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Nissan Qashqai


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Summary

Nissan Qashqai

It’s lucky cars aren’t as bad as the names they’re given because the Qashqai would be a shocker. Fortunately, the Qashqai is a good small SUV and this latest update has made it even better... and safer.

So, what’s so new about the 2020 Qashqai? What’s good about it and what could still be improved. Finally, there’s something else you should know, and it might make you want to wait longer before you do buy a Qashqai.

Safety rating
Engine Type2.0L
Fuel TypeRegular Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency6.9L/100km
Seating5 seats

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was facelifted and updated for 2021, with a revised look and new tech available across the model range. 

And for 2022 the brand has introduced a high-tech new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) electrified version, giving it an interesting selling point against some of its small SUV rivals.

The Eclipse Cross, however, is hardly the best-known small SUV nameplate for Mitsubishi – that honour clearly goes to the ASX, which still sells in huge numbers despite having been on sale in its current generation guise for more than a decade.

The Eclipse Cross, on the other hand, launched in Australia in 2018, and this facelifted model still retains its eye-catching looks, but tones things down a bit in terms of the design. It’s also grown to a length that almost makes it more of a Mazda CX-5 rival than before.

The prices have shot up, too, while the new PHEV model pushes it beyond the “cheap and cheerful” level. So, can the Eclipse Cross justify its positioning? And are there any catches? Let’s find out.

Safety rating
Engine Type1.5L
Fuel TypeRegular Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency7.3L/100km
Seating5 seats

Verdict

Nissan Qashqai7.3/10

The Qashqai is one of Nissan’s best SUVs for the space it offers in such a small package. A good driving experience is short of being great thanks to the CVT auto, and the value could be better.

Now, here’s a spanner in the works for you. A new generation Qashqai isn’t far away, it’s probably about 12 months off and it will have a new look inside and out, have the latest technology, plus we’ll almost certainly see a hybrid version.

If you can hold on, do it, because what’s likely to be an even better Qashqai should be worth the wait. But if you are in market right now, the ST+ is definitely the pick of the bunch. The update has seen it pick up an excellent array of advanced safety equipment.

Note: CarsGuide attended this event as a guest of the manufacturer, with travel and meals provided.


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross7.4/10

For some buyers the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross may have made more sense in pre-facelift guise, when it had its clever sliding second row seat. But since then there have been improvements, including better rearward visibility from the driver’s seat and the inclusion of a forward-thinking future-ready drivetrain.

The changes have helped keep the turbo-petrol Eclipse Cross competitive, though I’d struggle to suggest it’s a better SUV than a number of other really good competitors in this segment. The Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-30, Toyota C-HR, Skoda Karoq and VW T-Roc all come to mind.

With the addition of the PHEV versions of the Eclipse Cross there is a new level of appeal for a certain type of buyer, though we’re not sure how many customers there are out there looking for a small SUV from Mitsubishi that costs fifty grand or more. We'll see how the PHEV stacks up soon.

It’s an easy choice for which is the best version of the Eclipse Cross – it’s the turbo-petrol Aspire 2WD. If you can live without AWD, there’s no reason to consider any other grade, as the Aspire has the most important safety items, and a few luxury inclusions, too.

Design

Nissan Qashqai8/10

Another strength of the Qashqai is its good looks – tough, yet pretty, with a rounded snub nose and muscular rear haunches.

No changes to the styling for this 2020 update inside or out, which is a shame because the cabin is beginning to date with the small screen and dash design. Still the interior is stylish with well laid out controls.

As you’d expect, the Ti’s interior is the plushest, with quilted leather seats and the huge sunroof, but even the entry grade ST with the leather clad steering wheel has a premium feel.

How big is the Qashqai? It’s a big-small SUV in that at 4394mm end-to-end it’s 10cm longer than a Honda HR-V and about 2.0cm longer that a Kia Seltos, but about the same width and height as both at 1806mm across and 1595mm tall.

All Qashqai’s come standard with alloy wheels, so no hubcaps here like you’ll see on the entry-grade Seltos.

Telling each Qashqai grade apart is easy once you know the ST doesn’t have foglights, while the ST+ does but doesn’t get the roof rails you’ll see on the ST-L or its 18-inch alloys. The TI can be spotted in the wild by its big 19-inch rims and the sunroof. See? Easy… sort of.

