2015 Mitsubishi Pajero | new car review

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 by
2015 Mitsubishi Pajero
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding
AEDAED 85,900 - 119,000
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  • Rated 4 stars
  • 8 Reviews

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  • Last modified: January 27, 2015
  • Exterior
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    User: 83%
  • Interior
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    User: 91%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
    User: 79%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
    User: 81%
  • Performance
    Editor: 85%
    User: 74%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 95%
    User: 92%

Review Summary:

Named after the Pampas cat that is native to southern Argentina, the Pajero is a full-size SUV built by the Japanese brand that has been around since 1982 and is currently in its fifth generation. Filling in a rather interesting niche in the market, the Pajero goes head on against competitors such as the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Land Cruiser.

Pros

Reasonable price tag when compared to its nearest rivals.
Interior quality for a car that falls into this price range.
capability is a major plus point.

Cons

Unimaginative exterior since it hasn't been altered significantly for the past eight years.

Looks

Introduced in 2006, the current generation Pajero flaunts a prominent chrome outlined grille, silver backing to the tail lamps and a rather rugged outershell. Being one of the few SUV’s that hasn’t got in on the ‘crossover hype’, its appearance is an ideal match to the performance it offers. However, nine years on, the boffins may want to conjure up something a little more innovative, rather than a flashier grille and redesigned rims every couple of years.

2015 Mitsubishi Pajero front

Feels

A few minutes within the cabin of the 2015 Mitsubishi Pajero and it’s clear that being comfortable was on top of the priority list when the interior was being put together. With wood finishing on the steering wheel, door panels and dashboard, along with USB audio and a banging 12 speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system to accompany, creature comforts weren’t forgotten in the full-size Japanese SUV.

2015 Mitsubishi Pajero interior

Engineering

Drive modes range from 2H and 4H, to 4HLc and 4LLC that switches to low range with a locked center differential and provides maximum low end torque to pull the Pajero through the stickiest of mud. However, that’s not all the Japanese have packed in, because with an optional rear differential lock, the Pajero delivers the traction needed to prevent wheel slip and navigate the most treacherous of situations.

2015 Mitsubishi Pajero side

What’s on offer?

Two engine choices are available in the 2015 Mitsubishi Pajero. A 3.5 litre V6 that churns out 186 horsepower and a larger 3.8 litre V6 that whips out 246 horsepower and boasts a top speed of 200 km/h. While a 4 speed automatic transmission is what the 3.5 litre variant receives, a 5 speed automatic transmission makes its way into the beefier 3.8 litre variant.

2015 Mitsubishi Pajero front

Summing it…

There aren’t many brands that possess a true off-roader anymore. Brands like Nissan and Ford have ditched their off-road capable Pathfinder and Explorer for vehicles that feel more at home in the city than off the beaten path, and while brands like Toyota have their trusty Land Cruiser, it’s priced at over double that of the Pajero. So going back to what I said earlier, the 2015 Mitsubishi Pajero fills an interesting niche in the market – the reasonably priced off-road capable niche…

2015 Mitsubishi Pajero side

Specifications

Specifications2015 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.5L2015 Mitsubishi Pajero 3.8L
Engine/ Cylinders3.5 litre / V63.8 litre / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
186 hp @ 4,750 RPM246 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
306 Nm @ 3,750 RPM329 Nm @ 2,750 RPM
Tranmission4 speed automatic5 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h12.7 secs10.8 secs
Top speed180 km/h200 km/h
PriceAED 85,900AED 119,000

83 Responses to 2015 Mitsubishi Pajero | new car review

  1. Richard Smith Reply

    January 11, 2017 at 2:34 am

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  2. Rajiv Reply

    July 25, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    As i m looking for 7 seater. I have zeroed in to pajero and xtrail. My daily use would be 10 km and 100 km once a week. I like pajero for its price and engine size… But concern is fuel efficiency, maintenance. Whereas i like xtrail for its feature but worried bout the third row. Pls guide
    Rajiv

