Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

The Sporting Life for Seven; the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Proves to Be a Compelling Buy for Adventurous Larger Families

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

The Sporting Life for Seven; the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Proves to Be a Compelling Buy for Adventurous Larger Families

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Byline: Craig Duff

AS a jack of all trades, the Pajero Sport aces it. The big SUV based on the Mitsubishi Triton ute can carry seven without affecting its ability to handle the worst the road and bush can throw at it.

The bigger-is-better approach that started our SUV mania peaks here. Plenty of people want to sit atop the crossover pile, as evidenced by the fact more than one in 10 new cars sold this year is a large SUV.

Sharp pricing, reasonable road manners and cabin quality put the Pajero Sport in sixth spot in the class.

The only thing missing from the mid-spec GLS we tested is satnav. Mitsubishi figures the Android/Apple smartphone mirroring makes factory satnav redundant - that's probably right, providing you have mobile reception.

Standard kit is extensive, with seven-inch touchscreen, digital radio, auto lights and wipers, reversing camera and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery and dual-zone climate control with vents for the second and third rows.

At $51,000 on the road, the GLS is great value, though any colour other than white is a $590 option. Buyers wanting the reassurance of city-speed autonomous braking and blind-spot monitoring will need to step up to the Exceed version at $56,000 drive-away.

Design

The Pajero Sport is essentially a Triton with a roof. Mitsubishi has given it a unique external look and juiced up the interior to give it a classier appearance and comfier feel. I'm not a fan of the vertical tail-lamp design but it sure distinguishes the Pajero Sport from others in the class.

Storage space is good throughout the cabin, with a decent glovebox, centre bin and door pockets, though luggage capacity is restricted to just 131L with seven seats in use.

On the road

Soft suspension ensures the big Mitsubishi doesn't jolt over lumps and bumps. The trade-off is more lean in the corners and some secondary bouncing over speed humps.

This is a necessary "evil" given the SUV brief, to be composed on- and off-road, and it largely achieves that. …

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