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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2021 review: Aspire 2WD

Keeping in character with others in the category, the Eclipse Cross looks very 2021

Somewhere between a small SUV and a mid-size SUV sits the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. It’s a family car contender thanks to the extra space it has over small SUVs, and competes with cars like the Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos and the Nissan Qashqai, all of which offer good space for their size.

This is the Eclipse Cross Aspire which is in the middle of the range and costs $34,990, before on road costs. I drove it for seven days at the busiest time of year - the week before Christmas - to see how it works with a family over this time, for this week’s family review.

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✅ What does it look like?

The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi, because it’s competing in an area with cars that are also not very traditional in design. This Mitsubishi feels very 2021 with crazy shaped headlight detail and an angular rear end. 

  • The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi. The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi.
  • The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi. The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi.
  • The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi. The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi.
  • The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi. The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi.
  • This Mitsubishi feels very 2021 with crazy shaped headlight detail. This Mitsubishi feels very 2021 with crazy shaped headlight detail.
  • The Eclipse Cross has dusk sensing headlights and auto high beam. The Eclipse Cross has dusk sensing headlights and auto high beam.
  • The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi. The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi.
  • The Eclipse Cross Aspire has 18 inch alloy wheels. The Eclipse Cross Aspire has 18 inch alloy wheels.
  • The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi. The Eclipse Cross is fairly out there looking for a Mitsubishi.

The interior looks pretty good for a car in this price bracket but do keep your expectations realistic as you’ll still get mostly man-made materials on the dash and doors, but the seats in this Aspire model are finished in a micro suede and leather which look lovely and feel even better when sitting for long journeys. 

The centre console is nicely designed with some high-gloss areas. The centre console is nicely designed with some high-gloss areas.

The centre console is nicely designed with some high-gloss areas and everything is neatly laid out. 

✅ How spacious is it?

For me this is a small to mid-sze car so it’s bigger than other small SUVs, with enough leg and headroom in the front, and you’re not rubbing shoulders with the front passenger either. 

The back seat is comfy with enough room for my two children, aged six and eight. I can also fit easily back there at 161cm (5'3") and have a decent amount of room between my knees and the seat in front of me, so taller teenagers should be able to fit, too. 

The back seat is comfy with enough room for my two kids. The back seat is comfy with enough room for my two kids.

The great thing about an Eclipse Cross is the decent boot space. So, on paper the boot is 405L but in reality it actually fits a lot more than you would think, and I managed to get all my Christmas shopping in.

  • The great thing about an Eclipse Cross is the decent boot space. The great thing about an Eclipse Cross is the decent boot space.
  • The great thing about an Eclipse Cross is the decent boot space. The great thing about an Eclipse Cross is the decent boot space.
  • The great thing about an Eclipse Cross is the decent boot space. The great thing about an Eclipse Cross is the decent boot space.

You’ll fit a pram in, or grocery bags and school bags, and I felt like this was enough for every day family use. If you’re going away for a long road trip you will probably want more space, though. 

✅ How easy is it to use every day?

The driver's seat is power adjustable which is great for a car in this category. 

The driver's seat is power adjustable. The driver's seat is power adjustable.

For storage, there are two cupholders in the front, a spot for keys and a phone, plus bottle holders in each door. 

Rear passengers get two cupholders in the centre armrest which some small SUVs don’t have, but there are no directional air vents and my children miss that air on skin when it’s 40 degrees. 

✅ What’s the tech like?

The centre console sports an 8.0-inch multimedia screen which is a similar size to others in the category. You’ll get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which means you never have to touch your phone while driving again, all your navigation, music and phone calls are controlled on the touchscreen.

That said, the sound through the speakers is not great, but you can still turn the music up as long as it’s not too loud. 

✅ How does it drive?

Driving is good enough in the Eclipse Cross Aspire but it’s not an amazing driving experience. Still, it drives along smoothly with a steering wheel that turns easily and it gets you around suburbia perfectly fine. But it’s nothing you’re going to chat to your friends about. 

All Eclipse Cross models have a 1.5L turbo engine and it was fine to get up hills. It did surprise me when I drove it along a busy Christmas highway on the day everyone was trying to get out of Sydney - it was actually really good to overtake and I felt confident on the road. 

Driving is good enough in the Eclipse Cross Aspire but it’s not an amazing driving experience. Driving is good enough in the Eclipse Cross Aspire but it’s not an amazing driving experience.

This one is a 2WD, though there is an AWD option a few models up in the range if that’s what you’re after.

Fuel consumption is a claimed 7.3L/100km and I did an average of 7.6/100km with combined city and highway driving. 

All Eclipse Cross models have a 1.5L turbo engine. All Eclipse Cross models have a 1.5L turbo engine.

There’s a small-ish turning circle on the Eclipse Cross and it’s a good size to be able to get into most parking spots. The reverse parking camera isn’t super high-res but there is a 360-degree view display which is great in this price bracket. 

✅ How safe is it?

For safety on this Aspire model you’ll get auto emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), rear cross traffic alert (which is my favourite piece of advanced safety equipment), blind spot warning and lane change assist warnings, amongst other things.

There are also airbags to cover the driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags that extend to the back row. You’ll get two ISOFIX points and three top tether points to fit kid’s car seats in safely. 

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross scored a maximum five-star ANCAP rating when it was assessed in 2017.

✅ How much does it cost to own?

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire sits in the middle of the range and costs $34,990, before on-road costs and extras.

Fuel consumption is a claimed 7.3L/100km on the combined (urban, extra-urban) cycle and I did an average of 7.6L/100km doing exactly that mix of city and highway driving. 

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire sits in the middle of the range and costs $34,990. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire sits in the middle of the range and costs $34,990.

It’s covered by Mitsubishi’s five year/100,000 km warranty which can also be extended to an 10 years/200,000km warranty if you get it serviced through the authorised Mitsubishi Motors dealer network. 


The Wrap

The Eclipse Cross is a good value small to mid-size SUV with enough interior room and boot space, making it a great family car contender. It drives well enough, though it’s not going to blow you away with its skills, it does the job and looks stylish while doing it. 

I gave it a family rating of 7.3 out of 10 and the kids gave it the same, they love this colour blue. 

Likes

Exterior design
Advanced safety
Good interior and boot space

Dislikes

Ordinary driving experience
Mediocre audio
No adjustable rear air vents

Scores

Nedahl:

3.7

The Kids:

3.7

$34,990

Based on new car retail price

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