If you're a little bit confused about Mitsubishi's huge range of SUVs, feel free to talk to one of our experts at the Experience Centre.
The Japanese company offers the ASX, Eclipse Cross, and Outlander models in its soft-roader SUV range. The vehicle we have here fits perfectly in the middle, for people with young kids who want more room than a small SUV can offer, but don't need something too big.
The range kicks off at $30,290 before on-road costs for the ES, climbs to $32,590 for the LS we have here, and tops out at $38,290 for the Exceed.
All-wheel drive (AWD) on the latter pair adds $2500.
All Eclipse Cross grades get features such as 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wired), and digital radio.
The $2300 pricier LS adds niceties such as LED fog lights, rear privacy glass, roof rails, heated and power-folding door mirrors, a proximity key fob, two extra speakers (six total), dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and an electric park brake.
For a further $2400, the Aspire adds seats trimmed in microsuede and synthetic leather, heated front seats, a powered driver’s seat, soft PVC door inserts, dual-zone climate control, eight speakers, a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
There’s plenty of rear legroom and toe room, but that roofline means headroom is restricted for anyone too tall, and the raked windows and large pillar inhibit outboard vision. There are also no rear air vents or USB points, though there is a 12V socket. The back seats recline a few degrees, but no longer slide like the pre-facelifted car’s did.
Boot space has improved from 341 litres to 405L, and while the seat bases no longer slide to increase cargo storage, the seat backs do still fold downwards. The boot measures 880mm long, 1000mm wide between the wheels, and 760mm tall.
The Eclipse Cross runs a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder making 110kW of power at 5500rpm and 250Nm of torque between 2000 and 3500rpm.
It sends torque to the front wheels (on-demand all-wheel drive is only available on LS and Exceed grades) through a CVT automatic with eight stepped ratios controlled by paddle shifters stuck to the steering column.
Mitsubishi claims fuel economy on the combined cycle of 7.3 litres per 100km, while we averaged 8.3L/100km. The fuel tank stores 63 litres and the engine will run on basic 91 RON fuel. Our average zero to 100km/h sprint took 8.8 seconds.
For more information check out our Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Showroom