Mitsubishi Pajero Sport car review: Exceeds towing test
Gone are the days when a trailer showed the ability to pull anything on this side of the tractor.
The word “Ute” often emphasizes this branch of the great working attitude of Australians. Like most things today, we have learned to be more careful, and if we are not in big trouble.
Figures such as the current 3.5-ton standard or 3500kg capacity are still based on structural details such as tow truck, chassis, axle and tire load ratings. Therefore, they don’t care about acceleration or dynamic performance and how well the vehicle retains traffic or how safe it handles when towing – which I’m sure you’ll agree is the The weather is quite important.
Pajero Sport’s turbo-diesel engine can produce decent output, but that doesn’t mean the relatively small 2.4-liter can still manage performance and economy (or reliability) fairly well. when pulling load well.
It is actually rated at 3100kg which was braked, but a recent opportunity to tow a 650kg towing trailer over 563km and then an additional 1100 kg RA28 Celica for more than 50 km on a long day trip offers a The story of the two loads on quite a distance.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Pajero Sport has been handling a number of changes when running for the first time in late 2015, but the most recent adjustment in April 2018 brought AEB and standard adaptive cruise control across the range. , among some other additional details.
The top spec we used for this test also scored rear spoiler, 150W / 220V power outlet, dual USB power port for rear seats, illuminated sunview rearview mirror and table trim. softer controls. For cousin Pajero Sport, which has just received a big birthday, we expect another update in the coming months.
Pajero Sport Exceed has also achieved top honors in our recent five-way off-road SUV comparison test, beating Everest Ambiente 4×4 3.2, SsangYong Rexton Ultimate, Isuzu MU-X LS-M and Toyota Fortuner GXL.
In the current guise, Exceed’s list price of $ 54,200 (before going on the road) also includes leather trim, seven seats, a 7.0-inch multimedia screen with Android Auto smartphone integration. and Apple CarPlay (but without built-in sat nav), dual zone climate control, heated front seats and electric adjustment, DAB digital radio, wipers and automatic headlights, front and side parking sensors rear, 360-degree camera, privacy glass, side steps, roof rails, LEDs and tail lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
In our recent comparison, the Pajero Sport Exceed is second only to Rexton Ultimate in terms of price and features
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
The edgy appearance of the Pajero Sport, will have to be one of the most polarized designs on the market, but I am in the fan camp because of its coherence and difference with the Triton ute that it shares many of its foundations. it.
On the inside, it’s generally like the Triton, with a quality, hard feel for transparent materials. It’s not as cozy as a Prado, but it’s also significantly cheaper.
With a length of 4785mm, width of 1815mm and height of 1805mm, Pajero Sport is slightly smaller than all of its direct rivals, this eventually robs the space inside, but also makes it easier to put on Small roads or tight streets. Its 2800mm wheelbase is 200mm shorter than the Triton.
In addition to the towing rating of 3100kg, other towing indicators include 310kg download weight (inline with 10% rule), GVM weight 2710kg and 2105kg weight means 605kg payload and GCM 5400kg. In other words, we’re nowhere near the numbers with this test load and fewer than two people in the cabin.
Maximum front axle load is 1350kg and rear is 1600kg, and you may be interested to know the roof is rated to carry 80kg.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
Ute-based SUVs are now known for their overall interior flexibility, if not perfectly suited to passenger-focused models like Mazda CX-9 and Kia Sorento for complete interior space.
In the case of Pajero Sport, the second and third rows of seats can make some taller people look for more space, but the seats are usually comfortable if you fit.
Like most seven people seated, the third row does not have a child seat anchor point, but the second row does not provide ISOFIX pylons for outboard positions and top laces for all three.
There are two cup holders for each row and one bottle holder at each door, in line with our expectations these days.
How much fuel does it consume? 8/10
Pajero Sport Exceed carries an official combined fuel consumption figure of 8.0L / 100km, but we have no hope of matching it with at least 650kg of vehicle trailers attached.
Our first diesel tank was completely covered by the attached trailer, and after 527km we recorded 11.23L / 100km at the pump.
For context, I pulled a classic wagon of similar weight and weight with Celica on similar roads last year with 2500 RAM and recorded 16.13L / 100km, with no trailer numbers. The load is 13.2L / 100km.
So for the Pajero Sport, the 2.4 was less affected by the payload than the big 6.7-liter Cummins, I was surprised.
Considering the 68-liter Pajero Sport fuel tank, these test numbers show a decent range between the 60km fill range with a trailer trailer and 516km with the Celica on top.
What safety devices are equipped? What is a safety assessment? 8/10
Pajero Sport carries the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, but note that this is based on less stringent 2015 standards. Also note that the rating is based on Triton ute testing, which shares most of its structure with Pajero Sport, but is actually a different vehicle with a B-pillar and rides on a 200mm-long wheelbase.
As mentioned above, the most recent update in April 2018 added AEB and adaptive cruise control across the range.