2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV review

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Plug-In Hybrid EV range was an important addition to the Australian automotive landscape, as it was the first PHEV in its class and remains one of few small SUVs with the tech available.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

But with increasing competition from larger SUVs with more assertive pricing and better tech, and with full EV models now more affordable than ever before, does this PHEV still make sense as one to look at?

It has plenty of positive attributes, and there are deals to be done for the tax-savvy buyer, too. Let’s cover all the stuff you need to know.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.

READ NOW

How much does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross cost?

For buyers who aren’t so sold on the PHEV thing, the turbo-petrol models – which are significantly cheaper – might make more sense. The MY24 range has seen a $500-across-the-board increase, too.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

Yes, the premium to get into a PHEV is arguably ludicrous. It doesn’t make sense to spend $13,000 more to save fuel, but if you’re dedicated to electrifying your lifestyle, and you really think that having about 55km of EV driving range and then being able to rely upon a petrol engine might be suitable for you, then that’s cool.

And there are huge financial benefits for buyers who are willing to go for a plug-in hybrid vehicle like this: until March 31, 2025, Australians will not have to pay Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on a lease for a car like this, and that could mean savings of thousands of dollars.

But that also applies to competitor models that are fully electric (with no current expiry date on the offer), and also other PHEVs.

To see how the Eclipse Cross lines up against the competition, check out our comparison tool.

What is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross like on the inside?

It’s not the newest feeling cabin. In fact, it’s a really old feeling cabin by current standards.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

And if you’re stepping out of a 15-year-old Lancer or something, it’s going to feel lightyears ahead, but there are elements which are somewhat dated.

Primarily I’m talking about the displays, with a small digital component to the driver cluster (alongside an analogue speedo and a EV meter), which doesn’t have a digital speedo as part of it.

Yes, there is a flip-up head-up display with a digital speedo in this spec, but not the lower grades. Newer rivals have digital instrumentation, which certainly feels more like a high-tech experience than what’s on offer here.

Same goes for the 8.0-inch touchscreen, which does have sat nav, AM/FM and DAB radio, USB media and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (both USB cable connect only).

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

While I like the simplicity of the unit, and the fact it has buttons to jump between menus and dials for tuning/track and volume, it isn’t quite the cutting-edge of infotainment tech.

But it does have more functionality than just a media controller – there is also a heap of driving info available, and you can preset charge times there as well.

It also acts as the display for a surround-view camera system, but the lens quality is poor and as a result the image display is fuzzy.

As for the finishes and materials, nothing has really changed since this generation of Eclipse Cross came out, so it doesn’t feel any newer than it did a few years ago.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

While that might be fine for someone with more traditional tastes, newer models have far more flashy interior design and innovative materials and finishes.

Suffice to say, you’ve got leather-accented seats and a bit of piano black, but no ambient lighting or funky textures to the plastics.

There isn’t a wireless phone charger, either, which is disappointing, and between the seats there are cup holders and a covered console, plus the doors have decent bottle holsters.

The twin sunroof design of the Exceed is a nice touch, and with the shade open for the rear glass it feels reasonably airy – but with it closed, it’s a bit cave-like.

Otherwise the back seat experience is okay, so long as you’re fine to go without directional air-vents. It’s a pretty compact cabin so air-flow is fine from the front, but I wouldn’t want to be in there on a really hot day.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

Now, there are heated outboard seats for cooler days, and you get map pockets on the seatbacks and bottle holders in the doors, but there is no flip-down armrest and therefore no cupholders.

Parents – there are ISOFIX points in the window seats and three top tether points, too. Mind, the middle seatbelt is one of those ones that comes from the boot area, which can make for fiddly times when folding the seats down for the IKEA run.

The boot capacity is 359L with the rear seats up for the PHEV, and 626L when they’re folded. There’s no spare wheel under the boot floor, just a tyre repair kit and a spot to fit your charge cables – which are free in this grade, but not the cheaper PHEVs…

Non-hybrid versions of the Eclipse Cross have 405L of cargo space, expanding to 1149L when the rear seats are folded in front-wheel-drive variants, or 1172L in the all-wheel-drive.

What’s under the bonnet?

We’re focusing on the PHEV here, whcih uses a non-turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 94kW of power and 199Nm of torque.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

It combines with two electric motors – one on the front axle (60kW/137Nm) and one on the rear (70kW/195Nm).

Mitsubishi’s ‘Super-All Wheel Control’ all-wheel drive system distributes the petrol engine and electric motor’s power to all four wheels as required, and it has a single-speed transmission to manage propulsion duties.