  3. Sharz... Reply

    May 31, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Mr Zaran/,

    Really pleased with your knowledge about the vehicle. I am planning to buy 3.5L mid option pajero 2016 model. But still i have confused on reviews on pajero. can you share some light on the below mentioned:
    1. Has the noise level (Engine sound & wind sound) been taken care of in the 2016 model.
    2. Is the vehicle stable on sharp turns on average-high speed.
    3. What is the average fuel economy we can expect in UAE driving conditions.
    4. Is the Pajero coming with turbo engine & hows the pickup of the vehicle inside city areas.
    5. Is the vehicle maintenance efficient.
    6. Is the 3rd row seat comfortable for city & long drives.
    7. Do you prefer going for service contract along with purchase rather than buying it at the time of expiry of complimentery service warranty provided.

    Awaiting your valuable response
    Sharz…

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      June 1, 2016 at 1:18 am

      Dear Sharz,

      Thank you for writing in, pleasure having you on our site.

      1) The manufacturer cannot address the engine sound and wind noise until and unless it produces a newer model. In its current guise, the Pajero bears the same issues it has been suffering from since 2006.

      2) Keeping the vehicle’s dimensions in mind (especially its height), the Pajero cannot be compared to anything smaller. For its size, it handles very well, that’s all I can say.

      3) A realistic, livable average would be anywhere between 14 to 16 litres / 100 km depending on driving style, commute conditions etc.

      4) At this point in time, there is no confirmation as to whether the next generation model will sport a turbo charger – it’s all just speculation. The acceleration of the vehicle isn’t very impressive on the 3.5 litre. For a little extra grunt, you might want to get the beefier 3.8 litre variant.

      5) Being Japanese and being a Mitsubishi, the Pajero is virtually bulletproof. You can drive it on, and on, and on without worrying about it giving up on you.

      6) The 3rd row seat reclines making it a little more spacious than what some of the Pajero’s rivals have to offer. While it is tailored for children, it can easily be used by adults for short commutes around town.

      7) Personally, I opt for the service contract since I cover great distances on a daily basis. If, however, you don’t drive too much, the service contract could end up expiring before you actually get around to using it – makes sense to read the fine print and make the call depending on your daily commute.

      Hope this has helped.

      Please do not hesitate to write back should you require any further clarification.

      Regards,

      Zaran

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  4. Sharz... Reply

    May 31, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Dear Mr Zaran/,

    Really pleased with your knowledge about the vehicle. I am planning to buy 3.5L mid option pajero 2016 model. But still i have confused on reviews on pajero. can you share some light on the below mentioned:
    1. Has the noise level (Engine sound & wind sound) been taken care of in the 2016 model.
    2. Is the vehicle stable on sharp turns on average-high speed.
    3. What is the average fuel economy we can expect in UAE driving conditions.
    4. Is the Pajero coming with turbo engine & hows the pickup of the vehicle inside city areas.
    5. Is the vehicle maintenance efficient.
    6. Is the 3rd row seat comfortable for city & long drives.
    7. Do you prefer going for service contract along with purchase rather than buying it at the time of expiry of complimentery service warranty provided.

    Awaiting your valuable response

    • Charl Reply

      July 19, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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  5. rads Reply

    May 27, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    hai all

    Any one having idea to buy PAJERO, kindly don’t, this is my personal opinion… really fed up… everytime I have to pray god, car should be in good condition.
    bought on this yr only,high end model, nearly 7times problem, if ur car ideal for more than a week. damn sure it wont get start.

    customer care ppl they r down to earth to help ur problem. nothing be solved .

    its not value for money…

  6. Muhammad Fahad Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I looking for the Pajero 2015, kindly let me know the best offer.