There are seven colours to choose from including 'Magnetic Red' and 'Pearl Black', but only the 'Vivid Blue' (the colour of my car in the video) is the only no-cost hue. The other premium paint colours are $595.


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross7/10

It’s certainly a different look to its conventionally boxy small SUV counterparts, and stands as a nice counterpoint to the curvy brigade that also fills a few spots in this part of the market.

But does that design come with compromise? Of course, but not as much as it used to with the pre-facelift model.

That’s because the rear end has seen a major change – the blind-spot-inducing strip that ran across the rear glass has been removed, meaning Honda Insight fans will have to, er, buy a Honda Insight instead.

That makes it a better piece of automotive design, because it’s easier to see out of. Plus the new-look rear end is attractive, in a “I’m trying to look like a newer X-Trail” kind of way.

But there are some styling elements that remain questionable, like the choice of identical alloy wheels across all four grades. Surely if you’re an Exceed buyer, paying 25 per cent more than a base model customer, you’d like that to be seen by the Smiths next door? I know I’d prefer a different alloy wheel design, at least for the top spec.

And there are other things. Those headlights – they’re the clusters in the front bumper, not the bits at the top where the headlights usually are. That’s not a new phenomenon, and nor is the fact the brand has LED daytime running lights on all grades. But what’s not great is the fact there are halogen lights for three out of four grades, meaning you’re going to have to spend about $40,000 on the road to get LED front lighting. For context, some rival compact SUVs have LED lighting range wide, and at a lower price.

The ‘regular’ Eclipse Cross can’t really be differentiated from the PHEV model at a quick glance - only the eagle-eyed among us may pick the specific 18-inch wheels fitted to the PHEV versions, while the, ahem, large PHEV badges on the door and boot are also giveaways. The weird joystick gear selector is another giveaway.

Now, calling the Eclipse Cross a small SUV is starting to be a bit of a literal stretch, with this updated model measuring 4545mm long (+140mm) on its existing 2670mm wheelbase, and it’s 1805mm wide and 1685mm tall. For reference, a Mazda CX-5 is just 5mm longer, and it’s considered a benchmark midsize SUV

Not only did the small SUV just push the segment boundaries in terms of size, there’s also a questionable design change inside the cabin – the removal of the sliding second row seat.

I’ll get to that – and all the other interior considerations – in the next section. That’s where you’ll also find interior images.

Practicality

Nissan Qashqai8/10

Space and usability are two of the Qashqai’s strengths. For an SUV that is only 4.4m long, and for me at 191cm tall to be able to sit behind my driving position with room to spare is excellent. Headroom back there is good, too, even in the Ti which has a sunroof which eats into the ceiling.

Cabin storage up front is pretty darn good with a large and deep centre console bin, big door pockets and two cup holders; while the rear seats have door bottle holders and a tray in the rear of the front console. The ST-L and Ti come with a fold-down centre armrest in the back with two cupholders.

The 430L boot is one of the largest in the class (Seltos has a 433L cargo capacity). There’s also another large storage level under the boot floor in the Ti.

Getting in and out of the Qashqai is helped by a raised ride height and large doors that open wide.


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross8/10

The interior of the Eclipse Cross used to be more practical.

It’s not often you get to a mid-life update of a car and the brand decides to take away one of the best features – but that’s what happened with the Eclipse Cross. 

You see, the pre-facelift models had a clever sliding second row seat, which allowed you to apportion space effectively – either for passengers, if you didn’t need cargo space, or to the boot, if you had little or no passengers. There was 200mm of actuation to that slide. That’s no small amount in a car of this size.

But that’s now gone, and it means you miss out on a clever feature that made the Eclipse Cross impressive for its class.

It still maintains some impressive traits, including the fact it has better than average rear seat space, and better than average cargo capacity – even if there’s no sliding rear row.

The boot space is now 405 litres (VDA) for the non-hybrid models. That’s not too bad compared to some rivals, but in the pre-facelift car you were able to adjust between a big 448L cargo hold, and a 341L storage area if you needed more backseat occupant space.

And in the hybrid models, the boot is small because there is extra hardware under the floor, meaning a cargo hold of 359L (VDA) for PHEV models.

The rear seats still recline, and there’s still a space-saver spare wheel under the boot floor as well - unless you choose the PHEV, which doesn’t have a spare wheel, instead making do with a repair kit. 

