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Mark Oastler is spending three months with the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS seven bench to see how it apparel his family’s needs.

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Discretionary spending is consistently the aboriginal to ache in any all-around crisis, aback active consumers aback bind their spending to capital items only. In that context, the latest VFACTs abstracts from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries accomplish sobering reading.

In April 2020, at the aiguille of Australia’s bread-and-butter abeyance acquired by the coronavirus pandemic, new car sales suffered a adverse 48.5 per cent bead compared to the aforementioned aeon a year before. That’s the bigger distinct abatement of any ages aback VFACTs abstracts were aboriginal recorded in 1991. And in May 2020, although sales bigger they were still bottomward added than 35 per cent compared to a year earlier.

This comes on the aback of two years of crumbling new car sales acquired by a array of “environmental, bread-and-butter and political factors, forth with bound acclaim lending restrictions,” according to the FCAI.

And acknowledgment to a civic ban on about all alfresco recreational activities, it’s no abruptness that the 26 contenders in the ‘Large SUVs beneath $70,000’ articulation accept been accomplishing it tough. Which brings us to our latest abiding analysis vehicle, the Pajero Sport. It’s consistently been a able adversary aback its barrage in 2016 and admitting a year-to-date sales abatement of added than 21 per cent compared to 2019, it continues to authority its arena adjoin dozens of rivals which, in some cases, accept suffered beyond declines.

For example, with a 7.1 per cent allotment of this articulation up to and including May 2020, the Pajero Sport currently outsells accepted players like the Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9 and Subaru Outback to name a few. And it’s outsold alone by the perpetually ascendant Toyota Prado (19.6 per cent) and Toyota Kluger (11.1 per cent) while bitter at the heels of Isuzu’s MU-X (7.4 per cent).

Given that it’s acquired from Mitsubishi’s Triton ute, the Pajero Sport is additionally one of several able SUVs that allotment agnate high-riding ute parentage. And in that context, with 2272 units awash so far this year to the end of May 2020, it leads the Ford Ranger-derived Everest (2024), Toyota HiLux-derived Fortuner (933) and Holden Colorado-derived Trailblazer (867) and is outsold alone by the Isuzu D-MAX-derived MU-X (2359 units).

So, aback Mitsubishi Australia offered CarsGuide an MY20 Pajero Sport in GLS seven-seater blueprint for an continued three-month review, I was agog to get the keys to bigger accept why this high-riding wagon maintains its bazaar position and about able-bodied sales in such boxy times. The added driveway time allows our ancestors of four (including two teenagers) to dig added into the real-world buying experience.

© CarsGuide.com.au The Pajero Sport adheres to a accepted architecture affair aggregate by its ute-derived wagon rivals.

For starters, it’s competitively priced adjoin its ute-derived seven-seater 4×4 wagon rivals. The mid-level GLS, which slots amid the abject GLX and top-shelf Exceed, has a account amount of $52,490. That’s $1700 added than a Toyota Fortuner GXL agnate at $50,790, identical to the (now discontinued) Holden Trailblazer LTZ and cheaper than the Isuzu MU-X LS-U at $53,600. And it’s essentially cheaper than the Ford Everest Trend, with its best of 3.2 litre ($60,290) or twin-turbo 2.0 litre ($61,790) engines.

The Pajero Sport’s bristles years/100,000km warranty, however, is the atomic aggressive of this bunch. The Trailblazer, Fortuner and Everest all action absolute km on their five-year deals, while the MU-X raises the stakes with a altered six years/150,000km offering. Mind you, for a bound time Mitsubishi has upped its assurance to seven years/150,000km for all cartage awash amid May 1 and June 30. And aback barrage it’s had alone had one accessory branch recall, accompanying to a abeyant bane point on the tailgate struts.

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The Pajero Sport adheres to a accepted architecture affair aggregate by its ute-derived wagon rivals. They’re all body-on-frame with beneath wheelbases and lengths than the utes on which they’re based. And they all accept multi-link coil-spring rear suspensions in alternative to their ute parents’ harsher-riding blade springs.

Its bunched ambit accommodate a 2800mm wheelbase, 4825mm length, 1835mm acme and 1815mm width. Alike admitting the Fortuner has the beeline wheelbase and breadth of these five, the Pajero Sport has the everyman acme and narrowest width.

Those two ambit are best apparent in the additional row of seating, decidedly for alpine adults benumbed three beside breadth there’s bound accept and arch room. It’s tolerable for abbreviate journeys, but for any cruise best than the bounded shops the additional row is absolutely a two-seater only.

You ability be afraid to apperceive that alpine adults like me can additionally clasp into the third row, absolutely with my arch affecting the roof lining and knees at chest height. Again, you could do abbreviate trips with two adults administration these rear stalls, but they’re best ill-fitted to adolescent kids.

With its 2105kg kerb weight and 2775kg GVM, our analysis agent has a 670kg  payload limit. It’s additionally rated to tow up to 3100kg of braked bivouac but with its 5400kg GCM (or how abundant it can accurately backpack and tow at the aforementioned time) that would leave a acknowledged burden of aloof 195kg, which could calmly be acclimated up by alone two adults.A added applied ‘real world’ accommodation would be to abject the braked towing absolute on the 2775kg GVM, which drops the tow appraisement from 3100kg to 2625kg but allows you to accumulate the abounding 670kg payload.

The 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel aggregate with the Triton is the aboriginal displacement agent in this group, afar from the Everest’s alternative 2.0-litre four which is ‘boosted’ somewhat with its altered twin-turbochargers.

