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2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Review


Good points

  • It’s still a handsome truck
  • Torquey diesel gets the job done
  • Ultra-sharp pricing

Needs work

  • Pajero Sport’s diesel is more refined
  • Fiddly third-row seat deployment
  • Flat front seats

Sure, it’s getting older, but the 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero is a roomy seven-seater with a good engine and a razor-sharp price. The Pajero is still a compelling option for families looking for a large SUV.

The Pajero is a handsome truck that has aged well, and it’s hard to argue with the deals many Mitsubishi dealers are willing to cut in the low $50,000 range.

That’s a lot of car for the money.

The interior design is a generation old but the addition of Apple CarPlay does a lot to keep this big wagon feeling fresh and smart.

With strong power delivery, the Pajero is a relaxed cruiser and once you’ve mastered its driving dynamics, it’s nippy enough in town as well.

Despite its imposing size, the Pajero isn’t hard to drive – even the smallest lady of the Chasing Cars team quickly felt right at home behind the wheel.

In an age of overstyled cars, the Pajero is an unfussy vehicle with a pretty simple message: lots of features, plenty of durability, room for seven – at a price about $10,000 cheaper than the equivalent Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

We borrowed the GLS base model – a car that’s realistically available around the magic $50,000 number – to see whether this is all the car your family might need.

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Key specs (as tested)

Single turbocharger
147kW at 3,800pm
441Nm at 2,000rpm
Power to weight ratio
67kW / tonne
Fuel type
Fuel capacity
Average Range
Four wheel drive
Engine configuration
4.9 metres
1.88 metres
1.9 metres
Unoccupied weight
Cargo space seats up
1050 litres
Cargo seats down
1789 litres

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