We managed to fit all three CarsGuide hard suitcases (124L, 95L and 36L) in the boot of the non-PHEV version with room to spare.

The back seat is fine for adults and kids alike. Because it shares the same wheelbase as the ASX and Outlander I had enough space for – I’m 182cm or 6’0” tall – to be sat comfortably behind my own driving position.

There’s good toe room, decent knee room and good head room – even in the Exceed model, with its double sunroof.

Back seat amenities are fine. The base model has a single map pocket where higher grades get two, and there are bottle holders in the doors, and in LS, Aspire and Exceed models you get cup holders in a flip-down armrest. One thing you might like if you’re a backseat regular in the Exceed is the inclusion of second-row outboard seat heating. Shame, though, there are no rear seat directional air vents in any grade.

The front seat area offers good storage for the most part as well, with bottle holders and trenches in the doors, a decent centre console bin, a pair of cupholders between the seats, and a reasonable glove box. There’s a small storage section in front of the gear selector, but it’s not quite spacious enough for a larger smartphone.

Another thing that makes the ES non-hybrid model feel strange is its manual handbrake, which is enormous and eats into more console space than it really ought to – the rest of the range have electronic park brake buttons. 

There are two USB ports in the front, one of which connects up to the 8.0-inch touchscreen media system. You can use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring, or Bluetooth. I had no issues with the connectivity, other than – always having to hit the “Always Enable” button when reconnecting my phone.

The design of the media screen is a good one – it sits up high and proud, but not so high as to intrude on your line of view when driving. There are knobs and buttons to control the screen, and some familiar – but looking old – buttons and controls for the climate system, too.

Another thing showing the age of the underpinnings of the Eclipse Cross is the instrument cluster, and the digital driver info screen too. It doesn’t have a digital speedometer readout – an issue in nanny states – so if you want that, you have to get the Exceed model with the head-up display. That screen – I swear it was in a mid-2000s Outlander, it looks that old.

And the overall cabin design, while hardly special, is nice. It’s more modern than the current ASX and Outlander, but not nearly as fun or functional as newer entrants in the segment like the Kia Seltos. And nor does it look anywhere near as exceptional as a Mazda CX-30’s cabin, no matter which spec you choose. 

But it does its space utilisation well, and that’s a good thing for an SUV of this size.

Price and features

Nissan Qashqai7/10

The entry-point into the Qashqai range is now $27,990 (an increase of $500 over the previous car) and that will get you into the ST with a manual gearbox, while the auto (CVT) is $29,990.

That ST is the only grade which comes with a manual, the rest are all autos with the ST+ listing for $31,990, then the ST-L for $34,000 and at the top-of-the-range is the Ti for $38,490.

A limited-edition N-Sport version sits between the ST-L and Ti and lists for $35,000, but there are only 600 being made.

As for what’s new, that’s simple – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is now standard across the range. The ST+ also now has rain sensing wipers and auto headlights. The rest of the new features are safety items which we’ll cover in that section below.

Along with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, standard features on the ST include a 7.0-inch screen with rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, six-speaker stereo, cruise control, cloth seats, push-button start, LED running lights, halogen headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Step up to the ST+ and you’ll gain all the ST’s features plus sat nav, privacy glass, fog lights, and power- folding heated wing mirrors.

The ST-L has all of this, but adds leather and cloth seats, heated front seats, roof rails, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

At the top-of-the-range is the Ti and this grade unlocks more features on top of the ST-L’s including 19-inch alloys, adaptive LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, power adjustable driver and front passenger seat, adaptive cruise control, and leather seats.

The 2020 update also saw a special edition N Sport Qashqai released for a list price of $35,000. The N Sport has all the ST-L's features and adds 19-inch alloys, body-coloured front and rear bumpers with a matt silver trim, side skirts, body-coloured wheelarches, silver mirror caps, black headliner and an N-Sport badge to make sure everybody knows. 

Is it good value? Well you can get into an entry-grade Kia Seltos with all the advanced safety features in the Ti for $25,990 drive-away. A Honda HR-V is also more affordable with a start price of $24,990.

I’m afraid the answer to that initial question then is, no. The Qashqai is not good value in comparison to the Seltos or Honda HR-V.


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross7/10

This revised version of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross introduced in 2021 saw a price hike, with cost increases across the entire model range. 

