Take a "chance" and test drive this car..you might be surprised. Excellent car
This car was purchased for my wife, considered the Mazda CX30, Honda hrv, Nissan qashqai...the eclipse cross is probably between the CX30 and the CX5..drove the top of the range Mazda and Nissan...didn't bother with the Honda Hrv, rear head room non existent for over 6 foot person, no apple or android car play, didn't have DAB digital radio and a host of safety features found in the eclipse cross including multi around cameras which are brilliant...Qashqai was a good car, fairly underwhelming drive and still had push buttons on the display scre...en which is also low down in the dash and not head high like the EC, and cvt drone is more evident than in the EC which is well tuned. The Qashqai is showing its age and needs updating though has some good attributes..the EC has a strong 1.5L turbo that pulls 250nm of torque..the cvt is 8 stepped like auto gearbox and you would hardly know its a cvt..drives very smooth and quiet...goes well. Wasn't all that impressed with the CX30..like a sardine can and not as roomy as the EC, might be good for smaller people. Rear seat headroom not great and small car for drivers over 6ft. Don't believe the biased Journo views of the EC, especially a lot of the US reviewers who bemoan that its not like the original Mitsubishi Eclipse that they claim the car is trying to be (its not) plus they go on and on about the media screen not having a volume knob, but they dont talk about the volume control on the steering wheel and the touch pad in the centre console which both work fine, plus volume up and down on the touch screen itself. The touch pad works very well and means you keep your eyes on the road, but the US reviewers also complain about it as well..they also go on about having to reach too far from the drivers seat to adjust the volume on the media screen..thats because the volume control on the screen is on the right hand side which suits a right hand drive vehicle..we generally have the opposite problem with the controls on the left hand side to suit left hand drive cars.The Mazda only has a rotary dial in the centre console and no manual controls on the screen...volume knobs and switches are obsolete! The Qashqai even has a CD player which is really outdated plus had more push button function switches that takes your eyes off the road. If you dont like the touch pad on the EC then the touch screen itself is also very easy to use. The lights panel on the back window was the only point of consternation in our decision, and some complain about it, but after about 10 minutes of driving my wife found it easy to get used to its not a problem at all (certainly not a deal breaker)..the range of safety and automated control in this car is very extensive, lane departure, blind spot monitoring (indicators on the rear view mirrors), active cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision mitigation,autonomous aeb emergency braking, 360 degree all around monitor cameras, auto high beam adjustment which works a treat coupled to brilliant led headlights (you would be going to find better headlights than this car) The heads up display in the EC is way better than the CX30...it pops up out of the dash, can be adjusted and can be turned off if you dont want it on...the CX30 display appears like its on the front of the bonnet and you can only dim it, you cant turn it off..the EC unit is a lot better in our opinion. Not a lot of cars in this class even have HUD unit. The HUD unit displays speed, adaptive cruise control settings and flashes up warnings such as Lane departure etc - it works a treat and you can adjust the height of the image up and down the screen to accommodate higher or lower seating position plus change the brightness with simple buttons on the instrument panel. When you turn it off, it tucks back into the dashboard - very neat! The electric handbrake is very good (no space invading lever handbrake) and the auto hold brake function is hery handy. The EC is a great drive, looks modern, with heated front seats and front and rear sunroof..front sunroof section opens plus has insect screen which pops up at the front (like others). Seats are very comfortable leather and cabin is quiet on the road, plenty of cabin space and forward vision is very good. The pearl white colour looks a treat. The steering is very good and direct for most conditions, suspension is a little on the soft side but the body roll some reviewers mention is also not a problem and is mostly well controlled (there is no body roll to any level of concern at normal speeds and driving). Would be even sweeter with some more storage nooks in the cargo area, rear air vents (there are vents under the front seats to direct air to the rear though) and USB outlets in the rear (there is 12v outlet for rear seats though that you can plug in adapter plus there is 2 USB outlets in the front console in accessible place) Very impressed with this car..worth a try! It is almost like a well kept secret! Update: car is probably still a bit tight but fuel efficiency seems very good...mixture of cross town and urban can get between 6.5L/ 100 klm to 7.6 L/100..claimed combined is 7.3L/ 100 klm..has only done about 650 kilometres with lots of cross town travel for avge 7.3L / 100 klm . We expect this to improve even more as motor loosens up but have had 1 freeway trip for 6.2L / 100klm...stoke the turbo and drive accordingly and fuel consumption goes up but this is to be expected.
Purchased in February 2020.
Very happy wit our EC driven now in mixed conditions for 2650km.....economy matches your driving style, extremely safe with every safety feature available. Its quiet and gets along well, likely not to win a drag race, but, plenty of zip...Eye catching and stylish, 7 year warranty and 2 years free services. We wanted a bigger vehicle than our Kia Cerato, the Eclipse cross is exactly the size we wanted...as we have gravel roads around AWD is very good. But its too nice to go on a bush bash....overall, very pleased, would recommend you test drive...
Purchased in January 2020.
Perfect family SUV
I use this car daily for driving to work, shops, family etc. I have had no issues and driving the car is so nice. I recently drive this car 150+ km for a trip and it was a great driving experience for a long distance drive. The car is very get in and go - easy to park with the parking sensors and reverse camera.
