2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

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By Alexi Falson on 07 Mar 2024
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OnlineAuto Rating
8.5
out of 10
Pros
  • Smooth and comfortable driving experience
  • Super spacious rear cabin for the small SUV segment
  • Outstanding warranty coverage
Cons
  • Dated interior design
  • Base model misses out on some key safety tech
  • Expired ANCAP safety rating
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS Black Edition (2WD) Specs
    • 63L
    • 165
    • 5500 / 2000
    • Unrated
    • Automatic
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the company’s second member of the ever-competitive compact SUV segment, sitting alongside the smaller ASX.

The Eclipse Cross is billed as a larger compact SUV package which, combined with Mitsubishi’s generous equipment lists and ownership program, gives buyers in the small SUV space even more variety.

While it’s often overshadowed by other members of the small SUV segment, let’s take a closer look at the Eclipse Cross to see if it’s worth a spot on your shortlist.

    Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Competition





    Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross




    VS
    Toyota Corolla Cross
    GWM Haval Jolion
    MG ZST
    Kia Seltos
    Nissan Qashqai
    Hyundai Kona

    How Much Does It Cost?

    The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross range is priced from $31,990 for the entry-level Eclipse Cross ES, while the Eclipse Cross LS is priced at $34,740.

    Stepping up to the Eclipse Cross Black Edition brings the price to $35,990, while the Eclipse Cross Aspire is priced at $36,990 and the Eclipse Cross LS AWD is priced at $37,240.

    From here, the range movies to the Eclipse Cross FWD which is priced at $40,990 while the range-topping Eclipse Cross AWD is priced at $43,490.

    Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change and do not include on-road costs.

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    Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - LS BLACK EDITION (2WD) Specifications

    Model Date 2024
    Make MITSUBISHI
    Model ECLIPSE CROSS
    Series YB MY23
    Variant LS BLACK EDITION (2WD)
    Body 4D WAGON
    Fuel type UNLEADED PETROL
    Transmission CVT AUTO 8 SPEED
    Drive FWD
    Engine TDFI
    Engine capacity 1499
    Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
    Engine RPM 5500 / 2000
    Cylinders T4
    Torque 250
    KW 110
    Fuel tank size 63.0
    Fuel usage specs 7.3 / 0
    CO2 165
    ANCAP security rating Unrated

    What Features & Specs Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Have?

    The entry-level Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES comes riding on 16-inch alloys and receives LED daytime running lamps, climate control, cruise control, a rearview camera with rear parking sensors and black cloth upholstery.

    Stepping up to the Eclipse Cross LS adds a set of 18-inch alloys, LED fog lights, rear privacy glass, power-folding mirrors, an electric parking brake, automatic headlights & wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an upgraded sound system, rear USB ports and some added safety equipment.

    The LS Black Edition receives black 18-inch alloys and mirrors, as well as interior upgrades like Mi-suede upholstery with a black headliner, power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and some silver contrasts.

    Upgrade to the Eclipse Cross Aspire and you’ll pick up a black grille, front and rear skid plates, as well as adaptive cruise control, a surround-view monitor with front parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and Mi-suede upholstery.

    Finally, the range-topping Eclipse Cross Exceed receives LED headlights, a head-up display, dual panoramic sunroofs, a hands-free powered boot lift, heated rear seats & steering wheel, leather upholstery and a power-adjustable passenger seat.

    Connectivity & Infotainment Features

    The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross range receives an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display in all variants, which offers Apple CarPlay & Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

    The base ES picks up a four-speaker sound system, while the LS receives a six-speaker sound system and the Aspire picks up an eight-speaker sound system with a pair of tweeters.

    Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross have Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

    Mitsubishi’s infotainment system does not support wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, meaning you’ll need to connect your phone to the vehicle via a USB port to access Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. 

    Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Comfortable to Drive?

    The driving experience on offer in the Eclipse Cross is a super straightforward, user-friendly one that makes for a great A-to-B car for the urban jungle.

    There’s not a lot of power on offer, with the range picking up a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit that pushes out 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque to the wheels via a CVT automatic.

    The CVT automatic is reasonably well-behaved, though some sudden throttle inputs can result in a somewhat elastic power delivery which takes some time to build up speed while overtaking.

    Buyers also have the option of an all-wheel drive system in more premium variants that adds some four-paw stability to the mix, a particularly welcome addition for any country drivers.

    2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross blue

    Around town, the Eclipse Cross is both confident and comfortable, with its relatively compact footprint and lightweight steering rack proving a great combination for low-effort parking and three-point turns.

    The suspension package sits on the softer side of the segment which means there’s a decent amount of support for low and moderate-sized bumps, though this does come at the expense of some body roll in the corners.

