The Mitsubishi Pajero is a heavy-duty off-roading car that has been able to give its rivals a real run for their money with its independent rear suspension and direct-injection diesel power. The latest model now has some nice revisions to it, including a new front bumper, front guards, side steps and rear deflector, as well as a nice chrome radiator grille to give it an impressive presence. You’ll also get 18-inch alloy wheels, high intensity discharge headlamps and front LED daytime running lights as standard.
In addition to that fierce exterior, if you opt for the GLS trim (which is the middle of the range option), you’ll also get the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System with satellite navigation, reversing sensors, rain sensing wipers and dusk sensing headlamps, as well as heated and power-adjustable front seats and partial leather-trimmed seats. All of this may seem a little expensive for the average driver, but in comparison to some of the other rival cars, it is actually a pretty good deal for the amount of equipment you’re getting, and not to mention the 5 stars on the ANCAP rating as a seal of quality and safety too!
Mitsubishi did a good job with reducing the amount of noise in the cabin and the Pajero is exceptionally well insulated and quiet, save for the bumpiest of roads. The automatic engine doesn’t give you too much power though and you might find it a bit trying to overtake and get up to speed on single lane roads but gear changing is smooth and the steering is balanced enough. The car has a small enough turning circle so that you don’t have to worry about cornering or tight spaces but you’ll also be glad for the parking sensors and rear view camera when you need to park given its size.
The 4 wheel drive option will be fun for drivers though as it’ll give you a fair amount of traction (as good as the tyres you have on) and it won’t slack too much if you decide to take it off road. The Pajero doesn’t too well on slopes, up or down though, and the diesel engine will be a better choice in general if you intend to be travelling on terrain more often.
The Pajero sits very high and it might be a bit difficult to get in, unless you opt for the VRX trim with side steps. Otherwise, getting a hold of the grab handles at the door means hauling yourself up. The height means a good view all around though the seats are a bit hard and flat and lack the electric adjustment unless you opt for higher trim options (again like the VRX).
The 7 seat option is standard and the seats can fold flat, and the 3rd row can even be entirely removed to give you an amazing amount of flexible boot space depending on the items that you need to transport. The 2nd row passengers and front passengers won’t be complaining about space and the people right at the back will be comfortable in terms of head, leg and shoulder room.
If you need space, then you’ll get it with the Pajero. It’s also reliable if you’re going off road and it’s comfortable enough if you just need it to get from A to B. You might as well start looking at car financing options while you take this baby out for a test drive so you can really have all the cards on the table to make your decision!