Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev in the practical test

Practical test Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev

Mitsubishi’s new hybrid SUV does a lot differently, but not everything is fine

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev in the practical test-eclipse
Cattle man Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev

  • Site editor Sebastian Viehmann

Like many Japanese manufacturers, Mitsubishi also throws the diesel out and replaces it with a hybrid. This is only partially convincing in the SUV ECLIPSE CROSS: the e-range is mau, the consumption is too high. For this, the car has a bit ahead of other hybrids.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was one of the first and most successful plug-in-SUV. It is an egg legend wool milk sow that connects the properties of a large family carriage to those of a hybrid savings artist and those of an all -wheel drive SUV – all of this at a fair price.Now the Japanese want to continue a number smaller in the Eclipse Cross Plug-in-Hybrid. With a facelift it replaces the previous model with petrol and diesel engine. However, the smaller SUV is not really cheaper: between 39.890 and 47.You have to put 590 euros for the crossover. However, the purchase bonus for plug-in hybrids can still be deducted from this. So the 43.190 expensive plus version after deducting the premium only 34.190 euros. Nevertheless, this is a lot of money for a compact SUV. Is it worth? An everyday test.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev in the practical test-mitsubishi
Mitsubishi The only drive is a PHEV

Body and interior

The Eclipse cross measures 4.5 meters. The car cannot implement this length entirely into a decent space. In the rear, the habitat is rather average and the hybrid battery diminishes the trunk, which is not lush with 359 to (in the case of rearranged rear seats) 1108 liters. After all, there are practical side compartments on the edges where z.B. Bottles and cans are stable after shopping.

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The clean workmanship and the overall chic material selection in the interior of the car are also positive. The increased center console and the high window line ensure a cozy SUV feeling – small children on the back seat do not see too much from outside because of the narrow windows. But the Japanese have housed a two -part sliding roof in the Eclipse Cross: the front part can be opened completely, the rear serves as an outlook hatch.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev in the practical test-phev
Cattle man Hinter loader and nose loader: At the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev, the charging socket sits at the back right, at Honda E (front) in the front coverage

Drive and consumption

The star of the Eclipse Cross is the complex plug-in hybrid drive, almost a copy of the outlander drive:

  • As in the Outlander, a 2.4-liter petrol engine is combined under the front hood with two electric motors, each at each axis-makes 138 kW / 188 hp together. Ideally, the electric motors take over the drive alone and nourish themselves from a 13.8 kWh battery.
  • According to the standard, its energy supply is sufficient for 61 kilometers, at the latest then the petrol engine jumps and produces electricity replenishment as a generator. In practice, he does this at a favorable opportunity before the battery is empty. Unless the driver deliberately switches to the "EV" mode and prevents him from doing so.
  • However, the four-cylinder is not only on the on-board power plant, but also intervenes directly into the drive work if the load requirement is strong, supports the electric motors when accelerating or can work completely at high speeds.

Briefly explained: electric cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrid

A Hybrid drive (short HEV, This stands for Hybrid Electric Vehicle) consists of an electrical and a gasoline or diesel engine. The hybrid battery is only charged during the trip via a generator, either by the gasoline engine or by braking energy recovery. Purely electrically, a HEV can only drive short distances. The car has consumption advantages, especially in city traffic. The classic example of a HEV is the Toyota Prius.

At the Plug-in hybrid ((Phev) the car has another plug on board: In addition to charging while driving, the battery is "loaded" on the socket or a charging station. Routes up to around 50 kilometers can be completely mobile before the combustion engine has to help again. Newer hybrids create up to 100 km of e-range. The hybrid battery of a PHEV has a lot more capacity than with normal hybrids and usually uses lithium-ion technology. That is why these cars are much more expensive. Advantage: Due to the full combustion engine, the overall range of the hybrid corresponds to that of a normal diesel or gasoline vehicle. The PHEVs include VW Passat GTE, Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, Audi A3 E-Tron, BMW I3 (with Range Extender) or Porsche Panamera S E-HYBRID.

A pure Electric car ((Bev, stands for Battery Electric Vehicle) has only one battery as an energy source. Examples are: Tesla Model 3 and Model S, Renault Zoe, BMW i3 (without Range Extender) or Nissan Leaf.