The PHEV system also incorporates a 13.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, capable of AC charging (Type 2 plug, up to 3.7kW) and DC charging (CHAdeMO plug, up to 22kW).

The battery has a maximum EV driving range of 55km (NEDC claim), and being a PHEV, it has a somewhat misleading fuel efficiency rating of just 1.9 litres per 100km.

That will only be possible (if at all) for the first 100km, after which the battery is depleted and you will rely on the petrol engine more. Check out the next section of this review for a rundown on what I saw in real-world driving.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

The driver can choose to activate EV driving mode via a button near the shifter, and there is a Battery Save mode (which will use the petrol engine primarily and maintain the battery level), as well as a Battery Charge modes (which will use the petrol engine to top up the battery).

You can set charge timers using the infotainment screen too, which is a nice touch. Some cheap EVs don’t even have that.

Unbraked towing capacity is 750kg across the range. ICE models are rated to 1600kg for braked towing, while PHEV models are capped at 1500kg.

Oh, and if the PHEV doesn’t sound right for you, there’s a 1.5L turbo-petrol four-cylinder with 110kW/250Nm, a CVT auto, and the choice of FWD or AWD.

How does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drive?

First off, let’s talk about the EV and hybrid stuff.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

I did a fully charged drive first off, with a mainly highway and freeway-focused trip, and achieved 48km of range before the petrol motor kicked in. It was 20 degrees and fine that day, and the roads were mainly flat.

I then did another drive around my place in the Blue Mountains, and got just 22km of range on a cold day with more undulating terrain to contend with. Just 13 degrees that day, too, but the screen still had “55km range” when I set off.

I then did a final charge and EV drive back into the city, where I saw 51km of EV range. It was 16 degrees Celsius by the readout, and flatter roads on the freeway.

It really is significantly impacted by terrain and temperature, this battery system.

But it is a smooth operator in EV driving, and the transition between electric and hybrid/petrol driving is silky, too. You can hear the engine kick into life, but it’s not coarse or rough in its activation.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

There’s no hard-revving behaviour because it’s not a CVT auto, and overall it has a really likeable manner to it when it comes to the powertrain. It’s not super fast, but it’s fast enough.

There is a regenerative braking system that can be adapted in its responsiveness by the paddle-shifters, and even in its most assertive mode it’s not like other electrified cars – you cannot drive it just using the accelerator, and the regen is definitely on the lighter side.

At least the pedal feel is good, without that airy sensation at the top of the pedal that you get in some other electrified cars.

Look, those thinking they’ll get their thrills from a midsize Mitsubishi SUV are misled, because it’s not overly joyful to drive. It has decent enough steering, but it’s just slow to react on-centre, meaning it feels like the car has a longer nose than it does.

And while the suspension isn’t offensive in terms of the ride comfort in most situations, sharp edges can upset the balance, and there’s some rolly poly action in corners, too.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

At least it has all-wheel drive (and a selection of drive modes to suit that, including Snow, Gravel, Tarmac, Normal and Eco), so you’ve got sure-footedness in slippery situations.

One other thing? There’s a fair amount of wind noise intrusion above 80km/h.

So I didn’t love driving this, but I did like the gamification of trying to get as much out of the battery as I could, even if it was Game Over too soon in a few different situations.

All told, my ‘hybrid’ driving saw a displayed fuel use figure of 6.5L/100km, not much better than most other small SUVs across similar terrain, and worse than a Skoda Kamiq or Toyota Corolla Cross, in fact.

What do you get?

It’s important to consider the entire range when deciding if the high-grade makes the most sense for the money.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

Eclipse Cross ES standard equipment:

Eclipse Cross PHEV ES adds:

Eclipse Cross LS gains – over ES:

Eclipse Cross LS Black Edition adds:

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

Eclipse Cross Aspire gains – over LS:

Eclipse Cross PHEV Aspire adds:

Eclipse Cross Exceed + PHEV Exceed gain:

Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross safe?

As of January 2024, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is no longer rated by ANCAP – the old five-star score has expired.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

Even so it does have an array of standard safety tech across the range:

LS and above add:

Aspire and above add:

Exceed grades also add Mitsubishi’s Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System, which is designed to stop the car when it detects the accelerator has been pressed instead of the brake at low speeds.

How much does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross cost to run?

Mitsubishi offers a five-year/100,000km warranty in Australia, but there is a conditional extended warranty if you maintain your car with the brand’s workshops. In that instance, you’ll get a 10-year/200,000km warranty.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

That might make a lot of sense for you, but you need to know that you’ll be paying for the privilege.

