Mitsubishi Pajero Sport road test and review | Cartoq – Honest Car Advice

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Purposeful looks; good fit and

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a purposeful looking SUV, out. In fact, in white, was the colour of our test drive the Pajero Sport looks a vehicle that the United would probably use in a war-ravaged with UN emblazoned on it.

At the front, the Evo rally car style grille menacing and purposeful at the same The short, stubby bonnet flows down to the grille and the giving it a very Jeep of look, just like the Pajero SFX. The headlights are with a projector set up included in the and wrap around the front very slightly.

A large, Mitsubishi logo in the centre of the an even larger air dam and two very fog lamps embedded in the front complete the macho front, looks better in metal in pictures.

In profile, the high-perched continues and is further accentuated by the wheel wells, the thick 17” and a relatively smaller looking area compared to the competition. knows that we love and has accordingly plated the outside and door handles. The black rails are subtle.

The rear sleek looking tail that extend into the gate. It has a chrome garnish, a logo and a very small moniker on the left. The spare like most of its competitors is under the truck.

This apart, there are so meaningful touches in the vehicle clearly speak of Mitsubishi’s and rally genes. For example, the bumpers have their halves finished in matt tough plastic, approach and angles are just perfect for any of situation, there are skid at the front and the rear and there is nothing left loose or lower than the differential you look underneath. The Pajero is a purpose-built touring or expedition and it shows.  Also read: Pajero launched

Open the driver’s and it opens really wide. In there is no SUV apart from the Storme which has such opening doors and it is a delight.  yourself into the cabin and you get an feeling of quality and durability. The are made of premium leather and show. In fact, the quality of used is the best in the segment, by a margin.

The door pads (on all 4 are very well finished in a mix of chrome, black, beige and All of them can hold one-litre have individual speakers, lamps and map pockets. The dashboard has a colour combo of black, aluminium and wood (for the console) and is extremely well

The leather-stitched steering wheel, over from the Outlander the paddle shifts and cruise feels meaty and comfortable to Both shift levers gear shift and 4#215;4 have leather knobs and like they’ll last for The centre console houses the climate control knobs, the display and the archaic looking system.

The sound system is the only on an otherwise brilliantly finished

Ergonomics are brilliant. In fact, the fact that the steering doesn’t have adjustment for getting into a very commanding driving position on the PS is easy.  The gear is car like and is at the right distance the driver. There is phenomenal even for short drivers.

is no long bonnet or bonnet like the Ford Endeavour or the Fortuner intruding into the line of sight, and the thin A leave no blind spots at all goes on to prove Mitsubishi’s in getting the small, but important right the first time

Decent comfort and purpose-built

Most buyers of the Pajero may never take it off-road, but do expect high levels of from it, and the Pajero Sport not disappoint.

Throw anything at the Sport, at any speed and the truck glides over them. breakers, potholes, corrugations, joints, road dips or a mix of all together. Even when over potholes and speed in peak hour traffic in the there is very minimal and sideways movement, resulting in a sedan like experience in the

On the highway, the suspension steering up just enough to offer day long cruising over roads at speeds well 140 kmph. It also has confident and lane changing at speed.

If is one “On Road” trait that the Pajero Sport head and above the competition, it is the superlative of comfort and confidence that the gives you.

The Pajero trickles through with the on offer. For example, there is no vehicle in its segment which you things like barometric elevation and has a graphic map of all the features on the such as outside temperature, speed, range and average economy  besides others, to the changes as they happen on a While all this might not useful to most of us, they add a lot of snob value to the vehicle.

apart, the Pajero Sport the usual list of luxuries power windows (though one up and down is only for the driver), operated and folding mirrors, adjustable driver’s seat, headlamps, three row air-conditioning rear blower and compressor rear parking sensors output only), audio and MID on the steering wheel, 60:40 row) 50:50 (last split seats and a microchip key. While the single DIN system looks like it has picked up from the leftover from the 1990’s it has decent quality, but still misses out on connectivity, a touch screen and the ability to be upgraded to a double DIN there is no slot available for it.

While the above features may mundane, there are lots of bits that make far more practical than a lot of vehicles.

For example, the USB cable is tucked into the glovebox cable fasteners and not left around, there are four points with one of them in the centre bin between the seats ensures that your phone doesn’t get tossed while charging on an off road Plenty of cubby holes, bag and hooks, and storage spaces the Pajero Sport make luggage and objects a breeze. The row seats split, fold and while the last row of seats can be into the floor liberating a wide and flat loading which is bigger and better its competition. Also see:  New Toyota road test

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The leather themselves are very comfortable and some under thigh which can be improved in the middle they are perfect. In fact, the Sport has the most usable row of seats among its competitors and in segments above it.

Good performance and handling

The Sport houses a 2.5 litre producing 175BHP of power and a mountain moving 400NM of While these figures are higher than the competition, come at higher rpms, raise questions about the of the Pajero Sport. However, have, very smartly the Pajero Sport shorter in the 1 st.

2 nd and 3 rd gears, which makes it drivable in crawling traffic. On the the engine’s fantastic mid range, from 2000 to 4800rpm the Pajero Sport a locomotive truck. It quickly reaches its top of 180kmph on any half decent of road and the engine, even at higher rpms than the feels completely at ease, like a free-revving petrol than a diesel.

The cabin is silent up to speeds of 125kmph which some wind and noise filter through.

Off the Mitsubishi’s world renowned Select” 4WD system which has 4 of 2H, 4H, 4HLC (4WD High the center differential locked) and (4WD low with the center locked) is simply phenomenal. The Sport feels like it eat sand dunes for breakfast, rivers for lunch and wander the slushy mountains for dinner, a hiccup. Surprisingly enough, the comfort, even off road, very comfortable.

The only sore point I was the clutch, which was springy to my and not as light as I would have it. While most of its competition too is to handle such terrain, the with which the Pajero does it and gives the driver the is commendable and gives it that over the others when it to handling. Also see:  Most SUVs in India  

Fuel could be better

The Pajero was reasonably economical we were to achieve 9.6 kmpl in Bangalore and 11.8 kmpl on the highway included some high runs as well. Also, the Pajero Sport has a 2WD mode for driving, it saves a bit on fuel. a sixth gear could improved the fuel economy

What we think

The Pajero is an brand, and it takes a lot of effort to the aura that goes making an icon. The Pajero continues to be an embodiment of what the has always been known A timeless, capable, and comfortable country touring SUV that in all likelihood, outlast its owner,

Now, that is a hell of a

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