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Mitsubishi Pajero V6 Exceed (2007)
The runts of the NS Pajero litter get plenty of attention, however long wheelbase types contribute most to the Mitsubishi cause.
In the latest wagon, prominent NP front wheel arches make way for a more streamlined, some would say sensible, style. While the exterior plays it safe, the engineers have ramped up performance.
A new 3.8-litre V6 headlines a familiar mechanical package, using variable valve timing to extract additional high-end power and more torque at lower engine speeds.
Now happier to rev, Exceed is marginally swifter across 400 m, and more purposeful when overtaking.
However the test car was annoyingly coarse around 2000 revs – right where the auto changes up on light throttle and just below highway cruising speed.
In other respects, Paj pundits won’t be disappointed.
Despite its height, this remains a heartening handler. Its steering is direct, accurate and communicative, larger tyres produce gains in grip levels and bigger brakes add more stopping surety. The electronic stability control is far from intrusive, even on loose surfaces.
That handling prowess, and disciplined damping, means a firmer ride than fierce foe Prado.
Mitsubishi believes every seat will get a workout, so it’s useful that access to the third row is easy.
That rearmost row remains the domain of the underage, due to legroom constraints, especially with a DVD in the roof-mounted player to keep complaints to a minimum.
Generally the seats are firm and supportive, if narrow, while space and practicality rank highly. It is a little off the pace for general fit and finish.
A new driving layout is welcome, although Pajero still doesn’t offer reach-adjustable steering and some buttons are a bit low. Not everyone appreciates the climb into these high types either.
Tall too is the price. Pajero models still offer abundant off-road and towing abilities but you certainly pay for those privileges.
The level of kit is generous and its economics are aided by the weighty warranty and low running costs. Although improved, petrol Pajero remains thirsty when worked, which is why its diesel brothers are forging ahead.
Equipment levels, warranty, handling
Engine coarseness, thirst, price
Dual row airconditioning, high intensity headlamps, alloy wheels, leather trim, heated front seats, rear seat entertainment system, side steps, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, premium audio system with CD stacker, power front seats, front fog lamps, power windows
Passenger, side front and curtain airbags, dual stage driver’s airbag, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, seven lap-sash seatbelts
||Pajero V6 Exceed
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
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||3.8-litre litre, six-cylinder engine with variable valve timing
||184 kW @ 6000 rpm
||329 Nm @ 2750 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
|Braking from 80 km/h
||13.5 litres/100 km
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.