In fact, the service costs over the 10-year capped-price servicing plan are comparatively high. The average over that period is $594 per service, with intervals set every 12 months or 15,000km.

You get four years of roadside assistance, too.

CarExpert’s Take on the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV is far more impressive in retrospect than it is in the current climate.

lifestyle, motoring, android, 2024 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev review

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Credit: CarExpert

If you can get a sweet deal and take advantage of that FBT exemption, it may well be a strong choice over some of the other small SUVs out there.

But other PHEVs are better for less money, and there are ICE options that stack up convincingly, too.

MORE: Buy a Mitsubishi Eclipse CrossMORE: Everything Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Pros

Cons

Top Line Specs

OTHER NEWS

55 minutes ago

Loblaw misses quarterly revenue estimates

55 minutes ago

Congress applauds as Netanyahu arrives to deliver speech

55 minutes ago

Most Olympic gold medals by year: Here is the top overall medal winner in every Olympics

55 minutes ago

Revolution Bars to shut 12 venues within weeks – see the full list of locations

55 minutes ago

Viking Therapeutics stock jumps 16% after drugmaker moves weight loss injection to late-stage trial

60 minutes ago

Kim Kardashian ended a relationship with mystery ex because they 'got in the way' of her career

60 minutes ago

I sent my 64-year-old mum to race Team GB’s fastest man Zharnel Hughes

1 hour ago

Bette Midler ended up 'so confused' by TikTok after accidentally spending four hours on it

1 hour ago

Anya Taylor-Joy named most beautiful woman in scientific study

1 hour ago

What is Harris' stance on Israel? Plus, takeaways from Biden's Oval Office speech

1 hour ago

Focus Features To Re-Release Remastered ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ On 20th Anniversary Of Edgar Wright Film

1 hour ago

Forget security – Google's reCAPTCHA v2 is exploiting users for profit

1 hour ago

All-New Royal Enfield Himalayan Launched In America At Under $6,000

1 hour ago

NextGen: Meet the Hull FC fullback tipped for Super League stardom who coaches ‘fell in love with’

1 hour ago

Could this farm in Arnhem Land help other remote communities grow their own food and eat healthy?

1 hour ago

CrowdStrike outage: We just got more info on what, exactly, caused the chaos

1 hour ago

Clutch-Free Honda CBR650R And CB650R Set Foot In America At No Extra Cost

1 hour ago

10 Rider-Favorite Dirt Bike Brands You Probably Didn't Realize Existed

1 hour ago

Palestinian Olympic team greeted with cheers and gifts in Paris

1 hour ago

Why is there no Team GB football team at Paris 2024 Olympics?

1 hour ago

Sir Chris Hoy latest health as Olympic cycling legend battles cancer

1 hour ago

What are amino acid supplements and why do they matter for fitness?

1 hour ago

Patient’s huge payout after routine dental surgery could shorten his life by five years

1 hour ago

Tributes flow for truck driver Craig Van Uden

1 hour ago

Rooftop at QT to transform into tranquil Japanese cherry blossom haven in collaboration with House of Suntory

1 hour ago

Exact Covid symptoms to look for after huge surge in people feeling ill

1 hour ago

Who is performing at Olympics opening ceremony and how can you watch it?

1 hour ago

The Myth that J.D. Vance Bootstrapped His Way to the Top

1 hour ago

Contact made: Nottingham Forest offered ex-Real Madrid star in free deal

1 hour ago

South African traditional leaders get a meager pay increase

1 hour ago

Kuwait posts budget deficit of KWD1.6bn in FY 2023/24

1 hour ago

Consultants treating woman who died from debilitating ME blamed her

1 hour ago

Cricket team fields entire XI from same family

1 hour ago

Ask A Doctor: What Are Five Factors That Influence Obesity?

1 hour ago

Loblaw, George Weston to settle class action over bread price-fixing for $500 million

1 hour ago

What makes Tasmania's Federation Peak so challenging for climbers?

1 hour ago

Seven in ten electric vehicles will be stung with the additional £410-a-year 'luxury car' premium tax when VED exemption ends next year

1 hour ago

Nigel Owens’ plea to the players after Kurt-Lee Arendse the latest to be punished for ‘dangerous’ croc roll

1 hour ago

Ramaphosa explains how government will implement a holding company to manage SOEs

1 hour ago

Giant new cruise ship will be the biggest ever to sail Alaska

ALONGWALKER VIETNAM: Kênh khám phá trải nghiệm của giới trẻ, thế giới du lịch ALONGWALKER INDONESIA: Saluran untuk mengeksplorasi pengalaman para pemuda global