I have found the car to be quite fuel efficient also, with only needing to fill up once a week and it always gets me through, sometimes even longer than a week depending on what extra activities I have on over the weekend.
This car is definitely worth looking at and test driving - I love it
Just a joy to drive. Economical, quiet, spacious, smooth and can wake up the turbo and GO. Almost silent on smooth roads, big bump behaviour could be improved. Radar cruise control is outstanding - could not live without it. Think it is the best kept secret and easily best in class.
Purchased in November 2019.
Best mid range SUV for the price
We bought the Black Edition few months back and love this car soo much. Engine is responsive but could have been better but for this price bracket its great.
Feature wise we have not found any other car which beats the price.
Highly recommended for family looking for mid size SUV.
Purchased in August 2019.
Awesome vehicle. Don't believe the journo's
Wow what more can I say my partner and I were on the hunt for a new compact SUV. After looking at every available option. We settled on the eclipse cross and it's been the best decision yet. It's,stylish, compact ,quiet, comfortable and surpriseingly peppy. From top to bottom this car has exceeded our expectations. The turbo charged 1.5 ltre engine is a joy to drive with amazing pick up and smoothness. And yes it is a tad noisey if pushed but enjoyable. Visability is great and the room for this compact SUV is surprising. Overall this is one of the best SUV's it the segment.dont listen to the Media's views on this car they are wrong. Take one for a test drive and you will be surprised.
Extremely poor rear vision
Sorry, I am not sure what model to write about as it was a hire car.
The car itself is just ok but the rear vision is atrocious.
When you use the rear view mirror you also see the front headrests.
The split rear window has a heavy bar about a third of the way up, the bar
also thickens further at each end so reduces rear vision even further.
If that is not bad enough, the rear pillars are huge.
I had a minor accident while reversing from supermarket car park, I looked rear, left and right as best I could, the headrests block most of the view, ...
Purchased in April 2019.
good technology, quick engine . Noises from rear cabin area. After 17 months and 20,000 kms I’m selling the car.
I use the car everyday for family use only.
It had been serviced by the Mitsubishi dealer but they could not fix all the problems just after second time and another dealer they fix the mayor noise from the rear of the cabin ( sunroof assembly bolts incorrect torque adjusment )
Purchased in March 2018 for A$40,000.00.
Well credentialed SUV...but
Responsive 1.5 turbo, significant boot size, ideal efficient hwy vehicle, nimble and easy to park around town, excellent safety package and 360°cameras, missing electric tailgate for vehicle of excellent quality
Very happy so far after 5 months.
Use the car during the week to and from work and weekend fun. I love the safety features of the car and the surround cameras when reversing. It makes the car easy to park anywhere. Must admit I was spun out by the way it looks as if it has a camera above looking down on you. Service is 12 months or 12500Kms. Though have free service for 2 years.
Purchased in March 2019.
Family car/ commuter
I bought this car to satisfy my 3 requirements:
1- as a family car to fit the car seat and pram and whatever else I need.
2- as an economical commuter car. I travel 100km each way to work mixed between highway and Sydney traffic.
3- something I actually enjoy driving with comfort, speed and technology.
This car fits my lifestyle as a working mum great! I was finding it hard to decide between the eclipse cross and the outlander. But the test drive put the eclipse cross as the firm leader.
Eco mode leaves something to be desired in terms of...engine responsiveness but at the same time it provides a much smoother ride and a noticeable fuel economy difference. It forces you to drive economically (unless you press your foot down until you feel that turbo!). You can’t really tell when the gearbox changes gears and I find the paddle shift useful for driving down hill and mountain passes. I can fit everything I need in the car and then some. The seats are very comfortable and supportive and the range of motion from the steering wheel adjustment has made it the most comfortable long distance car I have owned. (Jeep Cherokee [lemon], Suzuki Grand Vitara, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Levorg)
Love that car
My wife and I are soon to retire and were looking for a smallish suv for a second car to replace our 2002 astra we have had since New- the replacement needed to be used daily around town and trips to family interstate on weekends so our second car, a large 4wd can just be used for rambling around Australia once retired – the big box to tick was ease of entry/Exit as we age as both tall. Reliability as we intend to keep our cars for 10 plus years – after sitting in dozens of cars it came down to vitara and eclipse – eclipse won just due to entry...& exit /Safety features/engine zippyness and 7 yr warranty . we have had it since Feb 2019 -Well pleased , tows tinnie and trailer with ease if needed, great fuel consumption in my view, comfortable. Cvt transmission takes a little time to get used to and I will say though, it Can be a little bouncy on dodgy roads due to short wheelbase but other than that great city car that can take you on interstate travel with comfort and ease if needed.
Purchased in February 2019 for A$32,000.00.
TICKS THE BOXES - Mitsi - 4 cyl
We purchased this car in 06/18. This car has clever safety features & additional ones - here is my list:
Lane departure warning, front & rear sensors (std), adaptive/intelligent cruise - this includes when you are going down a hill your speed is kept constant, 360 deg camera - this gives a quality display unlike others which appear grainy inc directional lines, blind spot warning, cross traffic alert. All these features work well.
Boot space is for us a bit on the smaller size we have a medium sized dog. 2nd row seating does not have a/c vents - which works well the a/c that is. Handles well. For me I didn't like the engine noise but my husband didn't notice it or see it as a problem.
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