Review: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is an SUV with original taste

Review: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is an SUV with original taste

With a large size and bold design (even with a more backward attitude after the “emergency” modification made shortly after the launch of this generation) Mitsubishi Pajero Sport sets.

To get to the cabin, you must first “board” the Mitsubishi. Inside, sitting comfortably in the small driver’s seat (but comfortable), on the 1.81 meters of the SUV, the feeling behind the wheel is one of power, greatness – something that, somehow, enters the mind of all those who today buy. countless “SUVs” on the market.

next to Toyota SW4 (click to read review) and Chevrolet Trailblazer, Pajero is a holdover from a time when SUVs had a very clear formula: a pick-up base (cab on a chassis, not a unibody), 4×4 traction when needed, and reduced, locking one (or more) differences with a diesel. So was the original SUV of taste, SUV “roots”, with a capital “U” (for “utility”). What mattered, above all, was durability and off-road capability.

That’s where this whole SUV thing started. Today, you pass by urban SUVs – Toyota Corolla Cross, Jeep Compass, Volkswagen T-Cross and co. -, and they even look like “toys” next to this Pajero. Of course, for those who live in a big city and drive more on asphalt roads, urban models make more sense, offering more fuel economy and comfort with their lightweight construction and quiet gasoline engines (and we won’t judge the photo. which everyone he wants to deliver to his car).

The room features sleek lines and easy-to-clean materials to remove dust and mud after events, as well as A-pillar handles to help hold walkways and getting in and out of the SUV. There is a digital instrument cluster, off-road features and an electric brake with automatic holding and a multimedia center.

When moving, thoughts of “more comfort” and “less consumption” are soon forgotten in front of the aforementioned feeling of power behind the wheel of the Pajero Sport. The 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine makes a lot of noise, producing just enough 190 hp at 3,500 rpm.

The performance does not leave much to be desired due to the good work of the eight-speed automatic transmission and the sequential mode – with a lever or fins placed on the steering wheel, a useful option in the profile or for a greater control of changes in the quagmire. or crossroad conditions, for example.

Due to the limited adjustment of the steering wheel in height and depth, it takes a while to get the driving position of the Pajero Sport – and the lack of space is a little surprising, especially after leaving the car. BMW iX (see review here) and also the upper floor, as a characteristic of the design (beam and gimbal down): you sit in a very high position, but your leg is in front, like in a sedan, and not sitting like in a seat, as it is. the case with more modern SUVs).Pajero game

Noise and some response delay can disturb the urban use of the Pajero Sport, but there are also advantages: unusual “respect” on the part of motorcyclists and other drivers, the appearance of luck and concern without potholes, ditches, speed. bumps and so on.

At this time, “root” SUVs are usually good for their durability and large ground clearance, but they pay for comfort – the fault of the suspension is ready to “hit”. Here, the rear system with rigid axles and cross-links compensates for this behavior, supplemented by the use of rubber tires and an extra-soft set of shock absorbers/springs.

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Short overhangs ensure good angles of attack and departure for off-road use

Each monkey on his land

Tolerable in the city, or even desirable in the unlikely event of urban chaos and/or flood and/or war, the classic SUV proves its worth even more when it leaves the city.

On the road, on good pavement, the suspension resembles a sleeper bus (both in its smoothness and inability to make quick turns or sudden lane changes without shaking like jelly) and children can see the surroundings well, entertained by the air conditioning on the roof in the second and third row of seats – but they complain about a small sunroof, just in front (they were used to modern SUVs with their panoramic roofs).

In the digital panel with a low resolution, but intuitive operation, the tachometer indicates only 1,800 rpm at 120 km / h, and consumption in the range of 12 km / l, which is not bad for this type of SUV. Using various buttons on the steering wheel, it is possible to activate the 360o cameras, useful off-road, change the view of the dashboard and activate and adjust the adaptive cruise control.

Along with collision warning and automatic braking, they are the most advanced driver assistance systems available. And, as well as ensuring more safety, they give an extra modern touch to the Pajero Sport, which also has an electric parking brake that holds automatically and a 100% electronic traction selector for cycle control on the center console.