    Pick up the pace and the Eclipse Cross is a super comfortable tourer at highway speeds, feeling stable and planted, making it a versatile small SUV package that is confident on a mix of town and country driving.

    Is it Fuel Efficient?

    The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross range is reasonably fuel efficient, and while it doesn’t lead the pack, it’s not the thirstiest compact SUV in the segment, especially considering its size.

    On a combined cycle, the Eclipse Cross FWD is rated at 7.3L/100km, while the Eclipse Cross AWD is rated at 7.7L/100km. 

    How Much Fuel Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Use Around Town?

    • Eclipse Cross FWD City Fuel Economy: 9.2L/100km

    • Eclipse Cross AWD City Fuel Economy: 9.8L/100km

    How Much Fuel Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Use on the Highway?

    • Eclipse Cross FWD Highway Fuel Economy: 6.2L/100km

    • Eclipse Cross AWD Highway Fuel Economy: 6.5L/100km

    Is it Practical and Spacious?

    One of the strongest selling points of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross range is that it’s one of the largest compact SUVs in the segment.

    While it’s fair to label the current interior design as a little dated, the Eclipse Cross is at the very least simple and user-friendly to operate, while the driving position gives you a decent view of your surroundings.

    There’s more than enough headroom for tall drivers and front passengers, while the cabin also feels wider and more spacious than your typical compact SUV package.

    Storage options aren’t groundbreaking, but the Eclipse Cross covers the important boxes.

    Behind the gear lever, you’ll find a storage tray for smartphones, while a pair of cupholders leads you to the armrest with added storage inside, and there’s a pair of large bottle holders on either side of the cabin.

    Make your way to the second row of the Eclipse Cross and things get very interesting for a segment plagued with knee-breaking options.

    You’ll find more than enough legroom on offer in the rear of the Eclipse Cross’ cabin, with the said to be said for headroom, which makes it one of the most spacious second rows in the segment.

    The second row picks up a folding armrest with cupholders, map pockets and door bins, as well as USB chargers, a pair of ISOFIX anchors and three top tether mounts to accommodate child seats.

    All things considered, the Eclipse Cross is a mighty impressive vehicle in the small SUV segment when it comes to interior space and comfort.

    How Big is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Boot?

    The Eclipse Cross has a boot measuring in at a very healthy 405L, offering some of the largest boot volume figures for the small SUV segment.

    Fold the 60:40 split seats down and you’ll unlock a total of 1149L of boot volume for weekends away, sports equipment and bulky cargo.

    Is it Safe?

    The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross range is a mixed bag when it comes to active safety equipment, with the entry-level ES missing out on some key additions that its rivals pick up as standard.

    The base model receives autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alerts, a rear-view camera with parking sensors and seven airbags inside the cabin, but no other active safety gear.

    To receive features like blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure alerts with lane-keep assist and rear cross-traffic alerts, you’ll need to upgrade to the Eclipse Cross LS.

    Further up the range, the Eclipse Cross Aspire receives adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera, while the flagship Eclipse Cross Exceed picks up an ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system.

    Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Have an ANCAP Safety Rating?

    The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ ANCAP safety rating from 2017 has officially expired, leaving the current MY24 range unrated by ANCAP.

    For reference, the previous five-star safety rating was awarded after the Eclipse Cross scored the following results in its 2017 testing.

    • Adult Occupant Protection: 97%

    • Child Occupant Protection: 78%

    • Vulnerable Road User Protection: 80%

    • Safety Assist: 58% 

    What Warranty Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Come With?

    Mitsubishi remains a class leader when it comes to long warranty coverage, with the company’s five-year/100,000-kilometre warranty extending to ten years/200,000 when serviced within the Mitsubishi network.

    The company also offers ten years of capped-price servicing, with ten years of servicing costs totalling $4740.

    Service intervals are set at 12 months or 15,000km, whichever elapses first.

    Our Verdict: Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Worth it?

    While it’s not a class leader, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a comfortable, user-friendly and particularly spacious compact SUV that is worth a closer look.

    The driving experience is impressively smooth, while Mitsubishi’s outstanding warranty terms give owners long-term peace of mind that the majority of its rivals simply can’t match.

    Don’t forget that if you’re looking to upgrade to a new car, be sure to reach out to one of our car-buying experts who can help find you the best possible price. 

    Five Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Specs You Need to Know

    1. Five-year warranty extends to ten years/200,000 when serviced within network

    2. 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (110kW/250Nm)

    3. 7.3 - 7.7L/100km fuel economy figures

    4. 405L boot expands to 1149L with rear seats folded

    5. Expired five-star ANCAP safety rating from testing in 2017

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    Alexi Falson

    Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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