2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS Review | Asian Car Guide
September 21, 2020

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS Review

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS Road Test, Review

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front

Thank heavens Mitsubishi has finally launched a model worth getting excited over.

Ever since the mighty Lancer Evolution X was retired, the brand has had no sports cars or halo models to speak of.

With the Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi now has the potential to finally appeal to car buyers, for it is the most compelling new Mitsubishi model available today.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a user-friendly cockpit that is well-made and surprisingly, features paddle shifters made from more expensive magnesium alloy instead of cheaper plastic.

The new Eclipse Cross has nothing to do with the previous Eclipse, a coupe that was produced from 1989 to 2011.

Although the Eclipse name has been resurrected, the model is now a coupe-SUV, just like the BMW X6 and Range Rover Evoque.

When Mitsubishi first released photos of this model, I was not drawn to its design. Thankfully, the Eclipse Cross looks much better in real life than on a screen.

Its front end has that stunning look that SUV Asians love, while its sloped roofline gives it’s a coupe-like profile.

The rear end is going to polarise opinions, though. I find the car’s two-window tailgate, also a design feature of the Toyota Prius and original Honda CR-X.

It helps improve aerodynamic efficiency, which in turn lowers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Those good feelings about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, however, start growing as I settle into the driver’s seat.

With a list price of $30,500 plus on road costs it comes standard with all of the important safety equipment includes seven airbags, Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), a function that helps the driver avoid collisions by automatically applying the brakes if an obstacle is detected and fails to react.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross interiorIt also has a new multimedia interface that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, front and rear parking sensors, tinted rear windows, lane departure warning, auto high beams and 18-inch alloys.

The materials used in the cabin are also decent than expected, with soft plastics used on the dashboard and door panels.

Pleasingly, the paddle shifters are made of magnesium alloy, which gives them a reassuringly solid feel.

Volkswagens and Audi which are known for their quality interiors still have plastic paddle shifters, which feel toy-like.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has 448-litre boot (rear seats up) would have been even more useful if not the substantial wheel arch intrusions.

The legroom is generous for the backseat passengers and the headroom is surprisingly good despite the sloped roof.

The LS 2WD comes with a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine that delivers 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque, the latter figure from just 1,800rpm.

What strikes me about this SUV is how responsive it is, especially at low to moderate speeds, where it really counts. For most drivers, a light touch on the accelerator pedal is all you will ever need.

Although the CVT (continuously variable transmission) is not the gearbox preferred by petrol heads, the one in the Eclipse Cross is not annoying, as the dreaded “rubber band” effect has been greatly minimised. In fact, when driven normally, the CVT feels smooth as a conventional torque converter.

The Eclipse Cross has a well-insulated cabin. On the go, the suspension excels at soaking up surface imperfections, while still keeping body movements to a minimum when you go over speed bumps.

Forcing it through corners at speed will result in the body leaning considerably, along with lots of squealing from the comfort-biased tyres.

Mitsubishi has done a lot of things right for this model. It has eclipsed my expectations with its dynamic design, comfort ride and zippy drivetrain.

If the Eclipse Cross heralds Mitsubishi’s resurgence, then the enthusiast will definitely have even more to look forward to in years to come.

Like all Mitsubishi vehicles, the Eclipse Cross is covered by a five-year/100,000km warranty, which also covers perforation corrosion for five years. Five years still beats the industry standard of three, but some brands offer unlimited kilometre coverage.

Service intervals are 15,000km or 12 months, with capped price servicing for the first three services of $300, $400 and $400 respectively.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rearMitsubishi Eclipse Cross LS

Pricing and Specifications:

Price: $30,500 plus on road costs (ORC)

Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol

Power: 110kW

Torque: 250Nm

Transmission: Continuously variable

Fuel: 7.3L/100km (ADR Combined)

Fuel tank: 63 litres

CO2: 165g/km (ADR Combined)

Safety Rating: Five-star ANCAP (2017)

Warranty: 5 years/100,000km