2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport review – first drive
Robert Pepper’s first drive 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport review with specs, ride and handling, verdict and rating.
In a nutshell: If first impressions pan out with more time behind the wheel, Mitsubishi will retain their offroad fans and win new ones.
|Engine||2.4L 4cyl diesel||3.2L 4cyl diesel||Doesn’t matter|
|Power||133 kW @ 3500rpm||147kW @ 3800rpm||-14|
|Torque||430Nm @ 2500rpm||441Nm @ 2000rpm||-11|
|Transmission||8-speed auto||5-speed auto||3|
|Torque split||40/60 f/r||40/60 f/r|
|4WD system||Super Select II||Super Select II||–|
|Suspension||IFS, rear beam, 4 coils||IFS / IRS, 4 coils||–|
|Fuel consumption (combined)||8||9||-1|
|Fuel capacity (l)||68||88||-20|
|Estimated range (km) (1)||658||765||-107|
|Length / width / height (2)||4785 / 1815 / 1800||4900 / 1875 / 1900||-115 / 60 / -100|
|Ground clearance (mm)||218||235||-17|
|Turning circle (m)||11.2||11.4||-0.2|
|Wading depth (mm)||700||700||0|
|Kerb weight (kg, approx)||2000||2255||-255|
|Towing (braked)||3100kg||2500kg / 3000kg (3)||100|
|App / ramp / dep||30 / 23 / 24||37 / 22.5 / 25|
|Power/weight (kg per kW)||15.0||15.3||-0.3|
|Rear difflock||Standard across the range||Available on some models, TBA|
|Safety||TBA (expect 5*)||5|
|Active safety||BWS, UMS, AEB||None|
|Camera system||Surround (some models)||Reversing only|
|(1) Added 20% to fuel consumption figure, allowed 100km reserve range.|
|(2) Pajero has a spare wheel on the rear door which increases length.|
|(3) 2500kg with 250kg TBM, 3000kg with 180kg TBM.|
There aren’t too many “oh no” moments with this car, but one was the location of the spare wheel winch which is inconveniently central in the cargo system… what were they thinking? This is one more reason to fit the car with a spare wheel carrier. The tiedowns are also a bit too far inboard to be ideal. The tailgate is one-piece lift up, and there is a cargo blind as pictured below.
Aussie-spec cars will have the Android Auto/Apple CarPlay system which is excellent news, even if a team of three Mitsubishi reps couldn’t get my Samsung S5 Android to play with the car. This means nobody needs to wrestle with Mitsubishi’s 1990s-spec infotainment units, and it’ll leapfrog them ahead of the competition. Build quality seems pretty good, certainly compared to the Triton Exceed we just tested.