Our Product Manager Michael Fisher climbs into Mitsubishi’s popular 2022 Pajero Sport to give us his regular “I’m Not a Journalist” block, and to see how it compares to its older-generation Kalger and Sportage cars. Is.
After my experience in the Subaru WRX wagon, Stevo wanted to see how I did in the larger SUV segment, this time handing me the keys to a 2022 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GSR.
Having owned one of the most popular large SUVs in the 2009 Toyota Kluger, I was interested in how today’s large SUVs compare. Case in point, the ute-based off-roading option!
2022 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GSR: $61,440 before on-road costs
As standard, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine with 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel consumption is listed at 8.0L/100km in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations, with a maximum braking capacity of 3.0 tonnes on 4x2s and 3.1 tonnes on 4x4s.
As I headed out to the car park, the immediate thought was that the Pajero Sport looks slimmer than your standard large SUV. As it does, it doesn’t have the huge rear end of the Isuzu MU-X or Ford Everest.
I also like the all-black theme with alloys and grille, with a silver stripe down the side, giving it a sleeker look.
Jumping inside, it really felt like your classic simple cabin setup – no big screen, not too many dials and a standard steering wheel. It didn’t take me long to get set before I hit the road straight to the school pickup.
Pajero Sport GSR Key Features Above
|18-inch black alloy wheels|
|Black rear spoiler|
|Black front bumper garnish|
|Black rear bumper garnish|
|Black headlight garnish|
|Two Tone Roof (Black)|
|Black ‘Pajero Sport’ bonnet badge|
|GSR Tailgate Beijing.|
The GSR is equipped with an all-leather interior, the seats are plush and offer plenty of comfort for the driver, but heated seats are included only in the front row, which kids will love. (Nothing unusual here though! – Steve.)
All passengers are climate-controlled in the front, with vents in all rows to ensure comfort levels are met. The second row has cup holders that fold out of the middle seat, and the third row has one on each side.
For a large SUV, it wasn’t as spacious as you’d expect in the second row. I found with three 13 year olds it wasn’t too bad, but for three adults, it would feel squishy. It would have been nice to be able to slide the second row back to provide more legroom.
I tested the third row, and while it was fine for kids, I wouldn’t want an adult over six feet stuck there for a long trip.
2022 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport: Boot Space
With the third row folded there’s plenty of room for a large shop, or for all the things we carry for a family of four on holiday.
I managed to get a bike and an (attached!) gazebo in the back with the second row down, and it wasn’t a big deal.
The Pajero has nothing that you would call modern world technology. Having said that, it still has everything it needs to make it an enjoyable ride.
The user interface with the 8-inch screen is nice and simple, and it’s easy to quickly integrate Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, both of which work well without any issues.
The native Mitsubishi Navigation app is what you’d expect, and is easy to use. John Law covers it well here: “To illustrate the technology difference, the Outlander’s infotainment screen was turned on and your boot time was 10 seconds compared to the Pajero Sport’s 18 second boot time. Was ready to pick a favorite tune.”
As with most new cars, it beeps a lot. It took me a while to figure out that the main culprit was the navigation noise to alert you of upcoming red light cameras and such, but it wasn’t hard to turn off.
The addition of DAB digital radio is a welcome addition, and the audio experience throughout the cabin was adequate. There are plenty of USB ports and also a 240V plug in the second row.
One piece of tech that I found a bit difficult to work with was the climate controls. These are hidden below the screen, and while it was relatively easy to see the temperature etc., the buttons are at an angle that makes the labels not easy to read while driving, but it’s immature.
On the road
From what was once considered a large SUV to this new ‘Upper Large’, I expected it to feel like a “truck” – but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it did. Drove the car.
It was off the mark at times, and the drive wasn’t as smooth as my old Sportage, especially when on back roads, but that’s to be expected in a car built for off-road performance.
Once on the highway, it was a nice ride, and still had a diesel kick when I needed to overtake at speed.
Visibility for the driver is excellent with a good seating position and large mirrors. The display on the dash is very clean and simple, it’s easy enough to see how fast you’re going and all the other important metrics. For those who like to be able to change their dash, out of luck.
I haven’t taken the Pajero Sport off road, but it has all the essentials. Super Select II, Giving a driver Selectable drive modes, lockable diff and high and low range.
Warranty and Servicing
Like the wider Mitsubishi range, the Pajero Sport is covered by the marque’s 10/10 Diamond Advantage coverage with a 10-year/200,000km warranty and 10-year capped-price servicing. If the vehicle is serviced outside the Mitsubishi dealer network, the program reverts to the standard five-year/100,000km warranty.
A free 12-month Roadside Assist program is available, with the service extendable for up to four years – provided the vehicle is serviced by a Mitsubishi dealership.
Along with excellent visibility for the driver, the GSR has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
Unlike other Pajero Sport variants, the GSR includes blind spot warnings, rear cross traffic alerts, and front/side cameras.
Also included is Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, which I found useful.
A standard fit safety suit includes:
|Forward collision mitigation system|
|Adaptive cruise control|
|Electronic stability control|
|Anti-lock braking system|
|Emergency stop signal|
|Emergency brake assist|
|Hill Start Assist.|
GLS variants add rain-sensing wipers, while blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning are exclusive to the range-topping Exceed and GSR grades.
The economy of oil
I had the GSR over the weekend, it sat all around. 9.6L/100km – which wasn’t bad for short trips and hill runs. Mitsubishi lists it as 8.0L/100km for city driving.
Again, given the size, I really expected this to be something I would feel, but I found it to be an easy task. The display clearly guides you in reverse, and with additional front and side camera angles, and sensors, the Pajero was handy in all parking scenarios.
2022 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GSR: Final Impressions
I enjoyed my time in the Pajero sport, as the kids get older and the need for seven seats increases (picking up friends), this car is definitely something I’ll add to the list to see. will
It has all the features you really need for weekday activities, but with extra seats, plenty of boot space and the ability to tow a boat and camper trailer without a problem for weekends and family holidays. It is best for
All priced at just above $60k and the 10-year warranty makes the Pajero Sport a real challenger in the 4X4 large SUV segment.
|version||2.4 DiD GSR 7 Seat 4×4 Auto|
|Transfer||8 SP Automatic|
|Power (kW)||133 kW|
|Type of fuel||Diesel|
|Fuel (City) L/100km||8L/100km|
|Wheelbase (mm)||2,800 mm|
|Total Width (mm)||1,815 mm|
|Total length (mm)||4,825 mm|
|Ground clearance mm||218|
|Weight (kg)||2,125 kg|
|Country of assembly||Thailand|
Things we like.
- Easy-to-use technology
- Boot space
- Price point
Not so much
- Climate control
- Slow down from the mark
- Second row legroom could be better