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Mitsubishi Pajero: Road

Mitsubishi’s top-spec Pajero has a little shine against the new Prado, but it’s still a offroad performer

Mitsubishi NT Exceed

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Guide (recommended price statutory and delivery charges):

Options fitted (not in above price): Pearlescent $495, Diff lock and alloy wheels $750 only)

Crash rating: (ANCAP)

Claimed fuel (L/100km): 9.0

CO2 emissions (g/km): 239

Pajero has never lacked for credibility, even when it from full-frame chassis to a with the NM platform, back in

In recent years though, the has steadily lost ground in volume to the Toyota Prado. its NT model Pajero, Mitsubishi has to whittle down the Prado’s by offering more variants in the but the Prado remains well in year-to-date sales.

Part of the for the Pajero is that the Prado is slightly cheaper and offers Descent Control — something the doesn’t, although it does satellite navigation and a rear-seat system, in mitigation.

There’s a lot of in the medium SUV segment these and some of the luxury segment have headed downmarket to life difficult for vehicles the Pajero. Land Rover’s 4 is a good example of what money will buy in the current — and in SE form it’s little than the Pajero Exceed, a lot of the Pajero’s standard features are for the Discovery.

If you can do without the Pajero’s seven-seat Jeep’s Grand Cherokee and Touareg are both mighty vehicles offroad and they’re in the ballpark as the Pajero for price.

that, the Pajero remains a and capable vehicle. Out in the forest, for it’s a highly competent Even where the Pajero lift a wheel (and the won’t) the Mitsubishi pushes forward on three wheels thanks to the optional rear lock and the Super Select 4WD II

One possibly unintended benefit of the lack of wheel articulation, is that its underbody is likely to clear of obstructions. On the same the Prado looked pretty to the deck at times, while all four wheels in contact the ground.

But the Pajero seemed better placed to safely the logs, stumps and rocks. little in the way of front or rear the Pajero didn’t graze on the way up, down or over, other the tow bar fitted at the rear.

With a capacity of 3000kg, the Pajero is likely to remain a popular among grey nomads and who tow stuff for lifestyle reasons.

The was very taut over that would readily the torsional rigidity of other SUVs. There were no at all, either, although of the interior fixtures did rattle a

The 3.2-litre direct-injection engine has Euro4-compliant for a while now, and is more refined than it was in the of the NP Pajero. Combined with the five-speed automatic it’s agreeable, but owners must the Pajero offroad to experience the in its best light.

Offroad, the excels; holding speeds on without any extra juice fed to it and there’s no turbo lag to speak of. It more grunt than the diesel, although the Land Discovery’s 3.0-litre engine more than 30kW power and in excess of 100Nm the Pajero’s torque peak.

some country touring urban commuting, the Pajero’s computer recorded average consumption figures ranging 11.2L/100km up to about 15.

Unlike the days when the direct-injection was first matched to the Pajero, the in the latest model doesn’t the whole vehicle to roll and forth on its springs during but it’s still definitely a from its soundtrack. Even at speeds the drivetrain rumble is and practically swamps the wind

There’s no discernible sound the Yokohama Geolander A/T-S proving that they’re a choice for the Pajero — offering grip offroad considering on-road demeanour.

Fitted to the optional 17-inch wheels, the Yokies took of the curse off the Pajero’s firm on the road, soaking up some of the niggles in the road surface. The wheels measure 18 inches and the might very well be again, but then the Pajero’s behaviour might be slightly too.

While the Pajero is a but determined understeerer, as reported in our launch review written two years ago. it stepped out at the on a section of wet bitumen, entering a on a trailing throttle — and the stability was a little late getting

Still, the Mitsubishi remains a safe handling machine for its and offroad-focused temperament. Steering feel and turn-in is on the slow but this is to be expected with a that copes better than the majority of its rivals in the SUV segment. It also felt a more wieldy than the did.

Keeping the Pajero and its engine in check, the brakes highly assisted through the but they need to be, given the towing capacity of 3000kg.

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the Pajero, more than one member from on the lack of knee room in the seats, but the second row is much at accommodating kids and adults

We tried out the third row and found it something. It takes a while to set up, for a and getting there can be a struggle — but not the access is stingy. As a matter of it’s easier getting to the seat than in the Prado.

The main problem is getting the seat raised out of the floorwell and the seat tipped forward in the instance. There’s a fairly process to achieve this and it’s made more still with the cargo to remove.

Naturally the blind is too to stow in the vestige of luggage after the rear kiddies’ is raised into position. a two-part, hinged floor that conceals the seat and too must be left behind in the if you’re transporting more five. Then it’s a of lifting the heavy seat out of its — a two-handed job for most users — and forward until the base in place.

Lifting the backrest place requires both free, one to push the side up to release the lock and then the to haul the backrest up from its position. At the halfway raised you must then switch holding one lever in the unlocked to another up on the side of the backrest to it back further.

Getting in the ’40 per cent’ seat on the side is not straightforward either; two levers to fold the backrest and then raise and tip forward the against the rear of the front seat. Once again, moderately heavy and the process be done with just the one

Our recollection of the Discovery 4 was that it was similarly convoluted to set up for seven-seat at least it was intuitive and could be faster and easier than in the

Despite the degree of difficulty the Pajero, it’s ultimately accommodating than the Prado all the heavy lifting is done — but the remains the outstanding example of the art.

Up front, Pajero’s were not overly supportive and flat in the squab. While the of controls and instruments passes the the Rockford Fosgate audio really needs a volume — it would be much to use than the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ at the side of the touchscreen interface in the fascia, and also on the steering

Although a subjective view, I found the steering wheel finished in a combination of leather and woodgrain, unappealing. And there’s no adjustment. The steering column can be and lowered, but that’s it.

For most that won’t pose a since the Pajero’s driving is upright and allows the driver to the seat height and relationship the pedals (and the wheel) to All the same, it seems like an in an SUV flagship selling for close to

And it’s the price that the Pajero in the Exceed grade up some compelling rivals. At its the Pajero is a capable vehicle, but the can be had for less money. And while it be more expensive and offer kit, the Discovery 4 is not really at a especially if towing capacity is all

However, despite its shortcomings, a bit too early to write off the top-spec It can still tow 3000kg, and has that fixture much loved by — the all-important kids’ system.

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Published. Monday, 22 2011

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