– Article/photos by Rod Fuller –
Pajero Sport GLX is the surprise packet of the three Mitsubishi SUV’s I drove. It differs in two ways from the Outlander and ASX (and not just the size). Firstly, it’s a proper serious 4WD and can handle terrain and get into places that the other two could only dream of which is great for fleet drivers in regional areas. Secondly, it’s the ‘entry level’ model of the Pajero Sport range, whereas the other two were ‘top of the line’.
Having said that though, there is nothing ‘entry level’ about Pajero Sport GLX. It comes loaded with features that are both needed and appreciated when you are out and about in it. You can happily pop down to the shops in it, for some smashed avo and a latte, or tackle the toughest of outback tracks. It’s a vehicle that proves the comfort doesn’t stop, even when the road does.
At its heart is a 2.4lt MIVEC Turbo Diesel engine (133kW/430Nm) coupled to an eight speed automatic transmission (complete with paddle shifters) and the Super Select II 4WD system. Fuel Economy is listed at 8.0lt/100km. Four drive modes are provided to best match vehicle performance with road or off road conditions, from highway cruising to tackling sand/snow or mud. Additionally, both Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist are standard, making your driving experience that much easier.
When off road or rather ‘no road’ gets really rough, Pajero Sport has serious 4WD capabilities, such as a wading depth of 700mm, climb inclines up to 45⁰, approach angle of 30⁰, departure angle 24⁰and a ramp/breakover angle of 23.1⁰. And back in the urban jungle, an 11.9m turning circle certainly will help manoeuvre it into and out of tight parking spaces. Add to this a 3.1 tonne towing capacity and Pajero Sport will pretty much go anywhere and let you take everything with you as well.
The GLX mightn’t get leather seats, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t comfortable, with plenty of room for five people. A third row seat is available for GLS and Exceed models. The cabin has quite a high quality feel to it, with nice premium finishes on the console and leather steering wheel. Luggage room is huge at 673lt with the back seat in place and 1624lt with it folded up.
Apple Car Play/Android Auto is standard across the Pajero Sport range, as is Bluetooth and DAB radio, with a seven inch touchscreen controlling functions. Two USB’s, three 12V and one 220V AC outlets are provided. Sat Nav isn’t provided, so you’ll need to link your Smartphone to the car for that. Climate control A/C is single zone only in GLX, but ceiling mounted vents for the rear seat and cargo area keep the entire car cool.
GLX gets most of Mitsubishi’s intuitive Technology systems (MiTEC), with Forward Collision Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control, but Blind Spot Warning and rain sensing wipers are the preserve of the higher grade models.
Front end styling is very attractive with chrome accents and LED DRL’s, along with 18” alloys (265/60R18 Bridgestone tyres including full size spare), reinforcing Pajero Sport’s sleek image. The taillight design is polarising to say the least. It’s somewhat confronting at first, but over the week I had the car I warmed up to it.
Value, is the absolute winner in the equation for the Pajero Sport GLX. Priced at around $43K driveaway, this much 4WD, with this much comfort and versatility, is virtually a ‘no-brainer’ in my mind.
All Mitsubishi SUV’s come with a Diamond Advantage five year 100,000km warranty and 12 month 15,00km service intervals. So if you see a SUV as your next novated lease, consider the durability, comfort and value that Mitsubishi SUV’s offer your lifestyle and see if they Exceed your expectations.