Per the pre-facelift model, the ES 2WD opens the range priced at an MSRP of $30,290 plus on-road costs (+$300).

The LS 2WD ($32,590 MSRP, +$400) and LS AWD ($35,090 MSRP, +$300) remain the next steps up the range ladder.

There’s a new nameplate second-from-top-of-the-turbo-range, the Aspire 2WD which lists at $34,990.

And the flagship turbo-petrol Exceed is still available in 2WD ($38,290 MSRP, +$1300) and AWD ($40,790 MSRP, +$1300).

But that’s not where the pricing story stops. The 2022 Eclipse Cross takes a step into new territory with the brand’s new PHEV powertrain

The high-tech hybrid drivetrain is offered in the entry-level (read: fleet-focused) ES AWD at $46,490, while the mid-spec Aspire costs $49,990 and the top-end Exceed lists at $53,990. All the powertrain details can be found in the relevant sections below.

As we all know, Mitsubishi plays hardball in the transaction price stakes, so check out the Autotrader listings to see what driveaway prices are out there. Even with stock shortages, let’s just say there are deals to be had. 

Next, let’s take a look at what you get across the model range.

The ES grade opens things with 18-inch alloy wheels with a space-saver spare wheel, LED daytime running lights, halogen headlights, a rear spoiler, cloth interior trim, manual front seat adjustment, an 8.0-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android auto, a reversing camera, four speaker stereo, digital radio, climate control air-conditioning, and a rear cargo blind.

Choose the LS and your extra expenditure will net you auto high-beam lights, LED front fog-lights, auto wipers, heated folding side mirrors, black roof rails, privacy glass at the rear, keyless entry and push-button start, a leather trimmed steering wheel, electronic parking brake, rear parking sensors and lane departure warning.

The next step up offers some impressive inclusions, with the Aspire gaining dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, micro-suede and synthetic leather interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive cruise control and added safety items – blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and more. See below for full details.

Go for the range-topping Exceed and you get full LED headlights (yes, you’ve got to spend nearly $40k for those!), a double sunroof, head-up display (making the Exceed the only grade with a digital speedometer, even in the PHEV models!), built-in TomTom GPS satellite navigation, a heated steering wheel, power adjustment for the front passenger seat, and full leather interior trim. You also get rear seat heating in the turbo-petrol models, but not the PHEV, oddly.

The colour options for Eclipse Cross models are very limited unless you’re willing to pay extra for premium paint. Only White Solid comes at no cost, while the metallic and pearlescent choices add $740 – they include Black Pearl, Lightning Blue Pearl, Titanium Metallic (grey) and Sterling Silver Metallic. Those not special enough? There’s also Prestige paint options, by way of Red Diamond Premium and White Diamond Pearl Metallic, both of which cost $940. 

There’s no green, yellow, orange, brown or purple options available. And unlike lots of other small SUVs out there, there is no contrast or black roof option.

Engine & trans

Nissan Qashqai6/10

All Qashqais have the same engine – it’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol which makes a reasonable 106kW of power and 200Nm of torque.

As I mentioned in the driving section the engine isn’t at all gutless, I’ve driven SUVs and cars with the same torque and less power with better acceleration. It’s the continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the Qashqai which causes the lackluster acceleration.

You’ll notice this lack of oomph particularly on hills and when you need to overtake. Some carmakers are now producing CVTs which do provide better acceleration, but Nissan’s isn’t one of them.

On the plus side CVTs are good for fuel economy, which is what we’re about to discuss.


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross8/10

All models in the Eclipse Cross get a turbocharged engine that really puts the ASX model below it to shame.

The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder motor isn’t a horsepower hero, but it does offer class-competitive outputs on par with the likes of the Volkswagen T-Roc.

The power output for the 1.5L turbo is 110kW (at 5500rpm), while torque output is 250Nm (at 2000-3500rpm).

The Eclipse Cross is available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic gearbox only. There is no manual gearbox option, but all variants come with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters so you can take matters in to your own hands.

It is available in front-wheel drive (FWD or 2WD), and there is the option of all-wheel drive (AWD) in the LS and Exceed variants. Note – this isn’t a proper 4WD / 4x4 – there is no low range, but the electronically adjustable drivetrain system has AWD Normal, Snow and Gravel modes to suit the conditions you’re driving on.

