What's the used Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross hatchback like?
You’ve got to have the look to stand out in a crowded place. Take the family SUV sector, for example. It seems every single car manufacturer has something to offer here, so in order to make any headway, you need to be a little bit bolder. And perhaps that's why the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross looks the way it does.
However, distinctive looks are not enough to sway us at What Car?. We look behind the superficial stuff to make sure you’re buying the best car for your money. We’ve already given our nod to cars such as the Peugeot 3008, Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq, but how does the Eclipse Cross stack up against this competition?
On the engine front: not brilliantly. There’s only one engine at the moment, whereas many of the this car’s rivals at least give you the choice of petrol or diesel. However, the turbocharged 161bhp 1.5-litre petrol unit in the Eclipse Cross does at least make it quite nippy. The accelerator pedal response is rather sharp, mind you, making it tricky to perform a smooth pull-away, while the engine can be quite rowdy when accelerating.
To drive, the Eclipse Cross feels every bit a tall SUV. Body lean is pronounced in corners, and the vague, slow steering offers little confidence or feel of what the front wheels are doing. It is, at the very least, nice and light when parking.
The Eclipse Cross's interior is one of Mitsubishi's best in years. However, while it will stand up well to lots of use, it still features plenty of hard, scratchy plastics that don’t look particularly nice. The infotainment system is an improvement. Because the touchscreen is positioned quite far away from the driver, a touchpad has been provided on the centre console to control it. Unfortunately, unless you’re a patient person, you’ll probably just revert back to interacting with the screen instead, because the pad is too sensitive.