Mitsubishi’s somewhat funky small Eclipse Cross SUV far better in its second generation series.
Driving Mitsubishi’s latest small Eclipse Cross SUV – now 140 mm longer overall on the same wheelbase in six models, four front drive and two all-wheel drive all powered by a 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder engine linked to a continuously variable automatic . Drive-away pricing running from $30,490 for the entry ES 2WD Eclipse Cross up to $43,990 for the all-wheel drive Exceed as tested. All Eclipse models get a new touchscreen and infotainment system and like most top-spec small SUV’s today featuring a swag of safety and driver assist technologies. Seven airbags are fitted while children in the second row are catered for with ISOFIX mountings on the two outer seats and top-tether anchor points across all three seat positions.
However, disappointingly, no fresh air vents are provided for the second row. Performance is adequate but not exceptional especially in the 65kilo heavier AWD Exceed, the CVT automatic one of the better ones I’ve tested, while ride, handling, noise insulation and steering response above average. Fuel economy on the city country cycle on 91 RON unleaded fuel is quoted at 7.7 L/100, however my best was 9.1 with mainly city driving. Unlike Mitsubishi’s other more conventional small SUV, the ASX, our best selling small SUV, the Eclipse Cross with is coupe like style is less mainstream and a little more individual.
I’m David Berthon.
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