New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs Nissan Qashqai vs Skoda Karoq

Mitsubishi is taking aim at the family SUV class with its new Eclipse Cross. Let’s see if it can score a bullseye when it’s up against the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq

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The once-great Nissan Qashqai finishes last, then. It led the β€˜crossover’ movement back in 2007 but is feeling old in this company and is overpriced in this range-topping form. Yes, it’s well equipped, fairly spacious and decent enough to drive, but it fails to excel in any department and so isn’t good enough to stand out in this increasingly competitive class.

Indeed, the Qashqai has been outshone by the new Eclipse Cross, which not only matches it for standard equipment but also dramatically undercuts it on price. It is also cheaper to own, has more rear space, more flexible rear seats and should prove the most reliable. It’s just a shame it’s so disappointing to drive.

That leaves the Skoda Karoq to win this matchup at a canter. It’s great to drive, has the best infotainment system and the classiest interior. It’s also impressively practical and not far off the Eclipse Cross for ownership costs.

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1st – Skoda Karoq

For Tidy handling; biggest boot; lowest CO2 emissions; classiest interior

Against Suspension noise; small discounts; firm ride on standard 19in wheels

Recommended options None

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

For Loads of kit; clever rear seats; well priced; impressive Euro NCAP score

Against Unpredictable handling; unsettled low-speed ride; poor infotainment system

Recommended options None

Rated 3 out of 5

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3rd – Nissan Qashqai

For Big discounts; lots of standard equipment

Against Poor reliability record; so-so infotainment; way too pricey; annoying high-speed ride

Recommended options None

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5 4

Engine size 4cyl, 1499cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£24,975

Target Price Β£24,365

Power 161bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 184Ib ft @ 1800-4500rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 8.6sec

Top speed 127mph

Gov't fuel economy 42.8mpg

CO2 emissions 151g/km

Specifications: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 DIG-T 163 Tekna+

Engine size 4cyl, 1618cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£29,250

Target Price Β£25,861

Power 161bhp @ 5600rpm

Torque 177Ib ft @ 2000-4000rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 9.0sec

Top speed 124mph

Gov't fuel economy 48.7mpg

CO2 emissions 134g/km

Specifications: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 Edition

Engine size 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£27,110

Target Price Β£27,003

Power 148bhp @ 5000-6000rpm

Torque 184Ib ft @ 1500-3500rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 9.2sec

Top speed 126mph

Gov't fuel economy 51.4mpg

CO2 emissions 125g/km

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