive five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.
Where the Eclipse Cross is less impressive is running costs. The 1.5-litre engine may be punchy, but the two-wheel-drive manual version emits 151g/km of CO2, while the four-wheel-drive auto model bumps this up to 159g/km. Official fuel economy figures suggest you’ll be lucky to get 40mpg in real-world use.
Those figures may be fine for a low-mileage private buyer, but fuel costs will mount if you do a lot of miles per year. The CO2 emissions also mean benefit-in-kind payments for business users are likely to be on the high side.
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