What sounds complicated is very versatile in practice. With a driving mode switch you can choose different all-wheel drive modes, which makes the Eclipse Cross a safe all-weather SUV, even without a mechanical connection between the two drive axes. There is also the "Charge" mode in which you can charge the hybrid battery, and the "Save" mode, the electrical range.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev in the practical test-eclipse
Cattle man The consumption of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Hybrid is too high – both electrically and in hybrid mode

The basic problem of the Eclipse Cross is that the two tons (!) Heavy compact SUV simply consumed too much, regardless of whether electricity or gasoline. The maximum electrical range in our practical test was, despite the rather mild winter temperatures, hardly more than 40 kilometers. Mitsubishi promises 61 kilometers. A disappointment is also waiting for petrol consumption: the 1.8 liters of factory consumption cannot be created even with a full battery on the first 100 km, in hybrid mode it will be almost six liters. Advantage then compared to a normal small turbo petrol engine? Practically none.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev in the practical test-cross
Mitsubishi The cockpit was easily revised

After all: With 188 hp and very good traction, the part-time electrician sprints away briskly from the traffic lights and, albeit with a clear backdrop of the petrol engine, offers a good thrust when overtaking. It is surprising that the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h at 10.9 seconds is rather poor – the Japanese is probably just too heavy. And: the top speed is just 162 km/h (135 in pure electric mode).

Chassis and driving behavior

Because of its high weight and the somewhat insensitive steering, the Mitsubishi is not a sports SUV, but the car is comfortable due to the jerk-free drive and the good noise insulation. The small driving level knob on the center console is already known from the outlander, in recuperation mode for brake energy recovery you can use the switches behind the steering wheel (there are six recuperation levels).

Charging technology and charging duration

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev in the practical test-test
Cattle man Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev

While the electrical reach is disappointed, the Mitsubishi has an advantage when charging. It not only has the usual type 2 connection in the huge loading flap in the right rear fender, but also through the Japanese Chamemo connection. At least at least at the moment, many public charging stations in addition to the much more important type 2 plugs are also equipped with this type of connector, although only a few cars like the Nissan Leaf also use it.

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In practice, this means that you have less competition with the Eclipse Cross when charging outside your own garage wall and when the type 2 plug in the combined AC/DC/CHADEMO pillar is already from a BMW i3, Tesla or VW ID3 is occupied, mostly still got a loading cookie. The relatively small battery is filled in six hours even on the slowest household socket. At the Wallbox it goes in four. At the charging station, the typical 80%load only lasts 25 minutes, and at least this promise was able to adhere to this promise in the test.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev in the practical test-cross
Mitsubishi The trunk has hardly grown

Prices and equipment

With the plug-in hybrid, Mitsubishi does not have the company car market in mind, like most competitors, but the private customer. He can choose between three equipment lines, all of which are properly equipped with extras. The "base" model already comes on 18-inch rims and with two-zone automatic climate automatic, the "Plus" variant (from 43.190 euros) supplements, among other things, LED headlights, while the "TOP" equipment in addition to leather seats also offers a 230-volt-Schuko socket in the trunk, which allows, for example, to operate a household vacuum cleaner on board. In the top version there is still a head-up display on board, so that at least with the equipment there is nothing to be desired-with a decisive exception: there is no electrical tailgate.

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The bottom line is that the ECLIPSE CROSS does not offer a convincing overall package as its larger brother Outlander as a hybrid: the price is too high, even after deduction of electrical funding, and the electrical range too small. The car likes the car as a cozy all-weather SUV with enough space for two or three people and rich equipment. But the advantages of hybrid technology do not really have the disadvantages – unless you often drive very short distances. Too bad: Mitsubishi currently no longer offers a normal petrol or the diesel (you can find a practical test of the predecessor here) for the new Eclipse Cross in Germany.

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2 thoughts on “Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Phev in the practical test”

  1. These are charging stations
    Again and again I have to experience that cars with exhaust and electricity plugs and a license plate … Block charging stations in Kaufland. Without using the charging station even though the shop is free. As an excuse, it is then said that I have an e -license plate then I can also park here. I really wonder how much bribes must have flowed that this tax saved savings models have received an e license plate. In other EU states, this has been abolished for a long time.

  2. Well so what….
    Yes, however, you can also write that about many other manufacturers and their cars, z. E.g. VW does a lot differently in the Eidiii, but not everything is fine ! Also applies to Tesla !


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