The plug-in hybrid version runs a larger, non-turbocharged 2.4-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, with that four-cylinder unit producing just 94kW and 199Nm. Those are only the outputs for the petrol engine, and don't factor in the additional oomph offered by the electric motors front and rear, and this time around Mitsubishi doesn't offer a maximum combined power and torque output when everything is working together.

But it is backed by two electric motors - the front motor has outputs of 60kW/137Nm, while the rear motor produces 70kW/195Nm. There is a 13.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack good for an electric driving range of 55km based on ADR 81/02 testing. 

The engine can power the battery pack in series hybrid driving mode, too, so if you want to top up the batteries before you get to a city, you can. There is regenerative braking, too, of course. More on recharging in the next section.

Fuel consumption

Nissan Qashqai7/10

Nissan says the Qashqai with its four-cylinder petrol engine and CVT auto will use 6.9L/100km over a combination of open and urban roads. That’s pretty good and better than the ST with its manual gearbox which officially does a best of 7.7L/100km.


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross7/10

Some small SUVs with downsized turbocharged engines stay close to the official combined cycle fuel consumption figure, while others have sticker fuel economy that seems impossible to achieve.

The Eclipse Cross falls into the latter camp. The 2WD models have official fuel use figures of 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres, while the AWD models are said to use 7.7L/100km. 

I drove it in ES FWD guise for a return of 8.5L/100km at the pump, while in the Exceed AWD I tested, the real-world bowser return was 9.6L/100km.

The Eclipse Cross PHEV has an official combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 1.9L/100km. That’s astounding, really, but you need to realise that the test calculation is only for the first 100 kays - there’s a really good chance your real-world consumption will be a lot higher, as you can only deplete the battery charge once before calling on the engine (and your petrol tank) to juice it back up.

We will see what kind of real-world figure we can achieve when we get the PHEV through the CarsGuide garages. 

It offers AC charging with a Type 2 plug that can fully recharge the battery in as little as 3.5 hours, according to the brand. It is also capable of DC fast charging with a CHAdeMO plug, filling from zero to 80 per cent in 25 minutes. 

If you’re just wondering about recharging from a standard 10-amp household plug, Mitsubishi says it should take seven hours. Park it at night, plug it in, charge off-peak, and you could pay as little as $1.88 (based on a 13.6c/kWh offpeak electricity price). Compare that against my real-world average in the petrol-turbo AWD, and you could pay as much as $8.70 to cover 55km.

Of course that calculation is predicated on the notion that you will get the cheapest electricity rate and you will achieve that entire EV driving distance… but you need also consider the additional purchase cost to get into the PHEV model over the regular Eclipse Cross. 

Driving

Nissan Qashqai7/10

The Qashqai is one of the most affordable Nissan SUVs, but I think it’s up there with the best to drive, second only to its bigger sibling the X-Trail.

Here’s why. The ride is comfortable and composed, the steering is accurate and has good feel to it and the handling (for a small affordable SUV) is great.

You’ll like the extra security the height gives you along with the good visibility, and you’ll like the size in terms of ease of parking, too.

What you might notice is that acceleration feels a bit disappointing and you might think the engine is ‘gutless’ for want of a better word. It’s not the engine, it’s something else. Read on to find out.

All Qashqais are front-wheel drive, but a decent 188mm ground clearance means they’ll handle gravel roads without fear of damaging the underside.

The launch of this updated version had us driving on about 50km of gravel and dirt roads, and sure, if the Qashqai had all-wheel drive it would have kept the car from sliding around on the loose rocky surface a bit, but we had no problems with clearance.

The Qashqai's braked towing capacity is 1200kg.


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross7/10

Don’t go thinking that because the Eclipse Cross has a thrusty little turbo engine that it’s going to be sporty to drive. It isn’t.

But that’s not to say it’s not rapid in its acceleration. It can get moving pretty quickly, provided you catch the CVT in its sweet spot.

That’s the thing with CVTs and turbo engines – sometimes you can have laggy moments that you’re not expecting, while at other times, you might be greeted with better response than you think you’ll get. 

I found the Exceed AWD to be particularly prone to confusion when it came to acceleration, with some noticeable hesitation and sluggishness compared to the ES 2WD I also drove. The ES felt comparatively rapid, while the (admittedly 150kg heavier) Exceed AWD was lazy.

And when it comes to other driving attributes, the Eclipse Cross is just fine.

