Drive – Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD Review

28 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD Review
Mitsubishi Pajero


Noisy engine


Road manners on bitumen

No steering-wheel reach

While updated significantly in the Mitsubishi Pajero remains the same capable four-wheel-drive that emerged after the generational change in 2000. But keeps caressing the package, equipment and making cosmetic for the 2012 generation.


and equipment

We’re testing the the second-highest grade in a five-model As per all its siblings, apart from the Exceed, the VRX has dropped petrol V6 which means the only is the 3.2-litre turbo diesel mated to a five-speed automatic.


Pricing rises by to $70,890 (plus on-road and costs), pitching the VRX between the Prado GXL and VX models.


The important addition to VRX this is an auto-dimming rear-view mirror a built-in reversing monitor. also a new front bumper and grille, new-look 18-inch wheels and a change to red dash-light


Already standard is seating, a powered driver’s and part-powered front passenger (both are heated), a Rockford 12-speaker audio system, connectivity, auxiliary and USB inputs, a DVD player, dual-zone climate airconditioning, cruise control, third-row seats, security xenon headlights, roof and a full-size spare.


Safety equipment six airbags, stability control, camera and rear parking

Under the bonnet

The 3.2-litre engine employs common-rail injection and an intercooled turbocharger to 147kW at 3800rpm and 441Nm at The official economy claim is 9.0 per 100 kilometres. We managed 10.4L/100km a week that included of urban and country running but no … four-wheel-driving.


At rate, the 88-litre tank to a fuel range of about 800 which is quite modest for the The braked towing capacity of kilograms is more competitive.


The engine, which was in a less-powerful form in 2002 and recently upgraded in 2009, transmit noise and vibration the cabin.


However, little wrong with given it is hauling about kilograms (before passengers and Such is the pulling power long, steep road can be achieved in top gear. When do come, changes are usually

How it drives

The Pajero from broke new ground by being on car-like monocoque construction. with independent suspension it delivered a level of on-road ability that shamed rivals.


While the Pajero has since revised, the fundamental underpinnings and experience remains familiar. means the handling of the new model reliable and the ride is comfortable. The downside of the monocoque build is a level of noise intrusion the cabin, compared with a chassis off-roader.


the going gets tough the part-time, high-low 4WD system ensure the Pajero is immensely – maybe not quite in the of the Prado but not far behind.

Mitsubishi Pajero


days the Pajero is too cumbersome to be urban transport. While the circle is a creditable 11.4 the steering is weighty at low speeds.

Comfort and practicality

There are a of obvious giveaways to the age of the Pajero. The is the lack of reach adjustment of the wheel. The other is the way the third-row fold in and out of the floor in one piece, flexible seating and luggage


The Pajero has a typical off-roader knees-up position for and third-row passengers.


is otherwise good in row two for adults but row is for children only. Access is thanks to second-row seats split-fold and tilt forward.

Luggage space is a generous litres, with row three away. Flip forward row two and it to a bicycle-swallowing 1789 litres.


The Pajero provides a and panoramic viewing platform for all but, most importantly, the Big external mirrors help.

Our test VRX came fitted an optional $2300 media including sat-nav and audio The screen is big but the buttons are tiny.

The standard trip computer is including an altimeter and barometer.

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