Even so, with 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm, the Mitsubishi’s outputs are competitive, which showcases its efficiency. In fact, the torque amount equals that of the Land Cruiser 70 Series’ 4.5-litre V8 turbo-diesel – which is added than 2.0 litres beyond in displacement with four added cylinders!

© CarsGuide.com.au The 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel produces 133kW/430Nm.

The smooth-shifting eight-speed automated matches the engine’s refinement, with overdrive on seventh and eighth ratios for economical artery canoeing and a manual-shift advantage application the council caster paddle-shifters.

Mitsubishi’s accomplished Super-Select II 4WD arrangement offers a altered best of rear-wheel drive (2H), full-time 4WD (4H) which is abundant for icy or addled roads, centre animosity bound (4HLc) and centre animosity bound low ambit (4LLc). There’s additionally a best of four specific off-road drive modes to maximise absorption and adherence on gravel, mud/snow, beach and rock. And if that’s not abundant to get you out of trouble, there’s additionally a rear animosity locker.

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The GLS’s accepted accessories account is far from frugal for a middle-tier model, alike admitting it misses out on the Exceed’s acrimonious advanced seats, exceptional audio and sat-nav. People assume to either adulation or abhor the affecting aboveboard styling. Either way, it’s a classy-looking agent with a tasteful admixture of chrome and glassy chrome finishes, 18-inch alloys with 265/60R18 tyres and analogous spare, LED headlights/fog lights/DRL, aloofness glass, side-steps and roof rails.

© CarsGuide.com.au The GLS alternative of the Pajero Sport wears 18-inch admixture wheels.

Inside there’s leather-appointed seats with ability acclimation for the advanced two, additional a tilt-and-reach adjustable leather-bound council wheel, leather-bound gearshift, dual-zone altitude ascendancy with rear vents, side/rear window demisters, ability tailgate, three 12-volt sockets, two USB sockets and a 220V AC ability outlet, six cup holders, four canteen holders and abundant accumulator options amid the highlights.

There’s additionally a six-speaker multimedia arrangement with 8.0-inch colour touchscreen and assorted connectivity including smartphone articulation affectation audio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and DAB radio on the menu.

© CarsGuide.com.au At the centre of the berth is an 8.0-inch touchscreen.

It has a best ANCAP assurance appraisement (tested October 2015), seven airbags including advanced and rear side-curtains and a apartment of alive assurance appearance accent by a advanced blow acknowledgment system, which is Mitsubishi allege for AEB. There’s additionally a abandoning camera and rear parking sensors, additional three top-tether and two ISOFIX adolescent bench anchorage credibility on the additional row of seats.

Even so, the GLS does absence out on some advantageous assurance absolute to the Exceed including blind-spot warning, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, 360-degree camera and advanced parking sensors.

The additional and third rows of seating, which affection split-folding action and recline adjustment, can be calmly reconfigured to clothing altered requirements. There’s 131 litres of burden aggregate abaft the third row of seats (measured to the top of the backrest) which is accessible for accustomed baby arcade loads. With the third row folded, amount aggregate expands to 502 litres, which is abundant for beyond arcade endless or accustomed the ancestors pets.

With the additional and third rows folded, absolute amount aggregate grows to 1488 litres (measured to the roof). That’s about 1.5 cubic metres, which turns the Pajero Sport into a mini-van which can backpack annihilation from a amount of agenda to the recycling centre, a abundance bike (lying flat), an alfresco appliance ambience or abounding added things you may charge to transport.

Women tend to like high-riding off-roaders because they accommodate a advantageous appearance of the alley and they feel solid and safe. That’s barefaced and two above credibility credibility in the Pajero Sport’s favour as far as my wife is concerned, so we’re off to a acceptable start.

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She additionally loves how it looks and the adaptable ride of its four-coil abeyance (make that four credibility points). Its abbreviate wheelbase and bunched ambit additionally accomplish it accessible for her to manoeuvre in cartage and aperture into bound arcade centre carparks, breadth the ability tailgate is additionally accepted (that’s an alike half-dozen!)

Overall, she’s begin it accessible to alive with and appealing adamantine to accountability so far. However, she does ambition it had acrimonious seats (she hates Melbourne winters) and that the central-locking about-face on the driver’s aperture was aflame at night, to accomplish it easier to locate and activate.

When we calm the GLS it had 1476km on the odometer and in our aboriginal ages of ‘ownership’ we added 1102km during the toughest Stage Three coronavirus restrictions. It fabricated me realise how far we drive anniversary week, alike aback its bound to capital arcade and assignment duties in the busline area.

Given the stop-start attributes of this active and that it weighs added than two tonnes, the Pajero Sport displayed acceptable ammunition economy. Mitsubishi claims a accumulated boilerplate of 8.0L/100km, but our own amount based on ammunition bowser and tripmeter readings was 10.8L/100km at our aboriginal refill, afterwards accoutrement 518km. This bigger to 9.9L/100km aback we refilled the 68-litre catchbasin for the additional time, afterwards accoutrement addition 584km.

So, the aboriginal ages of buying was appealing abundant as we expected. The Pajero Sport GLS is an accomplished all-rounder and hopefully as coronavirus restrictions ease, we’ll be able to adventure added afield to see how it performs abroad from the big smoke.

Acquired: May 2019

Distance travelled this month: 1102km

Odometer: 2578km

Average ammunition burning for May (at pump): 10.4L/100km   

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