2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport | new car review

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 by
2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2 stars
  • Poor
AEDAED 95,000 - 110,000
  • 5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • 1 Review

  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
    User: 84%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
    User: 69%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
    User: 73%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
    User: 76%
  • Performance
    Editor: 60%
    User: 64%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%
    User: 89%

Review Summary:

The Pajero Sport is a mid-size SUV that has been in production since 1996 and is currently in its second generation. Facing competition from the Kia Mohave and Honda Pilot, the Pajero Sport doesn’t have a lot going for it, visually at least.

Pros

Better ground clearance than the standard Pajero

Cons

When compared to its counterparts, the Pajero Sport is flat out revolting
It actually isn't as powerful or as capable as the standard Pajero.

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The 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is by far the most unappealing vehicle in the Japanese brand’s line-up. Based on the L200 pick-up, it is an evolution of its older and discontinued sibling, the Nativa. With better ground clearance and a higher stance, the Sport variant definitely looks more ready to get down and dirty than the standard Pajero, but with the front-end of a pick-up truck and a bulging rear, it just looks horrendous.

2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport front and side

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Unimaginative or lazy, I’m not entirely sure, but the designers at Mitsubishi have pulled the dashboard out of the L200 pick-up, splashed some silver and wood trim around the cabin and then thrown it into the Pajero Sport. Though seating for seven is standard, materials aren’t of the highest quality, with hard plastic being the flavor of the month.

2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport interior

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With the word Sport attached to its name, you’d expect the Pajero Sport to be more capable off-road than the standard Pajero, but sadly, it isn’t. We all remember hearing “don’t read a book by its cover” and it’s absolutely true, because not only does the Sport have a smaller and weaker engine than the standard Pajero, but it also lacks essential off-road equipment such as a rear differential.

2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport front

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At the heart of the deceiving Japanese SUV is a 3.5 litre V6 engine that is mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission and churns out 186 horsepower, along with 303 Nm of torque. When compared to the competition, the Pajero Sport pales in comparison, as an identical sized engine whips out 253 horsepower in the Honda Pilot and the Kia Mohave stirs up 274 horsepower with its 3.8 litre unit.

2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport rear

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With majority of the car being based on the L-200 pick-up, attributing the Pajero nameplate to the Sport is simply misleading. The only reason you’d consider the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, is if you were on a tight budget and couldn’t spend AED 2,000 more for the Kia Mohave, or AED 39,000 more for the better Honda Pilot.

2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport side

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3 Responses to 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport | new car review

  1. Pajero Sport Owner Reply

    June 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Very good initial pick-up, excellent ground clearance than the normal Pajero, very good leg-space for 7-8 passengers. Can carry good load of goods if the rear seats are grounded. Hard & durable exterior for off-road usage. The description & performance of this vehicle projected in the above page is actually not true.

  2. SuperGast Reply

    April 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I own the Diesel version (build in Thailand) one and I’m very happy with it, reasons:

    – Exterior
    Not a very exiting car to look at, but not ugly too. Don’t forget that his is a utility car and not just a SUV. It’s a work horse, so you can’t compare it with KIA or Honda for example.

    – Interior
    Very basic, and hard to break. Something we want from a work horse.

    – Quality
    Mitsubishi used old designs that have proven to be solid. Something that you want for this type of car.

    Feutures
    The car comes with a lot of accessories by default, like cruse control, GPS, reverse camera, reverse sensors, from sensors, rain sensor, ABS and ESP. Everything you need on a daily basis.

    – Performance
    When you go for an utility car, you should always consider a Diesel powered engine, which I did. And the car performs very well.

    – Value for money
    You get a lot for an utility car, which is much more comfortable than a pickup truck. If you have a few more bucks to spend I would definitely recommend this car to people that feel that a pickup is to bumpy, but a normal SUV is to luxurious.

  3. D Maslen Reply

    August 5, 2014 at 6:31 am

    • Exterior
      84%
    • Interior
      69%
    • Quality
      73%
    • Features
      76%
    • Performance
      64%
    • Value for money
      89%
    • Rated 5 stars

    I found it extremely capable off road. The rear load area was ample especially with the sliding rear seats.The towing capacity is great.I was searching for a wagon with a chassis and low range gearing. The value for money was spot on. However, the fuel consumption could be improved and the motor noise when cold is a bit concerning.

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