    Thank you,

    Muhammad Fahad
    00971 507048551

  7. Anjitha Reply

    April 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Dear Zaran

    I want to visit long distance like Orman and I am naturally traveler.. Specially to desert area. I was thinking to buy Jeep Wrangler unlimited and I got to know it’s rear seat and air conditioning is not comfortable. Also some review says it is not good in city life (Noisy and bit of wobble in high speeds). I am thinking about my family comfort and off-road capabilities (I need 4WD but I am not sand dunes basher) my maximum budget is 140-150k .I also considered Toyota Prado

    I am thinking to get 3.8L version over 3.5L and I have below issues with Pajero
    1) Pajero is highly subjected to rollover in bends ?
    2) Ground clearance is less compare to Prado ? (many reviews shows how it stuck in sand compare to other SUV)

    I wish to buy Toyota Parado but it is 2.7L. Most my friends say 4L engine is must for desert trips which is expensive in Toyota prado. Pajero is winning in that sense but interior looks cheap compare to Prado.Please advice

    • Saif Elmeziati Reply

      June 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Dear Zaran,

      I will be moving out from Dubai, and i have a lovely Pajero Platinum Full Range 3.8 and my wife is driving it, i bough it in November 2014, at 132K, the car is still under warranty, and i have purchased a service contract which will last for 2 years ( 8 services).
      Please contact me if you are interested, the price is really attractive.

      as i mentioned i am leaving Dubai, otherwise i have no intention to sell my car and please note that i am not a car dealer.

      Best regards

      0558451928

  8. Nael Reply

    April 13, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Dear Zaran,
    I’m confused between three cars and I’m seeking the advice :
    Pajero 3.8 2016
    Ford Explorer 2016
    GMC Acadia 2016
    Regards.

  9. syed husain Reply

    March 4, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Dear Zaran.
    Please clarify whether 2016 pajero 3.8 is trouble free vehicle for at least 5years. If god forbid we need parts compare to Toyota it is expensive or both or same.
    After getting reply I need to proceed.

    2. How about landcruiser GXR 3 or landcruiser prado 2016.
    Please clarify about the resale after 5 years and explain both the SUV’s Wear and tear.

    thanks in advance.
    Wish You A Nice Weekend.
    Regards.
    Eng. Syed

    • UMMER MUHAMMAD Reply

      July 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Dear Zaran,

      I have 2015, 3.5 ltr pajero.
      I am facing the issue of Mirror vibration (both side mirrors & centre ).I have complained to the dealer, and each time they said its fixed. But I am still facing the same issue. Is it common in all Pajero the mirrors will vibrate at 120km/hr on highways ? I am fed up with this, pls comment.

  10. syed husain Reply

    March 4, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Assalamu alaikum zahran.
    hope you are doing good.
    I m working as an sales engineer in saudi arabia. Right now I m n mood to shift to SUV.
    i already decided to buy either prado 4cylinder or pajero 3.8.
    but my son wants to go for landcruiser gxr full option or yukon.
    now I m confused.
    please suggest the below.
    1. Which one is have resale value I.e. after 5 years.
    2. Which one is trouble free vehicle.
    I am waiting for your reply so as to act accordingly.
    Thanks in advance for your support.
    Eng. SYED
    KSA

    please suggest shall I

  11. Noor Reply

    March 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Hello everyone.
    I bought a PAJERO 3.5L GLS Model 2016 just a week before. I am happy with the performance. The SUV is packed with awesome features. But I noticed one thing i.e.The vehicle vibrates too much while on speed breakers/cat eyes & makes more noise. May be if there is any problem in suspension? whether all pajero’s sound the same?

    Can anyone please answer this..

  12. Noor Reply

    March 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    • Exterior
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    • Quality
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    • Value for money
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    • Rated 5 stars

    Hello everyone.
    I bought a PAJERO 3.5L GLS Model 2016 just a week before. I am happy with the performance. The SUV is packed with awesome features. But I noticed one thing i.e.The vehicle vibrates too much while on speed breakers/cat eyes & makes more noise. May be if there is any problem in suspension? whether all pajero’s sound the same?

    Can anyone please answer this?

  13. Wayne Reply

    February 21, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Driving a 2016 pajero…beautiful ride but the central lock dies not lock automatically. I must use the manual switch while in the car or the remote when outside.

    • Sharif Reply

      February 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      hi,
      thank you, can you let us know about fuel consumption of your Pajero 2016 as well as what engine you are driving like 3.5 or 3.8 Liter?

