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£29,445 when new
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: not a name I’ve heard before? Nope, this is a new one for Mitsubishi, among the Shoguns and L200s that date back to the age of cave paintings and hair elephants. If you had bad taste in films in the early 2000s you might remember there used to be a front-drive Mitsubishi coupe called the Eclipse, but now that name belongs to this lumpy-looking crossover. Looks big, doesn’t it? In pictures, I’d thought this was a proper family-sized SUV, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a Land Rover Discovery Sport or Mazda CX-5. But no, the Eclipse Cross is a size smaller, giving Mitsubishi a crucial toehold in the Nissan Qashqai’s territory. And the Kia Sportage’s. And the Ford Kuga, and Seat Ateca… Needs to stand out, then. Well, it’s certainly not subtle… Quite. There’s some very haphazard surfacing down the flanks, and the nose is striking and sort of modern and rugged, like a designer space helmet. But the rear – what the heck happened? Paint one of these things mint green, lose a wheel trim and hey, Jesse, we need to cook. And don’t tell Skylar. It’s the new Pontiac Aztek.