Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Reliability and Familiarity Gives Feeling of Warmth

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Reliability and Familiarity Gives Feeling of Warmth

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Vani Naidoo

WINTER, it seems, is suddenly upon us. The kids have abandoned the pool, the dust has been wiped of the 11-fin oil heaters and the slow cooker is jostling for space on the benchtop.

The ugg boots have been called into hasty service, an extra duvet has been slapped on the bed and the Milo has banished the green tea to the back of the cupboard.

For me, the change in seasons also means the reappearance of a trusted old friend, one that has seen many winters in many countries, a true soldier in the fight against Jack Frost a my favourite jumper.

I can hardly remember how I came by it. I think it started life in a once fashionable chocolate brown colour a[degrees] but times have changed. It is now soft but woolly, a kind of light brown mix with a collection of stains down the right arm and chunky chipped buttons holding on for dear life.

Of course, I have other jumpers but this one gives a feeling of warmth that surpasses the physical. It is a collection of memories, both good and bad, that adds some sunlight on a rainy day.

It doesn't matter that it looks and smells like it has seen better days a it is loved.

Not unlike the Mitsubishi Pajero, which has fundamentally gone unchanged for more than a decade. Sure, there have been some cosmetic advancements to add an element of freshness but it has looked to reliability, solid performance and a feeling of warmth to see it through.


Despite tweaks to the furniture, the interior of the refreshed Pajero looks pretty much like last year's model, except for the plastics. These are still not the best around but the appearance is softened by the leather accents and fabric trim. Seats are supportive but are smaller and narrower than you anticipate, making them an interesting fit for wide-shouldered spouses and tall neighbours. The instrument cluster is simple but adequate, with the touch screen navigation system easy to use. The steering moves up and down but is not adjustable for reach, which seems bit of an oversight from Mitsubishi. Knee room in the front is a bit limited but the second two pews seem to cope well. The third row of seats fits compactly into the floor and is relatively easy to access.

On the road

Given its age, it's hardly surprising the Pajero lacks the refinement of its European competitors. The 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine is as willing as ever but is in little hurry to get anywhere. Steering feel is not encouraging and the Pajero does tend to drift in corners. Road noise is disruptive and uneven surfaces hit home with a bump.

Off-road, though, is a different kettle of fish, with the Pajero showing its calibre, demonstrating with ease why its reliability and efficiency makes it such a glowing choice for grey nomads, in particular. …

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