We’ve always found Mitsubishi interiors looked and felt rather cheap, even though they were solidly screwed together. For the Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi has chucked away the vast majority of the old switches and stalks and started using much nicer plastics.
From the tops of the doors to the dashboard itself, there’s a vast amount of squishy plastic, while elsewhere there is attractive piano-black trim, metal-effect inserts and controls that feel a lot heftier. Yes, there are cheaper plastics, but they aren’t in areas you’ll touch regularly. Apart from a few oddly positioned controls, it looks and feels at least as good as the majority of mainstream rivals.
We also found there to be plenty of adjustment for the driver’s seat and steering wheel, so getting comfortable is easy. Our only complaint is that lumbar support isn’t available – not even as an option. Front visibility is good, although looking through the split-level rear window takes some getting used to. At least a rear-view camera is standard on all models. The rising bodyline does limit over-the-shoulder visibility a bit, but blindspot monitoring is an option.
Mitsubishi’s previous infotainment system also had a date with the bin and has been replaced by a 7.0in touchscreen that sits on the top of the dash, BMW-style. There is also a touchpad controller between the front seats that is actually pretty easy to use and which we found preferable to stabbing at the screen on the move.
We did find the screen resolution a little on the fuzzy side and the menus aren’t the most intuitive. It’s also worth mentioning that while a DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are all standard, a built-in sat-nav is not available. While Mitsubishi rightly says that any smartphone user will have access to navigation, this won’t work if you’re out of signal unless you’ve downloaded the maps.