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The 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a neat five-seater SUV and would well suit a family of four. Mitsubishi has ditched the twin back window and made the car 14cm longer! That's a substantial increase, so lets see how that affects things as a BabyDrive…

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The obvious upside is the increased legroom, we found a 184cm passenger could sit in front of a rear facing child seat in either front position.

Two child seats fit nicely in the back of the 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, it is spacious so it feels like it should fit three! Perhaps with three of the slimmest child seats on the market then you might get them to fit but I could only install two. Although it's longer than before the new Eclipse Cross is no wider.

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with two child seats installed in the second row

There are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats, which were easy to connect to.

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the second row

There are top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seats that are easily accessible through the boot. They are not within plastic guides, you have to find them within the seat back fabric and I found them relatively easy to connect to.

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

Boot space was also slightly increased in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and it fits two more shopping bags than the previous model.

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

When the boot is empty it fits twelve shopping bags which is comparable to the Hyundai Tucson which also holds twelve shopping bags and the Kia Sportage which holds 13.

Tandem, single and double prams and strollers all fit in the boot of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. I found that a twin pram fits nicely in the boot with three shopping bags beside it.

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

A medium sized dog will travel comfortably in the boot of the 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

Storage throughout the rest of the vehicle is good, there are two cup holders in the front and rear and good sized door bins throughout that will hold large refillable water bottles.

There is only a single map pocket in the back of the front passenger seat.

But the glove box has a handy little shelf in the top of it which is perfect for your purse and keys.

The media system and screen is a much welcome improvement. There is a new 8 inch screen and the track pad controls of the previous model have gone.

The media system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and you can adjust the volume of a lot of the sounds and beeps the Eclipse Cross makes from within the media screen, which is FANTASTIC for parents so they don't disturb our little passengers!

There are no rear aircon vents in the back of the central console box, which meant our rear passengers did find it hot at the back in the Australian climate.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a smooth and quiet car to drive. I found it fuss free and the kind of car you can just get in and go which is what you want for a family car so you can keep your attention on the road. Although it has been made bigger I found it agile around town and easy to park in super market and school carparks.

There is a good seatbelt visual on the front dash so you can clearly see if any rear passengers take their seatbelts off.

The 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating based on the 2017 model testing onwards and has seven airbags as standard.

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