  14. abid Reply

    January 25, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    is it wise to go for pajero? if yes y

  15. Sameh Reply

    January 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm

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    Pajero 2016 3.5 l , full option is awesome ….

  16. anas Reply

    January 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Zaran,

    Thank you for you great feedback. I just stuck with the decision to get Pajero 3.5 or 3.8 engine. I wanted to know if the difference in the power is noticeable and worth to pay extra money and which one has more sound on high way

    Also, some people said that the pajero is not stable on the road and has vibration. Is this true?

    Thanks a lot

    • Minerva Reply

      July 19, 2016 at 11:40 pm

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  17. Faisal Reply

    January 4, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Hello

    I appreciate your kind support.
    I am planning to buy a new car, Pajero is on of the choices I have, but I heard that its not stable at curves when you drive it inside the city.
    I heard this few times and I am worried form this for my little daughter and wife.
    Also what is your advice ? to pick Pajero 3.8 or 3.5, My wife will use the car inside the Dubai, but for 5 – 8 days monthly i have trips to Abu Dhabi or Al Ain.

    Regards

  18. Sj Reply

    December 18, 2015 at 1:30 am

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    Just bought a 3.5 platinum. There’s a whistling wind noise while driving even at speeds of 60kmph. Is this normal or is there something wrong with my car? Please advise as the Habtoor motors people are not that helpful in this.

  19. selvam Reply

    December 15, 2015 at 9:23 am

    hi zaran,
    interested to buy Pajero2016 3.5L Platinum. for test drive they gave 2015 full option… very noisy… but sales person assures less noise in 2016 module. confused on pajero2016. budget is 100k AED.

    could u plz help

  20. Anand Reply

    November 30, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Dear Zaran
    me living in western abudhabi.monthly once comes to abudhabi city.living in housing community.my budget 75-85k,my friends tell me opt for pajero.and my average drive is 10k, km/year.having two kids of 5 years.shall i opt rav 4 /santa fe/pajero. i concern safety/mileage/resale value.
    please suggest me.thank u

  21. AJ Reply

    November 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Driving Pajero GLS 3.5 and have following review:

    1-Comfortable ride.
    2-Nice interior
    3-Off road capability is strong
    4-Not as much noisy as mentioned by many people,i find it alright.
    5-A bit slow in start.
    6-Limited space for Driver’s dashboard, i dont find place to keep my Mobile phone & wallet etc, and Mitsubishi should improve it.

    In full time 4×4 SUV category, Pajero is a good choice,Other’s SUV Fortuner seems rough & Clumsy, Toyota Prado is good but it is overpriced, Nissan Pathfinder is too big and the interior looks like a bathroom, i meant its color & appearance is not as good as of Nissan Patrol Safari,it should be black or some combination of beige & brown.Since the Pajero gives a very Masculine and Rugged Interior, i chose it, Interior of Patrol Safari is awesome but its starting price is 180K.

    Summary is that if your budget is around 100K, go for Pajero its a full time 4×4 & you’ll enjoy the Ride for sure, Santafe 3.0 is other alternative (Initial Slowness will be a negative though).

    If your budget is above 130K than choose between Toyota Prado or Jeep Cheroke/Grand Cheroke.

    Last thing, never expect the comfort of a Luxurious car with SUV, car is car, its more luxurious and its more easy to handle.

  22. Saleem Reply

    November 17, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Zaran,
    I have shortlisted Pajero 2016 and Pilot 2015. Please comment on the Performance aspects of both the vehicles. I do feel Pilot is very spacious, but unsure on the performance. Also resale value is reportedly less for Pilot 2015.
    regards,
    Saleem.

  23. jaffar Reply

    November 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Hai Zaran

    i am planning to buy used mitsubishi pajero

    Year:
    2011
    Kilometers:
    85200
    Horsepower:
    200 – 300 HP

    my question is some car mentined HP 300- 400. is there any such HP differnt model in 3.5L

    is it advisable to buy used car….?

