Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good With this significant upgrade (NT Series) Mitsubishi have improved noise levels – mostly by increasing the amount of sound deadening in the engine bay. The VRX (positioned one grade above the top-selling GLS) looks sportier with the ‘bling’ chrome grille and larger 18” alloy wheels.
Not so good The overall design is getting on – the 2009 Pajero still shares most of its skeleton (and a lot of its 'skin’) with the first monocoque platform NT Series Pajero launched waaay back in the year 2000 (it got a facelift in 2002 & 2006).
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good GLS and Exceed grades feature standard leather trim which adds to the perceived luxury. It's very comfy up front, even after hours behind the wheel.

Good overall seat support, but lacking in side-support when cornering at speed on the tarmac (not everyone will need that we admit).

Plenty of space inside – especially for the first two rows.
Not so good The dashboard design is good when compared to fellow Japanese competitors - but can’t compete with the luxury Euro 4x4’s (but they're more expensive, so we guess it depends on where your priorities lie).

Third row seats can’t match those in a large MPV (People Mover) for size and comfort.
Performance

Performance

Good The new 3.2L V6 Turbo Diesel is a real improvement – power jumps to a healthy 147kW (healthy for a diesel, that is) and torque (pulling power) increases to 441Nm – both figures up 18% over the outgoing NS Series Pajero. Plus, the new 5-speed auto also contributes to improved fuel economy.
Not so good Engine is still more noisy than quiet (compared to its direct competitors).
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The Super Select II 4WD system is the real deal (also nice to see Traction Control that works well). It handles impressively on-road for such a capable off-roader – ride is slightly firm (which is a good thing in our eyes) providing an almost car-like driving experience (the 'crisp' steering also helps). Plus, you can hustle a Pajero on the tarmac more so than most SUV’s with true ‘off-roading’ credentials.
Not so good Serious off-roaders would prefer if the Hill Descent control wasn’t automatic – i.e. a move to a switchable system (however, most expensive 4x4’s come with automatic hill descent). The firm suspension comes at the expense of a cosseting, soft ride.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Offers more equipment & features for the money compared to the benchmark Toyota Prado. The VRX grade is second from the top of the range (behind the Exceed) and comes FULL of features! The 3,000kg towing capacity means you'll be able to tow a caravan or boat no worries. The fuel economy figures of 9.2 litre per 100km (previous Pajero: 10.5 litres) are very impressive for a such a bluff-looking and heavy 4x4 – perfect for touring our big brown land.
Not so good Many more consumers favour the competing Toyota Prado...