Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Mitsubishi’s highest quality interior yet
  • Interesting design, but still some harder plastics
  • Good driving position and easy to get comfy

If you’ve been behind the wheel of a Lexus NX, you’ll be forgiven for thinking Mitsubishi has taken more than a few cues from the prestige SUV.

The centre console is quite high next to the driver, contributing to a cocooning feel despite the higher ride height. The main part of the dashboard features an infotainment screen sprouting out of the dash, with logically laid-out heating controls within easy reach of the driver.

It’s quite a pleasant place to spend time – you feel like you sit in the car rather than on it, with especially comfortable and squishy front seats, and the materials used on top of the dash and the doors feel of good quality.

Look elsewhere, though, and the variety of materials begins to expand. Some silver accents look and feel a bit cheap, as do the fake carbonfibre pieces around the media screen and window switches. Overall though, it feels solidly built and the driver will find it easy to get comfortable.

The new infotainment system looks like it’s been nabbed from Lexus, too, despite the two companies not having any kind of relationship whatsoever. In fact, the Mitsubishi’s touchpad controller on the centre console is easier to use than Lexus’s, with simple swipe action needed to navigate through the menus. 

  • Very comfortable front seats
  • Suspension on the firm side, but not uncomfortable
  • Ride can be fidgety, but bumps are isolated well

The Eclipse Cross is a comfortable car to sit in. The seats offer a good amount of support, plus they’re wide and squishy without feeling flat. We don’t think a long journey spent in them would throw up any issues, although the passenger seat doesn’t offer height adjustment – feeling a little too high up compared with the driver.

In terms of suspension, the Eclipse Cross varies depending on the road surface. On smoother roads it’s relaxed and comfortable, but a broken surface can unsettle the car. It doesn’t feel crashy over bumps, but the wheelbase is quite short so it can feel a little flustered if you take it over a series of pockmarked surfaces.

On the plus side, it doesn’t send shudders through the cabin and the whole body doesn’t flex. It feels rigid and shakes off any disturbances well, but don’t expect as smooth a ride as something like a Skoda Karoq or Kia Sportage.