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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 4: Magic Hour

Mitsubishi have a clear history when it comes to the design and building of compact SUVs of which the Eclipse Cross is another to be added to it’s illustrious predecessors. Like the short wheelbase Shogun or 2005s original SUV, the Outlander. And of course it was the Outlander, Mitsubishi tell us, that was the world’s first compact SUV to offer an environmentally friendly PZEV V6 engine, a quality also pioneered by today’s Eclipse Cross with it’s in-line 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC MIVEC direct-injection petrol engine with turbocharger, intercooler and Auto Stop & Go technology.

What everyone wants with their new purchase is a vehicle that stands out from the crowd, a SUV that displays something a little different from everyone else and with the Mitsubishi you’ve certainly got that. Mitsubishi themselves nail it when they describe their Eclipse Cross: Robust below the waistline reflecting its 4×4 heritage, it is fierce from the front, flowing from the side with heavily flared front and rear arches and coupe-style roof line, and features a truly distinctive rear. This is the brand new face of Mitsubishi and it’s all good. The rear of the vehicle is distinctive without being over the top and combines beautifully with that refreshingly modern rear strip flowing between the lights with the accentuated wheel arches offering a sporting profile that compliments the high waistline. Indeed, the Eclipse Cross offers a rather more bespoke feel than could be reasonably expected.

Under the skin you’ve got thoroughly modern 4×4 architecture, which should come as no surprise, this is a Mitsubishi after all and moves the Eclipse Cross away from the more regular two wheel drive opposition. After all, if you’re going to have a SUV, it really should offer the driving experience that the looks promise.

With Mitsubishi having achieved five World Rally Championship titles and more Dakar Rally wins than anyone else, I think it’s clear that they know what they’re doing when it comes to offering all-wheel-drive in a vehicle. When underway, the S-AWC, Mitsubishi say, gathers information on steering, brakes, driveline and yaw, and then controls the 4×4 system and the brakes across the axles to direct torque to the wheel with most grip. What this means for the driver is that on the Eclipse Cross standard mode (Auto on the dial) torque is split 80:20 with more sent backwards when it’s needed, whilst Snow receives a greater rear-wheel-bias and it culminates in a 40:60 front:rear split for Gravel.

The result of all this clever technology is an SUV that really does offer increased straight line stability, enhanced cornering and increased traction and control, even when the weather and conditions conspire against you. The thing is, when (MotorMartin is based in Yorkshire after all) you need extra traction and the confidence that that gives you, the system in the Eclipse Cross allows you to concentrate fully on keeping smooth and the road ahead rather than worrying about what the car itself is going to be doing. Excellent.

For those of you used to the more utilitarian interiors of older 4x4s, sitting in the Mitsubishi is going to come as quite a shock. If the exterior of the Eclipse Cross impresses then the interior raises your expectations even more so with technology and style aplenty. Dominating the centre console and usually the preserve of something a little more Germanic, you have the touch pad controller, a simple to use feature that allows you to control the Smartphone Link Display Audio housed in a neat screen on top of the dash. And it’s the rather clever Link Display that allows you to maximise the features of your Smartphone, meaning that mapping is current and traffic updates live. You can even talk to your car using your phone’s voice control system which is extremely handing when needing to change the Sat Nav destination on the move or access your own music rather than the banal offerings on DAB and beyond.

Of course there’s leather heated seats, a Rockford Fosgate premium 9-speaker system and an impressive power panoramic glass roof helping to create a bright and airy cabin. What you probably won’t realise though is that the Eclipse Cross also offers the discerning driver LED headlamps with washers, a 360-degree camera, Blind Spot Warning & Rear Cross Traffic Alert Lane Change Assist and my own personal favourite the Adaptive Cruise Control (CVT 4WD model). And have I mentioned the superb colour Head-up display?

Once you’re out on the road, you can really start to feel what Mitsubishi were hoping to achieve with their Eclipse Cross as the stylish exterior perfectly complements the composed nature of the drive ahead. From the high up driving position typical of the Mitsubishi’s SUV architecture the Eclipse Cross does an excellent job of isolating you and your passengers from the imperfections ever present on the roads of this green and pleasant land of ours.