  24. Rohit Reply

    November 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Zaran,

    I must say you have very useful information about the cars and proper advice – appreciate your comments:

    My budget is 100-110k, i have seen quite a few cars, pajero is the car which I liked among other for the features and interiors and looks as well – my question is
    1. I am confused when I heard of Montero sport to be introduced in Jan 2016, would you suggest that I wait till then?

    2. I am convinced on your reviews about pajero – you were not convinced on 3.5 engine – i am thinking to finalize mid option for 105k – would you suggest that I should not consider this option?

    Final question, how is the resale on the car, I wish to sell it in 2-2.5yrs when I go back for good from UAE.

    Pls suggest other car if you feel so

    Thank you in advance on your reply.. I appreciate it.. good job man!

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Rohit,

      Hope you’re well and are having a great day.

      It is worth noting that while the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Mitsubishi Pajero share the same name, that’s about all they have in common. While the former is based on the Mitsubishi Triton platform (a pick-up truck), that isn’t the case with the regular model; meaning, the drive in the Pajero Sport is likely to be a lot harsher and less refined.

      The Pajero Sport is in many ways the ideal rival to Toyota’s Fortuner (again, a model that is based on the Hilux platform), while the regular Pajero would go up against the likes of the Toyota Prado. The current Pajero Sport is so far off the regular model that while it does boast better ground clearance, it hasn’t even got A/C vents for rear occupants!

      Having said that, promotional videos of the 2017 / 2018 Pajero Sport definitely show that it’s taken a massive leap in the right direction. Is it worth the wait? Quite frankly, I haven’t heard anything about it being released in January just yet. What I can confirm, however, is that the regular Pajero is set to make its world debut in 2018.

      The 3.5L Pajero is not a bad car, don’t get me wrong. It feels a tad lethargic and that is completely understandable seeing the weight it has to lug around. If it’s mainly city driving and the extremely occasional desert trips, the 3.5L will do you well. Resale on the car is in line with most Japanese cars – it’s better than the Germans and Americans, but still not as good as a Toyota or a Nissan.

      Hope this helps and thank you very, very much for your kind words.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  25. Regino Reply

    October 31, 2015 at 12:06 am

    hi, im confused if i should go for the 2016 pajero, 2016prado or the anniversary fortuner or the trd fortuner, can someone please shed some light, prices does nit differ that much these days

    i am travelling from jumeirah1 dubai to abu dhabi every single day, im am looking into comfort, style, and fuel economy, thanks much in advance

  26. Enrique Reply

    October 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm

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    • Value for money
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    • Rated 5 stars

    I love it!!!!!!

  27. Santhosh Menon Reply

    October 26, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I am contemplating buying a 2016 Pajero Platinum 3.5L in Dubai. Noting that the new Pajero Sport (Montero Sport) 2016 will be launched late November/early December 2015, I am confused if I should wait for the Sport or just buy the Platinum 3.5L. Could anyone please advise me if Pajero Sport will be a better model than the Platinum 3.5L, and what are those feature where it will outweigh the Platinum ? Thanks.

  28. abhy Reply

    October 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    hi,
    can any one update me about new kia sorento 2016.
    Price wise its loaded with all features but in general every talks about bad re sale value of Kia.
    Should I go for Pajero, Santa fe or Sorento.
    Thanks

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Abhy,

      Personally, while the Sorento is loaded to the brim with features, I’d suggest you either look into the Pajero or the Santa Fe. The Pajero, is not only roomier and more capable off-road, but also provides a lot more peace of mind and reliability than the Santa Fe.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  29. Shankar Reply

    October 21, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I am about to buy a pajero 2016 3.8 l V6.
    The SUV seems generally good, with very good value for money.
    I want to know if the engine is powerful with a good torque.
    Also, specs says it is equipped with AWC. What does this mean?
    Does it mean that it is with automatic AWD or it operates AWD only when manually shifted to 4WD.
    I always drive only on normal roads and highways and never on desserts.
    Will remain grateful for detailed reply.
    Thanks and Regards

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Shankar,

      AWC in Mitsubishi lingo simply refers to All Wheel Control – a combination of ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist, and 4WD all working in harmony. Marketing fluff, to be completed frank with you.