Speaking of which, here, to the original catalyst, Mitsubishi has added a nice modern touch: the intelligent intelligent system is interesting because it is the only one that offers the possibility of using both 4 × 2 traction (rear, 2H) on the pavement. .as in the case of 4×4 (4H), which works as an all-wheel drive without affecting the differential (for example, it may be necessary to provide more safety in the mountains or in the rain).

There are still 4 × 4 parts (4HLC) and 4 × 4 parts with reduced modes (4LLC) – the latter increases the already good torque of 430 Nm to “save” in the worst conditions. And finally, when you’re off-road, you still have hill assist and trail assist, which control acceleration even in flight.

The third row of seats accommodates children comfortably and, when not in use, is stored on the floor. And five people the luggage compartment has 620 liters.
And it reaches 1,650 and the second row is also struck

That’s where the Pajero shows why, like the Trailblazer and SW4, it stands the test of time and maintains the original SUV formula. These are not cars to drive around town, although you might enjoy doing so.

The complete finish of the panel with hard plastic has a reason: it is not to save money as it is in the current compact and medium SUVs, but to be able to easily wash it from mud and dust that will take time. faced with the events of reality.

After all, in various tests with this type of SUV, and even at the launch of this generation of Pajero, we have already presented the model with many challenges, and none of them seemed to be really dangerous: low hits. stone, lift the wheel, the other sinks into the mud.

You, inside, turn a controller here, press a button there, control the steering wheel and accelerate, getting out of almost any situation very easily. It’s that vision of the mind of someone who buys an SUV, but won’t have to – and won’t even be able to – do it. For the few who need it, there is still nothing new in this natural flavor.


Toyota SW4 – BRL 384,190 to BRL 433,590

Mechanics: 2.8 turbodiesel, 204 hp, 500 Nm, AT6 gearbox
0-100 km/h: 11s5 (Fire Demo Test)
City use: 9.8 km/l
road use: 11.5 km/l
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4,795 meters, 1,855 meters, 1,835 meters
Between the axles: 2,745 meters
Stem: 575 liters
Weight: 2,185 kilos
Derived from the “unbreakable” Hilux, the Toyota SW4 takes advantage of its popularity and premium. The starting price is for the five- and seven-seat version, already increasing to R $ 390,790. The interior is more refined than average and the newly retuned engine ensures slightly better performance than the Pajero. It beats the “sporty” version of the GR-S.

Chevrolet Trailblazer – BRL 367,690

Mechanics: 2.8 turbodiesel, 200 hp, 500 Nm, AT6 gearbox
0-100 km/h: 10s3
City use: 8.2 km/l
road use: 10.3 km/l
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.887 m, 1.902 m, 1.844 m
Between the axles: 2,845 meters
Stem: 554 liters
Weight: 2,161 kilos
The Chevrolet has larger dimensions and is now offered in an exclusive seven-seater version. A new generation is coming, but the set is still attractive with geometry turbine mechanics with smoother presentation and better performance. Like SW4 and Compass, it has semi-autonomous systems. Connectivity is also good.

Jeep Commander TD380 – BRL 287,690 to BRL 312,990

Mechanics: 2.0 turbodiesel, 170 hp, 380 Nm, gearbox AT9
0-100 km/h: 11:6
City use: 10.3 km/l
road use: 12.9 km/l
Dimensions (LxWxH): 4,769 meters, 1,859 meters, 1,702 meters
Between the axles: 2,794 meters
Stem: 661 liters
Weight: 1,885 kg
Although it does not use a chassis, but the construction of one person, the diesel Commander has seven seats and challenges the root SUVs to bet on low consumption, more luxury and comfort when running and a large list of equipment. It lacks power in heavy off-road driving, but it has all-wheel drive and terrain selector, lockout and suspension. And it’s cheap.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport HPE Diesel

Base price BRL 357,990
Rated car BRL 392,990

Engine: inline four cylinder 2.4, 16V, DOHC, common rail, turbo
Transfer: 24423 centimeters
Fuel: diesel
Power: 190 hp at 3,500 rpm
Torque: 430 Nm at 2,500 rpm
Exchange: automatic series, eight gears
Direction: electricity
Suspension: triangular arms (d) and 3-link solid axle with coil springs