Behind the wheel
Driving position, visibility, build quality
All three cars get an electrically adjustable driver’s seat as standard, as well as manual reach and rake steering wheel adjustment. Some might find the Eclipse Cross’s seat a little high in relation to its wheel, though, and it’s a pity adjustable lumbar support isn’t even available as an option. In both the Qashqai and Karoq, the seats and steering wheels are better placed, and each gets adjustable lumbar support as standard.
While the Eclipse Cross’s slightly higher driving position, thin windscreen pillars and wide, tall front windows afford you a decent view of the road ahead, its quirky styling means the rear screen is, in effect, cut in half. Together with its thicker rear pillars, this makes over-the-shoulder visibility the worst here. Both the Qashqai and Karoq have much more uniform shapes front and back and are far easier to see out of. That said, all three cars have powerful LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera (the Qashqai’s giving a 360deg bird’s eye view).
While the Eclipse Cross is easily Mitsubishi’s best effort to date in terms of interior quality, it still fails to shine here. Everything around you is sturdily constructed, with not a squeak or rattle to be heard. Yet the plastics used aren’t consistently high in quality and those within easy reach aren’t as soft as you might like. The Qashqai is better inside, but not dramatically so. Its plastics feel of a higher grade, helping to make it a more pleasant place to spend time, but some scratchy materials disappoint further down in the interior.
The Karoq, in range-topping Edition form, manages to balance solid construction with a genuine feeling of quality. The plastics are soft and dense where they need to be and its switches are all pleasingly well damped.
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