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The 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV is a great five-seater plug-in-hybrid SUV. As well as being possible to drive it on electricity alone for around 50km, because Mitsubishi made the updated Eclipse Cross 14cm longer, it has some big impacts on the interior space for family practicality. So let's find out how, when we test it as a BabyDrive…

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The obvious upside is the increased legroom and we found a 184cm passenger or driver could sit in front of a rear-facing child seat. For the first time, I am able to fit Infasecure three child seats across in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV. I can fit two Infasecure Achieve More and one Attain More child seats, either forward or rear-facing.

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

There are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats, not within plastic guides but quite easy to connect to.

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

There are top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seatbacks, they are easily accessible through the boot and although they are not within plastic guides I found them relatively easy to connect to.

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

The boot floor of the Eclipse Cross PHEV has been raised 17mm to accommodate for the battery, making the boot capacity 46L smaller than in the other variants. In practical terms that means it will only hold 11 shopping bags, whereas the other models will hold 12.

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

This is comparable to the Kia Niro PHEV, which holds 10 shopping bags and the MG HS PHEV, which holds 13.

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

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV 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 PHEV.

2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV 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 are map pockets in the back of both front seats.

The glove box has a handy little shelf in the top of it, which is perfect for your iPad or purse.

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The door bins are a good size in the front and rear doors to hold a refillable water bottle.

There are no aircon vents in the back of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV, which can be a consideration when carrying little ones around in there. There are rear heated seat controls in the back of the central console box, which I know most little ones would find it hard to resist playing with, and a plug socket.

The battery of the PHEV model does around 55km to a charge which I found is enough for me to do my daily school runs and commute and to sit with the air-con going while my baby is asleep using battery alone, then I just charge it in the evening and it is ready for the next day.

When you are driving, the transition between the battery and engine is pretty smooth and you can see the energy flow on the media screen.

You can also see your battery distance to empty as well as fuel distance to empty on the driver display screen. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a really fuss-free ‘get in and go' car, which makes it great to drive with kids. Although it is considerably longer than the previous model I found it agile around town and easy to park in tight supermarket car parks.

The media system and screen is a much welcome improvement from the previous model with its 8-inch touchscreen that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There is a great screen within the system where you can adjust the volume of a lot of the sounds and beeps the Eclipse Cross makes which is FANTASTIC for parents so they don't disturb our little passengers!

The reversing camera image is really milky, pixellated and quite small, which is disappointing.

There is a good seatbelt removal visual on the dash below the central air vents so you know if anyone in the back has removed their seatbelts easily.

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. However, the PHEV model has not been crash-tested independently.

 

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