Review Mitsubishi Pajero
If you’re in the market for a large, all-wheel-drive diesel wagon, your choice will quickly diminish … and if you’re looking for a relatively affordable vehicle, your choice is. even less.
Mitsubishi Pajero is one of the company’s most loyal and long-serving models, and when it comes to value for money in the large-sized diesel off-road vehicle segment, there are a few better.
But age has worn this old war horse? We are testing the 2018 update to see if it still fits in today’s market.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Park your Pajero 2018 next to a medieval model and from this side, you won’t be able to tell the difference. Over the years, there have been superficial updates for elements such as bumpers and taillights, but Pajero’s large boxy vision has remained largely unresolved since the 2006 introduction.
It has a giant greenhouse, creating a very airy and bright cabin, while the rear part like its box gives the 4-wheel drive car with huge rear cargo space. It certainly won’t win any beauty awards but that’s really not the point of Pajero.
On the inside, too, the only concession to update the engine is a touchscreen multimedia system. Again, there have been minor cosmetic changes over the years to the Pajero’s design language inside the car, but it really doesn’t feel much different from one of its 12-year-old siblings when you jump.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Pajero is sold as seven seats and the two rear seats are hidden below the boot floor. There is also a 60/40 fold second row, which can be flipped forward to create more space as well as provide access to the two rear seats.
The third row is actually the definition of a dance chair; It has a narrow bench with short seat backs extended by a comically oversized headrest that needs to be removed to tidy the back row of seats under the floor.
In fact, it’s a fairly complicated system to erect the seats in any kind of hurry and the parts are also quite heavy. Those of smaller stature will have to struggle a bit to configure the rear seats in any hurry.
Similar criticism can be flattened in the second row, essentially requiring two separate movements to move from a state of mayhem to assembly. In their favor, they provide a backrest, which adds extra comfort to the rear seats, and there’s absolutely no lack of front or knee space for even the tallest passengers.
There are ISOFIX mounts on the second outer row of seats, as well as the center armrest that pulls down, hiding the two cupholders. Unusually in a relatively modern car, there is no door tag of any description on the back door, which means the bottle cannot be stored there.
Although the front doors have short pockets, they are not equipped to hold any kind of bottle. The only way you will keep your drink is through two cup holders sitting side by side in the middle of the front seats.
The big pajamas accidentally targets people who like to treat their cars and let them get wet, and there’s a lot of hard plastic here that will combat shaggy and secluded life but can take away the foreign environment. umbrella of Paj residents.
Overall, though, the Pajero is easy to operate and live with. Completely lacking unnecessary bells and whistles and it only has what you need to drive up and overcome every obstacle on the road.
Visibility around the car is excellent in all directions, although the high bonnet can be awkward for some drivers when parking. There are sensors and a reversing camera to park your car, which makes life easy, though there’s no line on the screen to help you line up a trailer.
Our testers were carpeted, and one could easily see large rubber mats placed on the floor for a little extra resistance on the road.