Prices for this Eclipse Cross sit mainly in the £21,500 to £30,000 bracket common to family hatch-based 'C'-segment 'Qashqai-class' SUVs of this kind. Or at least the volume maker models in this segment anyway. As for engines, well to start with, this car's available only with a 1.5-litre petrol unit but there is a choice of drive layouts that starts with the 2WD variant we tried, available with either a manual or an auto gearbox. We think it's well worth finding the £1,500 premium to graduate up to a 4WD model, an extra charge that includes a CVT auto gearbox. As for trim levels, well there's an entry-level '2'-spec 2WD manual derivative, but most buyers will want either mid-range '3'-spec or our test car's top '4'-spec.
Even the entry-level front-driven manual '2'-spec variant comes with quite a lot of kit, including 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, auto headlamps with auto high beam, front fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, rear privacy glass, heated powered mirrors, an alarm and a full quota of electronic safety kit - which we'll get to in a minute. Inside, there's automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, a reversing camera, leather for the steering wheel and gear knob and sliding and reclining rear seats. Infotainment's taken care of by a 'Smartphone Link Display' audio system with a 7-inch screen from which you can access a 6-speaker DAB audio system, Bluetooth connections and smartphone-mirroring via 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto'.