2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire PHEV (car review)

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a bit of an underdog in the small SUV space, up against the likes of the Toyota Corolla Cross, Kia Seltos and MG ZS. Tested here in its plug-in hybrid form and Aspire trim, it suits those looking for economy and performance.

Riding on a rather interesting all-wheel drive system that sees petrol power driving the front wheels, and electric motors turning the wheels at front and rear, the Aspire PHEV pairs a 2.4-litre petrol engine with those to EV power units.

The former produces 94kW of power and 199Nm of torque, while the electric motors make 60kW and 137Nm, and 70kW and 195Nm respectively. There’s no combined figure that pulls it all together, officially, but the whole setup is mated to a single speed transmission.

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The 13.8kWh lithium-ion battery is capable of an EV-only range of 54km, while fuel economy is a claimed 1.9-litres/100km. Once your electric functionality is done with on a long drive though, you can expect to see around 6.0-litres/100km, which is still decent.

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire PHEV
2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire PHEV

A 45-litre fuel tank means you might be visiting the servo more often on those big trips, while plug-in charging can be achieved through a standard power outlet (seven hours), Mode 3 AC charging (four hours) or Mode 4 DC Fast Charging to 80 per cent in 25 minutes.

You can also charge the vehicle while driving, thanks to a range of hybrid drive modes, including full EV, Series and Parallel (with the latter two aimed at using the petrol engine to assist with heavy acceleration, or when additional get up and go is required).

Save Charge uses the petrol engine only, while Charge Mode turns that unit into a generator to put power back into the battery. The downside here is that it significantly increases fuel usage (as you might expect).

In a cool touch, that functionality can also be used to power your home utilising the CHAdeMO port for V2H (Vehicle to Home). Inside the cabin are mixed trim seats, with the front pews offering heating and manual adjustment.

dash
Inside the 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire PHEV

An expansive glasshouse ensures excellent visibility all round, while large side mirrors and an auto-dimming rear vision mirror help eliminate most blind spots. On the tech front, a small 8.0-inch infotainment system supports wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The touchscreen’s position means it’s susceptible to glare, while the poor quality reversing camera does it no favours either. The dual zone climate controls are manual but well presented, and there are two USB ports and a 12V power socket.

In front of the driver is a mixed-tech instrument cluster, with an analogue speedo and tacho, with a small digital display sandwiched in the middle. Behind the heated steering wheel are paddle shifters for the regenerative braking system.

An abundance of piano black trim, and the basic infotainment system make the interior of the Eclipse Cross PHEV feel underwhelming, and a little dated, although we did appreciate the generous amount of soft touch points.

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Inside the 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire PHEV

A large and deep central storage cubby offers practicality as well. In row two, the seats are comfortable, with an armrest/cup holder that folds down in the centre, and two more USB ports. There’s no rear air vents, and limited legroom back there too.

A manual tailgate provides access to 359-litres of boot space with the rear seats up, or 626-litres with them folded, while a 240V/1500W power outlet means you can plug devices (like a portable fridge) in, should a camping trip beckon.

Standard across the range is Mitsubishi’s MiTEC safety system, which includes an impressively quiet but functional lane departure warning setup, blind spot monitoring and a decent adaptive cruise control platform. Front and rear sensors provide parking assistance.

Design wise, the Aspire features a large black grille up front, while our test vehicle came with the optional black badging. Dual LED headlights make for a distinctive yet somehow clunky look, while plastic wheel arches showcase 18-inch alloys.

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Inside the 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire PHEV

The rear end looks stylish (a vast improvement over the previous dual glass look), while optional roof racks featured on our example. Hitting the road at $55,930 drive away, the 2024 Eclipse Cross Aspire PHEV is a little expensive.

That said, it does score a generous 10-year warranty and capped-price servicing program (although some conditions do apply). To find out more, visit the Mitsubishi Australia website, or talk to your local dealer.

Our test vehicle was provided by Mitsubishi Motors Australia for independent review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7
Exterior styling
7
Interior look and feel
7
Technology and connectivity
7
Family friendliness
7
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros - hybrid combination feels seamless; improved styling; V2L technology adds capability.
Cons - interior in particular feels dated; minimal EV-only range; handling feels a little wooden.
Henry Owen
Henry Owen
Whilst trains may take precedent in Henry's life, wheels and a motor are still all it takes to pique his interest. Particularly interested in the development in the electric space, his favourite vehicle is still the Volkswagen Golf R he owned in 2020.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> hybrid combination feels seamless; improved styling; V2L technology adds capability.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> interior in particular feels dated; minimal EV-only range; handling feels a little wooden.2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Aspire PHEV (car review)