Heading off along the M62, on the first leg of a journey destined to finish on the beautiful Island of Anglesey and the first thing that strikes you is what a comfortable cruiser the Mitsubishi really is. With the Adaptive cruise control set to 70mph you really can begin to relax as the car removes the obvious stress that the average motorway brings about. Automatically speeding up and slowing down depending on the traffic around you plus the added security of a Forward Collision Mitigation system which provides an audible warning and braking assistance at speeds of up to 50mph, means that motorway miles fly-by giving you a chance to focus on the ride comfort and willingness of the power plant under the bonnet for a change.

Driven by Mitsubishi’s brand new 1.5 turbo direct injection petrol engine with Auto Stop & Go, this is power plant that provides excellent ‘real life’ power and performance that suits the Eclipse Cross perfectly. An SUV that delivers 118 bhp at 5500 rpm whilst offering 184 lb/ft torque between 1800-4500 rpm doesn’t tell the whole story especially if you’re looking purely at the figures and yet a 0-62 mph time of 9.8s suggests that this isn’t a car that is slow off the mark. As ever though, it’s the performance out on the road rather than on the track where the Eclipse Cross really makes itself known. Off the motorway and out onto the A and B roads of North Wales is where this SUV really starts to earn it’s money as it seamlessly transforms from a high mileage cruiser into a sporty upstart intent on releasing your inner youth. What this means in practice is that you can start to have serious amounts of fun whilst still transporting yourself and associated paraphernalia (family etc.) up hill and down dale. Suspension, so cosseting when travelling to your destination, allows for perfect control through the bends and road imperfections to be soaked up once arrived.

Mated to this engine is a CVT auto with 8-speed sport mode and manual override, a new generation Continuously Variable automatic Transmission which provides power seamlessly for a smoother ride and reduced power loss matches the engine perfectly allowing you to use the available power whenever necessary. There’s also the small matter of a combined mpg of 40.4, a more than reasonable figure for a car of this sort.

And it’s this ‘real life’ ability of the drivetrain that so impresses when using the Eclipse Cross everyday. Supermarkets, the school run and journeys further afield offer a variety of situations that fail to dent the abilities of this impressive SUV, an SUV which manages to combine comfort, technology and style in such a way as to create a quite unique combination, plus there’s the small matter of a superb and intuitive all-wheel drive system ready for when the need arises.

With a starting price of £21,915 you are getting an awful lot of car for the money.

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Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 4: About You

We’ve been lucky enough at MotorMartin Towers to have spent time with a couple of Mitsubishi’s timeless LWB Shoguns over the last couple of years and have always been rather reluctant to return them to Mitsubishi Motors UK due to their excellent mix of old school power, superior off road manners and thoroughly modern technology. And yet, (whisper it quietly) it was becoming more and more difficult to see where Mitsubishi could go next without losing that which made the Shogun special in the first place. What to do then?

Fortunately, Mitsubishi had no such worries, deciding very early on which direction to follow when the inevitable upgrade time was beginning to make itself known. What Mitsubishi have done is what we would all probably like to do in so many areas of our own lives, improve the areas that needed it, keep those bits that everybody liked and finish everything off with looks that are thoroughly modern and yet contain subtle clues to the past.

What Mitsubishi have come up with is this, the all-new Mitsubishi Shogun Sport and it certainly hits the spot. Marvellous. There’s a definite and quite deliberate family resemblance to the strikingly handsome front grille, reminding the casual viewer of the L200 pick up, ASX and Outlander which, in MotorMartin’s opinion, is certainly no bad thing. But here’s the rub, there’s such strong lines and personality added to this Shogun Sport that it creates an image all of it’s own.

Rather cleverly, those of you that already know and love the 2018 Shogun LWB, will find much that is familiar in this all-new Sport. Despite those ultra modern looks, the Mitsubishi is still made with the ruggedness and do it all, go anywhere qualities that we expect from the brand, qualities that have been updated and improved with every new model. Off road, with Super Select 4WD, Rear Differential Lock, for superior traction, Off Road Mode and Hill Descent Control, the Sport is still equipped with enough technology to see it overcome everything and anything that this green and pleasant land of ours has to offer.

