Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The Eclipse Cross ES Sports Edition (long name...) costs $30,990 (before on-road costs) and is essentially a limited-edition trim-pack for the base-model ES, which is $1000 cheaper.
As mentioned, the Eclipse Cross is a fair bit larger than true small SUVs like the Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V. It’s more on par with the Nissan Qashqai or Jeep Compass, or maybe at a stretch the Kia Sportage.
Factoring in price pits it against the $28,990 Nissan Qashqai ST, $30,750 Jeep Compass Sport or the $29,990 Kia Sportage Si.
Standard across the range are 18-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs, leather-wrapped shift lever and steering wheel, a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen supporting DAB+ as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, single-zone climate control, auto halogen headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and a reversing camera.
The Sports Edition simply adds gloss-black plastic finish on the grille and wing-mirrors, as well as carbon-look plastic side skirts with a red pinstripe along the bottom of the doors. Given you don’t get any extra functional features or even unique alloy wheels it’s hard to see why you should pick this over the base model. Save yourself the $1000.
The Sport Edition misses out on heated wing mirrors, forward and reverse parking sensors, dimming rear-view mirror and a head-up display from higher models, but perhaps the most budget feature is the key.
Look at the thing. It doesn’t even fold up. It has to be the worst key I’ve ever received on a new car this side of 2011. The few competitors that don’t offer a 'smart key' with push-start at least have the sense to give you a half-way decent folding fob.
Even so, with the standard inclusions, $30,990 makes the ES Sport Edition a solid value proposition amongst its SUV peers.
I’d argue the next grade up, the LS, is the Eclipse Cross to get as at just $2000 more it adds lane departure warning, push-start and replaces the clumsy conventional handbrake with an electronic one.