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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV

I’ve just driven Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross SUV – another entrant in the small SUV market and off to a quick start in sales – the same length and sitting on the same platform as the Mitsubishi ASX but certainly more upmarket and expensive the Eclipse Cross has many appealing features – three models, all powered by a 1.5-litre direct injection turbo petrol engine with 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque. Drive taken through an advanced automatic – a CVT or continuously variable automatic but with the sophistication of sport mode and manual override with paddle shifters. There are two 2WD models and an AWD although frankly this is a city slicker to my mind and most will never go off road. I tested the better equipped Eclipse Cross Exceed 2WD at 36,000, dearer to Honda’s HR-V, Hyundai’s Kona and Toyota’s CH-R but for the money very highly equipped with dual zone air, leather trim, double panoramic sunroof, power and heated front seats and 18-inch alloys. It also features a full suite of active safety equipment, has all around parking sensors and a rear view camera.
High points are engine performance and the sophistication and feel of the automatic transmission whether in full auto or manual shift. Electric power steering is also very nicely weighted and overall the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a nice all round driver. With somewhat limited luggage space it’s perhaps best suited to a young family or a couple. A welcome new addition. 8/10. I’m David Berthon

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