The suspension doesn’t do anything untoward – the ride is good for the most part, though it can be a bit wobbly in corners and lumpy over bumps. But it’s comfortable and could make a great commuter car.

The steering is accurate enough, but it’s a bit slow when you’re changing direction, meaning you feel like you’d want more aggressive response. That could also come down to the Toyo Proxes tyres – they’re hardly sporty numbers.

But at city speeds, when you’re parking the car in tight spots, the steering does a good enough job.

And that’s actually a pretty apt ending for this segment of the review. Good enough. You can do better – like in a VW T-Roc, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, or Skoda Karoq.

But what about the PHEV? Well, we haven’t yet had the chance to drive the plug-in hybrid model, but we intend to see how it stacks up in the near future, with a real-world range test and full detailed driving and charging impressions in our EVGuide part of the site. Stay tuned.

Safety

Nissan Qashqai7/10

The Qashqai was awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP rating when it was tested in 2017.

The ST+ has come out well in this update, not only did it score Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the amount of standard advanced safety equipment increased, including blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

While all Qashqais come with AEB as standard the top-of-the-range Ti ALSO picked up AEB with pedestrian detection in the update.

Forward collision warning and lane departure warning ARE also standard on all Qashqais.

For child seats you’ll find two ISOFIX points and three top tether anchor mounts.

A space saver spare wheel in under the boot floor.


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross7/10

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was awarded a five-star ANCAP crash test safety rating in 2017 for the pre-facelift model, but you can bet your backside that the brand isn’t anticipating a re-do – so that score still applies across the petrol-turbo and PHEV model range,

The brand does, however, take a different tact to the likes of Toyota, Mazda and other leaders in safety spec. It still has that old world mentality of “if you can afford to pay more, you deserve to be safer”. I don’t like that.

As such, the range has increasing levels of safety technology the more you spend, and that’s the case across the petrol-turbo and the PHEV models.

All versions come with forward autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, which operates between 5km/h and 80km/h. The AEB system includes pedestrian detection, too, which works between 15km/h and 140km/h.

All models also come with a reversing camera, seven airbags (dual front, driver’s knee, front side, side curtain for both rows), active Yaw control, stability control, and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake force distribution.

The base model car misses out on things like auto headlights and auto wipers, and you’ll have to get the LS if you want rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and auto high-beam lights.

The step from LS to Aspire is a worthy one, adding adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front parking sensors.

And from Aspire to Exceed, there’s the addition of the brand’s Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System, which can dull throttle response to prevent potential low speed collisions in close quarters.

Where is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross built? The answer is “made in Japan”.

Ownership

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The Qashqai is covered by Nissan’s five-year,/unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Servicing is recommended annually or every 10,000km and is capped at $226 for the first service, $309 for the second, $236 for the third, $435 for the fourth and $245 for the fifth.


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross8/10

Here’s where Mitsubishi could win over plenty of buyers who aren’t sure what small SUV to get.

That’s because the brand offers a 10 year/200,000 kilometre warranty plan for its range… but there’s a catch.

The warranty is only that lengthy if you maintain your car with Mitsubishi’s dedicated dealer service network over the 10 years/200,000km timeline. Otherwise, you get a five-year/100,000km warranty plan. That’s still decent.

The PHEV model comes with a caveat - the traction battery is covered for eight years/160,000km, no matter where you have the car serviced, despite Mitsubishi’s website stating “it’s a good idea to get your Mitsubishi electric or hybrid vehicle serviced at an authorised PHEV dealer to that your vehicle performs at its best”.

But why wouldn’t you service with the dealer network, given the maintenance costs are pegged at $299 per visit, due every 12 months/15,000km? That’s good, and is applicable to the first five services. The maintenance costs vary from six years/75,000km, but even over a 10-year period, the average cost is $379 per service. That’s for the turbo-petrol job, anyway.

The PHEV’s service costs are slightly different: $299, $399, $299, $399, $299, $799, $299, $799, $399, $799 - making an average cost of $339 for the first five years, or $558.90 per visit over 10 years/150,000kn. That’s another reason the PHEV might not make sense for you.

Mitsubishi also gives owners four years of included roadside assist when they service their car with the brand. That’s not bad, either.

Worried about other potential reliability issues, concerns, recalls, automatic transmission quibbles, or anything else of that ilk? Check out our Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross problems page.