2022 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS Deluxe Long Term Review
Our family is no stranger to the Mitsubishi Pajero. My partner drove a 2002 model Paj until recently, when the old girl met her maker at about 400,000km on the Victoria Pass in the Blue Mountains. May he rest in pieces.
In 2012, Mitsubishi loaned me a Pajero GLS for about 18 months while I was its editor. Camper trailer Australia Magazine He acted as Mag’s official tow-tug and I remember handing back the keys with some reluctance.
A decade, a sea change, two stepchildren and a baby later, and I find myself once again in the driver’s seat of a Pajero long-term test car, but as I know it.
The Pajero Sport is definitely an SUV, comfortable and safe as a family mover, but equipped for a weekend adventure. In short, exactly my kind of car.
The assumption we are making here is Pajero Sport GLS 4×4 7 Seater with ‘Deluxe’ Option Packwhich includes leather-appointed seats, power front seats and a 360-degree camera system.
In this configuration, the price before on-road costs is $55,940.
So how does it hold up as a daily family ride and weekend adventure machine? I’ll be testing it in the coming months to find out.
I have had this Pajero Sport GLS Deluxe 4×4 seven seater for about a month and have covered 1856km using 216L of fuel. Average fuel consumption is 8.5L/100km.
The car got a workout when Wheels Media journos John Law and Evan Spence tested it against its stablemate, the Mitsubishi Outlander, in the Blue Mountains, which compares to the manufacturer’s stated average of 8L/100km in consumption. May cause an increase.
A family mover
The GLS Deluxe option is right in the middle of the range, with some features I appreciate, especially with a toddler onboard.
Safety features Features like auto-locking doors that kick in after a few seconds of driving, adaptive cruise control, auto-braking forward collision control, and automatic headlights and wipers make life behind the wheel a little easier when the toddler is screaming and you’re trying. have been Shovel ‘Bluey bikkies’ in his mouth.
The leather seats are easy to wipe off sticky handprints, and the electric front seat adjusters make it easy when I jump in after driving my 6-foot-3-inch companion.
Installing a toddler car seat is a breeze, thanks to the ISOFIX anchorage system that allows the seat to clip into the base. When my 9- and 11-year-old stepchildren are with us, which is half the time, the seating arrangement couldn’t be easier.
For everyday driving, we leave half of the third row of seats so one child can sit far back (a spot they call ‘shotgun’) and the other in the middle of the second row between them and theirs. Be empty in the middle, little child
The seat mechanism on the Pajero Sport is smart. The third row of seats is raised by simply tilting a handle from the boot floor until the seat clicks into place. When stowed, they sit flush against the back of the second row of seats, taking up minimal boot space and leaving a smooth surface. area for cargo.
Although boot space is minimal with both third-row seats up (especially when compared to our Volvo XC90), with just one of the two seats up we have plenty of room for prams, school bags and groceries. There is plenty of space.
That third row can be easily folded down for more cargo space, and When the third row is folded down, the boot can hold up to 502 liters of cargo. Folding all the seats opens up 1488 liters and plenty of space: 1575mm (L) x 1370mm (W) x 885mm (H).
Of course, all three kids can fit along the second row of seats, as they did when we went on a weekend Central Coast vacation and needed the entire boot space for our gear.
Even with the larger infant seat, older kids still had plenty of room and plenty of legroom. They were able to operate their air vents via a ceiling-mounted control panel and two USB outlets meant there was no scrambling for power when the iPad batteries ran out.
We’ve had the car for three weeks now and thanks to our old pal La Nina, haven’t taken it off road or camping yet. When we do that, we’ll need to figure out how to load all of our camping gear and ourselves into what is a fairly compact vehicle. More on that next time.
Total Kilometers: 5600 km
Date of Acquisition: October 2022
Kilometers this month: 1856 km
Average Fuel Consumption: 8.6L/100km
Pajero Sport (exceded) vs Toyota Fortuner
2022 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS Deluxe Specs
|engine||2.4L I4 Turbo Diesel|
|power||133kW @ 3500|
|Torque||430Nm @ 2500|
|4×4 system||Part time 4×4|
|Front suspension.||Double wishbone with coil|
|Rear suspension||3 links with coil|
|The wheels||Compounds of 18 inches|
|Heavy obstacle||2060 kg|
|Tensile capacity||3100 kg|
|ADR fuel claim||8.0L/100km|
|Wading depth||700 mm|
|Angle of view||30|
|Angle of departure||24.2|
|Ramp over angle||23.1|
|Ground clearance||218 mm|
|Price||$55,940 before on-road costs|