Saw the Eclipse in the raw at the showroom and did not have to squeeze with the Motor Show crowd. Had ample time to scrutinise the interior and built quality
- Made in Japan
- Spacious and sits 5 comfortably with ample leg room
- Low road tax with 1.5 turbo engine
- Insurance premium loading with turbo engine
- Drinks heavily if you rev the engine hard
- Initially turbo lag in moving the heavy 1.5 tonnes kerb weight
- Poor installation of locally fitted leather seats - leather is loosely fitted on the seats and folds are visible
- Plastic interior - sounds hollow when you tap on it
- Limited boot space
- Doors are very light and does not close with a solid thud
- Looks can be an acquired taste - especially the rear
- Costly to purchase $128K - priced at the same range as Hyundai Tucson 1.6 turbo and Toyota CH-R - many better value options at significantly cost savings avail -
Subaru XV 2.0 $103K
Subaru Forester 2.0 $106K (best contender)
Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 7 seater MPV $124K
Mazda CX3 2.0 - $117K
While a turbo engine can give an initial burst in acceleration, how long can a car on steriods sustain before it runs out of breadth? Think of Ben Johnson. If the turbo decides to retire prematurely which is common, you must plan to burn a big hole in your pocket.
I would take the Japan made Subaru Forester 2.0 and save $20K.
Edited by Vinceng, 14 January 2018 - 11:51 AM.