On road, there is still much to admire as the Sport gets an opportunity to show you how and where the improvements have been made over the 2018 Shogun. Getting into the Mitsubishi using the chunky hand holds attached to the A-pillars is a welcome throwback to its more utilitarian forebears and allows you easy access to the well appointed cabin, even for those with a shorter inside leg.

Heated, fully adjustable leather seats as well as the ability to transport up to seven in comfort is a bonus especially as the two additional rear seats in the boot space are easy and quick to set up as and when necessary. Upfront, the driver is well catered for and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Mitsubishi had added every conceivable piece of technology that they could find so well specced is the Shogun Sport.

Located neatly between the speedometer and rev counter, the Mitsubishi offers a comprehensive multi info display which gives you full journey information at a glance including Fuel economy, estimated miles remaining, outside temperature and more. There’s also a 360-degree camera system , Blind Spot Warning, Forward Collision Mitigation system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Unintended Acceleration Mitigation System, Front parking sensors, 8 speakers with 510W amplifier, Satellite Navigation, dual-zone climate control, Keyless operation with engine start/stop, DAB radio, Bluetooth® hands-free telephone connection and music streaming as well as smartening up the cabin with an electronic parking brake. The interior of the Shogun Sport offers luxury when needed combined with the feeling that this is also a place that would shake off the flotsam and jetsam accrued by your more adventurous journeys. Job done in MotorMartin’s opinion.

On the road and the first thing that grabs your attention is the more refined feel you get than that achieved by last year’s Shogun, an effect achieved by the matching up of an all-new 8 speed automatic gearbox with the Mitsubishi’s 2.4L diesel engine. This pairing works very effectively, delivering power of 179bhp at 3500rpm and torque of 317 lb/ft at 2500rpm. Do not be confused by the sleeker lines of the Sport, this engine delivers traditional Shogun pomp and circumstance whenever and wherever it is required. There’s also impressive fuel economy figures for a vehicle of this size of up to 32.8mpg combined and emissions of 227 g/km.

The net result of the power and torque on offer from the Shogun’s four cylinder, turbocharged power plant gives you a deceptively strong shove in the back as you push your foot to the floor, the 8 speed box dropping you directly into the Mitsubishi’s power band. 0-62mph of 11.0s and a (irrelevant) top speed of 112mph means that this Shogun Sport will cruise all day long at motorway speeds with the limiting factor being how often you and your passengers need to stop, this is a car that is all day comfortable. The technology and driver aids previously mentioned also help the longer journeys fly by with my particular favourite being the Adaptive Cruise Control, a quite brilliant bit of kit that once switched on allows you to set your speed and desired distance from the vehicle in front then let the Shogun maintain your settings until you press the brake. The system is so simple to use it becomes second nature to allow the Mitsubishi to remove the strain from driving long distances whilst providing you with an additional safety aid to compensate for increasingly unreliable behaviour on the crowded roads of today.

Suspension that copes admirably when traversing both on and off road delivers a surprisingly comfortable ride quality on the pot holed roads we call home but press on and the Sport delivers as well. Of course the chassis won’t deliver a experience akin to one of Mitsubishi’s legendary EVO models but then it’s not supposed too. What it does give you is a supremely practical family car that can, when required, give the drivers enough tools to provide more than enough fun when the everyday humdrum is completed.

Safe, powerful, well specced, comfortable, practical and economical within it’s class, the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport is a more than capable addition to the range. It’s a SUV that is more than worthy of it’s Shogun badge, a SUV that will challenge you every day to find it’s limits. You know what though, it’s extremely unlikely that you ever will.

The price? The Sport starts at £37,775 and that my friends, is still great value.

