2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport MY18 Exceed (4x4) 7 Seat White 8 Speed Automatic Wagon
There are three things you need to know about the naming of the just-updated 2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed.
Firstly, this medium SUV is based on the Triton ute, not the two-decade-old Pajero large SUV, thankfully. Being based on that separate chassis platform means it prioritises rugged off-road hauling over on-road dynamics, so best only consider that Sport tag as referencing the boating and bushwalking activities it can assist with.
And as has long been the case with Mitsubishi, Exceed is the flagship model grade that in this case sits atop a range that spans $45,500 to $53,650 plus on-road costs.
Price-wise that places it directly against the Isuzu MU-X and Holden Trailblazer, but below the Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner equivalents. So, then, where does this not-properly-sporty, wagon-backed version of a Triton sit among them, and can it rise above that expanded description to properly justify its own Pajero Sport badgework? This Exceed shares its 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with the GLX and GLS model grades, as well as the Triton, but unlike that latter ute it mates with an eight-speed (rather than five-speed) automatic transmission.
With 133kW of power at 3500rpm, and 430Nm of torque at 2500rpm, outputs are identical across the board, and performance remains moderate at best in this 2105kg medium SUV application. At least eight gears makes for both step-off urgency and relaxed 110km/h-cruising, where the engine sits at 1750rpm.
It isn’t a supremely silent diesel, but the four-cylinder unit is impressively vibration-free and it melds well with generally low road noise and surprisingly comfortable ride quality. We say surprising because, with a live rear axle and a ute as its base, that isn’t always the case in these rugged wagon-backed off roaders.
While the Pajero Sport’s suspension manages a solid balance between softness and firm control, however, the steering lets the side down. It’s actually consistently mid-weighted and decently linear, but whether around town or making sharp off-road changes of direction, there are just too many turns lock to lock.
ANCAP Rating: 5 stars – this model scored 36.22 out of 37 possible points when tested by ANCAP in 2015.
Safety Features: Dual front, front-side, driver’s knee and three-row curtain airbags, ABS, electronic stability control (ESC), front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitor, and forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking (AEB).
WARRANTY AND SERVICING
Warranty: Five years/unlimited kilometres.
Servicing: Average annual or 15,000km service intervals
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- Date Listed:16/09/2020
- Last Edited:16/09/2020
- Seller Type:Dealer used
- Model:Pajero Sport
- Variant:EXCEED (4x4) 7 SEAT
- Body Type:SUV
- Drive Train:4x4
- Fuel Type:Diesel
- Air Conditioning:Yes
- Stock Number:861
- Seller Licence:3819612
- ANCAP rating:5 / 5
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