Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS (7-seat)

Steady as she goes in 2019.

Mitsubishi has given the Pajero Sport a few tweaks since the last time we sampled it. Changes for model year 2018 enhanced functionality and safety. Forward collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control became standard on all models. In the case of the mid-range GLS versions, a new five-seat variant was added, a pair of powered USB ports were provided in row two, along with a new 150W/220V three-pin power outlet in the console box, and illuminated vanity mirrors up front. There’s also a soft-finish front console side trim enhancing comfort for front occupants.

MY19 changes on GLS are minimal and not that exciting with a tailgate spoiler, previously exclusive to Exceed models, now fitted and there’s a new paint colour, Dark Blue. GLS equipment includes seven airbags, dual climate control with vents for both rear rows of seats, keyless start and entry, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing auto LED headlights, power front seats, leather trims, side steps, 7” touch-screen, DAB+ radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, paddle shifters, 18” alloys and matching full-size spare wheel.

Rear view camera and rear park sensors are fitted too, but only Exceed models provide a multi-view camera system, front park sensors and blind spot warning, the latter a most handy feature in city traffic. Navigation isn’t fitted in any grade. Trailer stability assist, a 3100kg maximum towing mass and 310kg maximum ball-load will appeal to those with towing in mind.

Proper off-road adventures are well within its abilities too, with a rear diff lock, hill descent control, Mitsubishi’s Super Select II 4WD system with four modes (gravel, snow/mud, sand, rock) and low range transfer case all aiding the cause. Super Select II can be shifted on the fly and allows 4H to be used on roads where constant 4WD is required including low grip surfaces such as wet tarmac as it doesn’t lock the centre diff. There’s also a 4H lock centre diff position for off road conditions.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS (7-seat)

On road, the Mitsubishi still delivers respectable performance from the 2.4-litre turbo-diesel (as used in Triton) that’s matched to an eight-speed auto, a generally supple ride and secure roadholding.

Space limitations in the fold-away third-row seats make them more kid-friendly than ideal for adults. There are three child restraint points for row two, with ISOFIX anchors in the outer positions. The second-row seating can be tilted forward behind the front pews for extra load space.

KEY STATS

  • MLP: $50,990 (excludes on-road costs)
  • ENGINE: 2.4-litre, turbo-diesel 4-cyl
  • ANCAP SAFETY RATING: 5 stars
  • TAILPIPE CO2 (g/km): 212

FOR:

Comfortable and easy to drive, off-road capable, seven-seat models available, tilt/reach adjustment, Super Select 4WD system.

AGAINST:

Third row better suited to kids, no navigation, BSW and multi-view camera only on Exceed.