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Peugeot 5008 SUV 2.0L BlueHDi EAT8 180: Sail On Through

A week on the Island of Anglesey in North Wales, should provide the 5008 GT with ample opportunity to impress, especially once filled to bursting with holiday clothing and equipment and will show once and for all if it can indeed provide a journey that leaves you wanting for nothing. 

A boot offering  952 litres of storage up to the parcel shelf and a potential 2,150 litres there really is no excuse for being unable to pack all of that you may require. Indeed, for the average family holiday there should be no problems at all cramming suitcases, body boards and associated beach paraphernalia into the 5008’s capacious rear. Upfront you’re also catered for with cubby-holes, pockets and clever storage solutions. Lovely.

You’ve also got Peugeot’s i-Cockpit® where each iteration of the dash improves upon the previous so that what we have now is a configurable 12.3″ head-up digital instrument panel which is a thoroughly well developed and user friendly piece of kit. You’ve got a fully customisable series of settings which allow you to display exactly the information you need directly ahead of yourself. The beauty of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit® is in it’s positioning directly in the eye line of the driver, meaning that you can keep glancing at your speed without looking away from the road itself.

Then there’s the driving itself. With a seating position benefiting from the usual SUV plus points of height and accompanying visual range you’re already one step ahead of the game. Strong lines of site allow for excellent views through traffic or country lanes giving you that crucial advantage when it comes to planning your next move or anticipating other cars’ activity. Just what you need when exploring the smaller roads criss crossing Anglesey’s interior.

On the motorway linking Britain to it’s Welsh neighbour, the Peugeot offers a driving experience that is simplicity itself. Set the adaptive cruise control to 70mph and just let the accomplished 5008 GT do what it does best, keeping up with the traffic and making excellent progress. A quiet and comfortable cabin offers you everything you would expect in 2019 whilst the Peugeot’s 8.0″ capacitive touchscreen allows access to the Automatic dual zone climate control, DAB Radio, Bluetooth music streaming and calls, Mirror Screen®: (Apple CarPlayTM, Android Auto and MirrorLink®) and Connected 3D navigation: includes TomTom® Live updates keep you occupied.

It’s when you get off the motorway though that this Peugeot SUV really starts to entertain. You know you’re in for some fun once Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge (opened on 30th Jan 1826) appears on the horizon as this signals an end to traffic and frustration and represents the doorway to adventure. Why? Head out on the A5025, Pentraeth Road and you’re immediately transported to a rare driving experience due to a lack of traffic and a stretch of tarmac that follows the contours and elevation changes of the local topography providing the 5008 with an opportunity to shine.

Using the 5008’s 177 bhp @ 3750 rpm provided by it’s 1997cc, 8 speed diesel power plant and an impressive 295 lb/ft torque accessed low down at just 2000 rpm means that the Peugeot has a rather surprising turn of speed whilst also offering up to 58.9 mpg. And with the benefit of a smooth and intelligent automatic gearbox, the Peugeot is able to access it’s power exactly when and where it is needed.

Overall, the 5008 GT is a more than worthy addition to Peugeot’s SUV range as it’s a thoroughly modern, efficient, practical and good looking SUV. One that also offers up to seven seats when necessary. The best bit? You can have an entry level car on your drive from only £26,259 and that is a bargain.

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Peugeot 5008 SUV 2.0L BlueHDi EAT8 180: Wasn’t Born To Follow

Peugeot say the following about their all-new 5008 SUV: The ultimate in SUV luxury, any journey no matter the distance will leave you wanting for nothing. Which I think you’ll agree, is a very bold statement. But think back to the 2008 and 3008, for anyone fortunate enough to have experienced either of these two family motors you’ll realise that Peugeot have every reason to be confident with the 5008. Success breeds success and all that. Indeed, MotorMartin was confident enough regarding the impressive 3008 SUV to state: I have driven the future and it is a Peugeot 3008. Equally bold then.

So what does this preamble mean for the latest addition to Peugeot’s growing SUV department? Quite simply that this 5008 needs to be good, better make that exceptionally good if it is not to become overshadowed by the already excellent, if slightly smaller 3008.

