Kia Sportage - Kia Sportage vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - Cheri Smith

Hi.

My last car was a Honda CRV, which I sold when I moved country. I need a new one car and want an suv automatic. I considered the Honda CRV here too, but it seems you can get more for your money elsewhere.

I ruled out a couple I didn't like because of the shape of the bonnet (I felt it was obstructing my view), not enough legroom in the back, not a big enough boot, etc.

I liked the seat comfort of the Mistibushi Eclipse Cross Exceed trim and felt it was smooth and accelerated well. The weird back windscreen split in two design bothers me, so I'm wondering if anyone has one and can tell me if you get used to that. It would be the petrol version.

The other one that was reasonably comfortable and seems to have a lot of tech is the zkia Sportage GT Line S. It would either be the petrol version or the mild hybrid. I felt the engine on this one was noisier than I'm used to, but I've read the mild hybrid is quieter. Does anyone have first hand experience of that?

Im probably looking at a 2019 or 2018 Kia, but could do a 2019 or 2020 Mitsubishi, and that would still be cheaper.

I loved my Honda, so don't want to end up regretting my choice here! Any advice welcome!

Kia Sportage - Kia Sportage vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - Miniman777

Given Mitsibushi are withdrawing from the UK, I'd lean towards the Kia with the balance of its 7 year/100k mile warranty. Mitsibushi warranty is 5 years/62500 miles.

Honda HRV or Volvo XC40 not fit the bill?

Kia Sportage - Kia Sportage vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - _ORB_

The Kia is a good choice but the GT liner has silly wheels.

Go for One with 17 inches.

Kia Sportage - Kia Sportage vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - SLO76
I’d favour the Mazda CX-5 or CX-3 Skyactiv petrol autos. They’re nicer to drive, utterly reliable and they’ll hold their value better. Yes it’ll be older than an equivalent Sportage or Eclipse or it’ll be dearer but the lower depreciation and superior driver appeal will make up for it. Don’t touch the diesels.



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Edited by SLO76 on 27/10/2020 at 00:00

Kia Sportage - Kia Sportage vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - KB.

Why would anyone in their right mind even consider a Mitsubishi. Unless it was so ridiculously cheap you couldn't turn it down.

Knowing that Mitsubishi in the UK will become unsupported in a relatively short time should, surely, be enough to make you realise it's not a good idea.

Assuming you DID buy one, who is going to want to buy it from you in X number of years time?

Motoring history is littered with manufacturers that sold vehicles in the UK but don't any more. You wouldn't buy a Lada or a Bristol (OK, you might buy a Bristol if you were rich enough) .... but you get the gist .....

Edited by KB. on 27/10/2020 at 20:30

Kia Sportage - Kia Sportage vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - badbusdriver

That is just scaremongering. Even if the Ssangyong tie up doesn’t come to fruition, The Colt Car Company (the UK importer) has stated they will, “continue to provide full customer support in terms of service, repair, warranty, parts and accessories”. So owners of both new and used Mitsubishi’s will emphatically not become unsupported.

Have to commend you on your wide ranging knowledge on manufacturers no longer selling cars in the UK, Lada and, erm, Bristol!. I wonder if those two have ever been mentioned in the same sentence before?!.

Joking aside though, you seem to be oblivious to the fact that folk in the UK have been happily running cars not officially available here for decades. And you’d have to assume there is no real issues with getting parts for servicing and repairs, otherwise these folks wouldn’t be running those cars. Mitsubishi’s lineup in recent years certainly hasn’t been anything to write home about, but there is a strong and loyal fan base with the L200 and Shogun particularly, so the notion that you suddenly wouldn’t be able to get parts for one, or service it is absurd.

Is the Eclipse Cross the best car for the OP?, hard to say, horses for courses and all that. The motoring press consider it average at best, but I wouldn’t read too much into that. If it suits your needs and you like it, then I’d have no qualms over getting one. We had, through Motability, a Daihatsu Sirion, got it just before Daihatsu pulled out of the UK market. No problems with servicing, and were I looking for a cheap, small, spacious, reliable runabout, I’d happily have another now.

Going back to “You wouldn’t buy a Lada”. Well I would, and frequently look wistfully at examples for sale in other countries where they are widespread, such as Germany (I’d also have a Bristol, ideally a 405).

Kia Sportage - Kia Sportage vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - Manatee

I've had 10 years of Outlander ownership and I'll probably keep my current 4 year old for as long as it works. Nothing has gone wrong with it bar a puncture that I plugged this morning to keep it going temporarily while I noodle what sort of new tyres to buy. It's a decent workhorse, automatic, air conditioned, comfortable and spacious and it suits me but I wouldn't be buying a new Mitsubishi now even if I was in the market. A well priced used one, maybe.

That said there's literally nothing else I want. 'Performance' as in power doesn't interest me that much, and whilst it's true that Mitsubishis are about 10 years behind in interior styling that doesn't matter to me either, nor do I have anything to say to electric handbrakes, lane guidance, and the kind of cruise control that needlessly puts the brakes on unpredictably.

The Eclipse Cross is a new model so perhaps has more of these annoyances.

I will say the phone integration on mine is really too basic especially if you don't have navigation (which is not worth having compared to google maps on a phone anyway).

I think my Outlander will earn its keep over the next few months as we build a new house. I have an MX-5 for leisure motoring, which for perhaps obvious reasons has done less than a thousand miles this year.

Kia Sportage - Kia Sportage vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - KB.

Well, if I had the chance of buying either a Mitsubishi in the knowledge that Mitsubishi had announced their intention to withdraw the sale of new cars in the UK in the foreseeable future - versus a different, established and acknowledged manufacturer who HADN'T made a similar announcement then I'd stick with the latter. Primarily because, my reckoning is that, especially, in the current uncertainty I'd figure that I'd try to minimise the chance of a prospective new car's value dropping disproportionately due to the fact that they weren't actively dealing in new cars anymore. That's my view and if you disagree (as you evidently do) then that's fine.

And if you regard it as scaremongering then that's obviously also fine.

And I won't be buying a Lada just at the moment either.

Come to think of it, I'll probably give the Bristol a miss too. :-)

Kia Sportage - Kia Sportage vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - SLO76
“ That is just scaremongering. Even if the Ssangyong tie up doesn’t come to fruition, The Colt Car Company (the UK importer) has stated they will, “continue to provide full customer support in terms of service, repair, warranty, parts and accessories”. So owners of both new and used Mitsubishi’s will emphatically not become unsupported.”

I wouldn’t touch one without a huge discount despite their statement regarding ongoing dealer support. Residual values of any make which withdraws from the market are utterly ruined plus as numbers reduce fewer aftermarket suppliers will service the brand and many parts will quickly become dealer only which will see perfectly serviceable cars written-off prematurely. Their range is dated and poor compared to what they offered in the 80’s and 90’s, really there isn’t a class competitive car offered with a Mitsubishi badge in the UK. While it’s sad to see a once great brand leaving I fully agree why they’ve done it. We don’t need another Nissan building rebadged Renault’s and it would only hurt sales of UK built cars from Sunderland.
 

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