Reviewed for you: Mitsubishi Pajero
Mitsubishi has given its Triton-based Pajero Sport a facelift for 2020 with some noticeable enhancements outside and not as visible improvements underneath. Here’s everything you need to know.
What’s the price and what do you get?
There are three trims to choose in the Pajero Sport lineup: GLX, GLS and Exceed. While GLX is the base model, it’s also the only model to be restricted to five-seats. The GLS offers both two and three-row seating, and the Exceed is a seven-seat only proposition..
All three Pajero Sport models look just about the same outside, with 18-inch alloys, chrome highlights and roof rails across the range. What you don’t see on the base is a sunroof. Underneath the bonnet is a 2.4-litre diesel turbo engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive system
Standard equipment inside the GLX includes fabric trim seats, an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, single-zone climate control, AEB, non-adaptive cruise control, and automatic headlights and wipers. You also get Mitsubishi’s current seven-year warranty and two-years free servicing.
Mitsubishi Australia pricing is nearly always set at sharp driveaway deals. Currently, the GLX costs $45,990 driveaway, the GLS 5-seat costs $52,490, GLS 7-seat $53,990, and the Exceed is $59,990. You do get a lot of extra equipment in the Exceed though, such as adaptive cruise control, automatic tailgate, sunroof, remote vehicle control via mobile app (for certain functions), a digital driver’s dash and a full leather interior.
What’s the interior like?
It’s really well laid out inside the Pajero Sport and you feel comfortable as soon as you slide in. Most materials are nice to look at and touch and everything feels solid. The GLX has only manually-adjustable seat controls, but they provide a good range of adjustment and the tilt-and-reach steering finds a good spot too. Other models have electric adjustment.
Looking across the dash, the infotainment and controls stand out over the pre-facelift models, with new metallic silver finishes to dials, including the high and low range selector, and a nicer infotainment system. If you want sat-nav built-in, you’ll need to buy the Exceed which has TomTom maps, otherwise, you’ll need to use your Apple or Android phone connected to CarPlay or Auto respectively.
For charging devices, there are plenty of ports in the cabin, including a 240v Australian-standard plug socket in the back of the centre console. There are no vents down there, but they do sit in the roof (for both second and third-row spots) and are quite effective at heating and cooling the big cabin.
What’s the passenger space like?
There’s plenty of space between both the front passengers and the legroom is good upfront and in the rear for either kids or adults. Upfront, above where the gear selector sits, there has been some reworking to the centre storage, and the door pockets remain large and deep. The fold-down centre backrest has cupholders for the second row.
Now, while this is not a seven-seater and there’s no option to do so, the boot is larger without the fold-away third-row, touting 673-litres over the seven-seat’s smaller 502L.
What’s under the bonnet?
The engine is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It produces 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm which is enough for effortless touring and good towing performance.
Noise and vibrations are also a minimum from the oiler, and fuel economy is reasonable – Mitsubishi claims 8.0L/100km on the government combined cycle which is frugal for such a large car.
Joined to the engine is the Mitsubishi Super Select II four-wheel-drive system, which can switch from two-high and four-high (with a 40:60 torque split front and rear) – both of which can be driven full-time – and four-low for serious, low-speed offroading.
What’s it like on the road?
It’s a big wagon but the Pajero Sport is easy to navigate around town and into smaller carparks. Measuring 1815mm wide it’s reasonably narrow, and light steering makes city and suburban driving pretty easy. It also has a nice high position with open vision both out front and back through the rear.
Heading off sealed roads, the ride feels a touch of underlying firmness on eroded gravel but it feels safe and sturdy at all times. You can then capture that feeling and apply it for offroad duties, as the Pajero Sport is a very approachable and easy-to-drive car when hitting the tracks.
The Super Select II four-wheel-drive system is simple to use and provides a great safety net, as it can drive in four-high (4H) full-time regardless of speed and conditions, which means you can add some traction from the front wheels in wet or slippery conditions.
When the going gets tougher you slip it into four-high or low with the diff lock engaged, making easy work of most scrabbly paths. And the same is for downhill, using the hill descent control to automatically set speed steadily on steep declines. It’s pretty simple point-and-shoot offroading, made simple by gravel, mud, sand, snow and rock modes that change the engine and traction control settings depending on the surface.
What about safety?
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport holds a five-star ANCAP rating and comes equipped with airbags, traction control, electronic stability control, and AEB.
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