A week on the Island of Anglesey in North Wales, should provide the 5008 GT with ample opportunity to impress, especially once filled to bursting with holiday clothing and equipment and will show once and for all if it can indeed provide a journey that leaves you wanting for nothing. 

With a boot offering  952 litres of storage up to the parcel shelf, rising to a potential 2,150 litres with the middle row seats lowered, loading to the roof, using the underfloor storage, there really is no excuse for being unable to pack all of that you may require. Indeed, for the average family holiday there should be no problems at all cramming suitcases, body boards and associated beach paraphernalia into the 5008’s capacious rear. Upfront you’re also catered for with a plethora of cubby-holes, pockets and clever storage solutions, far more than most people should ever need (many of which are flock lined.) And then there’s perhaps my favourite clever piece of kit, the wireless charging mat for your smartphone, a feature once sampled, forever missed.

What else then can point towards Peugeot’s commitment to providing the potential purchaser with The ultimate in SUV luxury? Now when I think of luxury, my mind often wanders towards a relaxing massage, comfortable ambience and a delightful scent. No really… It therefore came as quite a surprise to find that I’m not the only one as those clever folk down in the depths of the PSA Group’s R & D department also define luxury in those terms. Once you, the driver, have adjusted the seat and steering to the required positions you can start to play around with the huge variety of settings on offer. Ambient lighting, different cabin scents, seat heating and a multi point massage function mix beautifully with the Nappa Mistral full grain leather trim to provide both comfort aplenty and support. A job well done in MotorMartin’s opinion.

Now comes the clever part though. If you’ve been exploring the outer reaches of civilisation or have not had access to printed or digital media of late, then you may not be aware of Peugeot’s innovative i-Cockpit® and the impact it’s had on their currant range. Each iteration of the dash appears to improve upon the previous so that what we have now is a configurable 12.3″ head-up digital instrument panel which is a thoroughly well developed and user friendly piece of kit. You’ve got a fully customisable series of settings which allow you to display exactly the information you need directly ahead of yourself. The beauty of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit® is in it’s positioning directly in the eye line of the driver, meaning that you can keep glancing at your speed without looking away from the road itself. Excellent.

And then there’s the driving experience itself. With a seating position benefiting from the usual SUV plus points of height and accompanying visual range you’re already one step ahead of the game. Strong lines of site allow for excellent views through traffic or country lanes giving you that crucial advantage when it comes to planning your next move or anticipating other cars’ activity. Just what you need when exploring the smaller roads criss crossing Anglesey’s interior.

On the motorway linking Britain to it’s Welsh neighbour, the Peugeot offers a driving experience that is simplicity itself. Set the adaptive cruise control to 70mph and just let the accomplished 5008 GT do what it does best, keeping up with the traffic and making excellent progress. The miles simply disappear. A quiet and comfortable cabin offers you everything you would expect in 2018 whilst the Peugeot’s 8.0″ capacitive touchscreen allows access to the Automatic dual zone climate control, DAB Radio, Bluetooth music streaming and calls, Mirror Screen®: (Apple CarPlayTM, Android Auto and MirrorLink®) and Connected 3D navigation: includes TomTom® Live updates keep you occupied.

It’s when you get off the motorway though that this Peugeot SUV really starts to surprise and entertain. You know you’re in for some fun once Thomas Telford’s incredible Menai Suspension Bridge (opened on 30th Jan 1826) appears on the horizon as this signals an end to traffic and frustration and represents the doorway to adventure. Why? Head out on the A5025, Pentraeth Road and you’re immediately transported to a driving experience of twenty or so years ago, a lack of traffic and a stretch of tarmac that follows the contours and elevation changes of the local topography provides the 5008 with an opportunity to shine.

The 5008 SUV’s Compact multi-function steering wheel comes into it’s own away from the motorway as it offers the driver a clear view of the car’s instruments as well as, in Peugeot’s words, providing heightened responses and improved agility in the corners. What this means out in the real world is that you have a good sized family car that can also be hustled along as and when necessary. It’s no 308 GTi By Peugeot Sport but it’s certainly impressive nonetheless. Keep things smooth and the Peugeot’s suspension keeps everything on the straight and narrow offering good control and feedback through the steering as well as communicating to the driver the levels of grip available. It really is the best of both worlds as you’ve got a family size SUV that can transport you, your family and associated paraphernalia across this green and pleasant land of ours and then when you arrive, there’s fun to be had.

Using the 5008’s 177 bhp @ 3750 rpm provided by it’s 1997cc, 8 speed diesel power plant and an impressive 295 lb/ft torque accessed low down at just 2000 rpm means that the Peugeot has a rather surprising turn of speed whilst also offering up to 58.9 mpg. And with the benefit of a smooth and intelligent automatic gearbox, the Peugeot is able to access it’s power exactly when and where it is needed.

Overall, the 5008 GT is a more than worthy addition to Peugeot’s SUV range and continues the good work started by both the 2008 and 3008. What you now have is a choice of model that best fits you and your family and all with the knowledge that whichever you choose, you’re getting a thoroughly modern, efficient, practical and good looking SUV. One that also offers up to seven seats when necessary. The best bit? You can have an entry level car on your drive from only £26,259 and that is a bargain.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB: Real Desire

There’s a Rolls-Royce Phantom sitting elegantly outside of MotorMartin Towers and it’s there for four full days. Four days of luxury, cosseting and being made to feel like royalty. It’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it.

The interior is as luxurious as you hoped it would be with carpets deep enough to dive into, leather of a quality unlike any other car you’ve ever sat in before and that incredible mixture of old school feel and thoroughly modern technology that defines the current model. Comfortable? Of course. Tech? Most definitely. Think of something you’d like in a car and the chances are, it’s already in the Phantom and is remarkably simple to control and use through the elegant control dial. Bespoke art across the dash? Absolutely.

The rear of this Extended WheelBase model lives up to it’s name and then some, offering your two passengers a seven star experience worthy of the very best hotel. The difference being that this luxury accommodation can also transport you from and too your favourite destinations in complete comfort. Seats that heat, cool, massage and recline, hidden footrests that rise from the floor combine with the all important champagne fridge and flutes allow for journeys to be looked forward too as a chance to unwind and relax, cushioned from all imperfections of the outside world. An incredible multi media centre for each passenger, easily controlled from a central control, keeps even the most demanding guest happy and helps to create that feeling of contemplation that we all need from time to time. One could very easily get used to this.

At 5982 mm in length, 2018 mm in width and with an unladen weight of 2610 kg, the Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB could be quite intimidating to the uninitiated after all, this car has presence unlike any other on the road today. There’s also a V12 engine with twin turbos and 6749 cc which produces a more than reasonable 563 bhp @ 5000 rpm whilst offering up 664 lb/ft torque @ 1700 rpm propelling the Phantom forward in a manner that makes it’s size simply disappear. A 0-60 mph of 5.2 secs is sports car quick.

And the Rolls’ greatest achievement? This Phantom EWB is just so easy to drive. Far from being intimidating, once used to the size you find yourself driving the Rolls-Royce as you would any other car, the steering is so light you could steer with just one finger if you so desired whilst the sophisticated suspension keeps body roll to an absolute minimum and does an amazing job of isolating front and rear passengers from all imperfections in the road’s surface. Double glazed windows, of course, complete the feeling of calm that pervades the interior which, when combined with the car’s sophisticated driving aids, makes for an incredibly relaxing state of mind as you waft along to your destination, be that the supermarket, a business meeting or driving across Europe just for the hell of it.

Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, as is a sense of worth, but even the most cynical would have to admit that the Phantom is a beautiful piece of automotive sculpture, a shape still instantly recognisable today, a feat unique amongst it’s peers.

In MotorMartin’s opinion, Rolls-Royce is to be celebrated for taking it’s long held values and tradition and transporting those qualities into their present day products. The Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB is expensive as it absolutely should be. After all, it combines a standard of build quality, style and performance that is simply breathtaking.

It’s a celebration of the motorcar and all that it can be. And for that, we should all be utterly thankful.

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