      The 3.8L engine is not only the most powerful engine in the line-up, but it boasts a significant boost over the output of the 3.5L variant. Torque is more than sufficient and eliminates the lethargic feeling that is felt when piloting the 3.5L variant.

      The 4WD system is activated through a smaller gear lever located beside the central shifter and allows for the car to be driven in 2WD mode, with power being delivered to only the rear wheels as well. If you wish to venture off-road, there’s also a 4WD mode with various settings, a low range gear, and two differentials on board.

      Hope this helps you out.

      Regards,

      Zaran

      • Shankar Reply

        November 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm

        Many thanks Zaran.
        I just bought the Mitsuibishi Pajero 2016 3.8 litre V6 version ( made in Japan) and is with me for the last 2 days.
        I could not test drive the vehicle earlier, but bought it based on good Internet reviews, including that of yours.
        I am happy with the vehicle, the power and torque are good.
        I find the engine powerful and at the same time smooth.
        The music and a/c systems seem good and overall the drive is enjoyable.
        The SUV is packed with so many features, not easily possible at such a competitive price, it is indeed a fantastic value for money.
        Thanks a lot.
        Regards,

        • Mukesh Reply

          November 6, 2015 at 10:08 am

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          • Value for money
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          • Rated 4 stars

          Hello Shankar,
          I am planning to buy a new car and 2016 pajero is one of shortlisted model.
          I just wanted to check with you ,if the pajero still have high engine noise and cabin is noise at high speed?
          Has there been improvement in the noise from the 2015 model?
          Regards,
          Mukesh

          • Shankar

            November 8, 2015 at 8:28 pm

            I have not observed any noise disturbance.
            I find the cabin is cozy.
            I am very happy with the purchase of Mitsuibishi Pajero, which is, to me, an excellent choice, in all respects.
            Regards,

        • Zaran Tarapore

          Zaran Tarapore Reply

          November 9, 2015 at 1:01 pm

          Hi Shankar,

          Wishing you the heartiest of congratulations on your new purchase. I’m extremely glad to have been able to help out and to hear that you’re enjoying your new ride. Also, you’ve got some guts to make such an expensive purchase without a test drive, I know I wouldn’t be able to! All the very best and thanks once again!

          Regards,

          Zaran

  30. jitendra Reply

    October 21, 2015 at 12:36 am

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    I own pajero 3.5 2015 platinum edition pros are many and cons very few. I am 6ft 2 inch. For my height i could really adjust the seat, it has excellent thigh support. Electric Lumbar adjustment as well. I have visited toyota avanza and pajero. My kids need to sleep well and it should be safe was my priority. Ride quality is excellent. You feel you are in a tank, with no ammunition. Very safe and nice seats. Feels like you are on dunlop, knowing hardly any jerks. No vobbling much. Climate control ac automatically shifts to heater mode when outside temperature is less and thereby, ac works in heater mode and air from outside comes in. However we can change to manual mode as well. Even in manual mode when going through stinky area, even when air circulation is made to circulate with in inside, you get the stinky smell. This is quite disturbing. Even at a little above average speed, on roundabout, vehicle very slightly moves away from track, even though it has ebd. However pajero is massive. After all it is not a car. Wind noise is slightly audible, especially if you are on bridge or on highway. It has 6 airbags and came with free insurance for a year. Registration fee is add on..

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Jitendra,

      Great to hear that you’re enjoying your Pajero! Thanks a lot for coming on the site and sharing your experience with us and all of our readers.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  31. Eduardo Reply

    October 10, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Confused with avanza at 54900aed vs pajero 84900aed

    • Ashwin Reply

      October 14, 2015 at 11:39 am

      Well if it really is Avanza vs Pajero for you, it loks like a pretty simple choice. The points you need to look into are:

      1) DO you have most of your commuting within the city or do you off-road more.

      Within the off road, is it really into harsh terrain you go or moderate off roading. Because, i doubt whether that avanza will be able to take you much into the off beaten path or not. certainly pajero if you have off road on your mind. Sturdiness, ability undoubtedly pajero. but it will certainly not be as friendly towards your pocket. It will certainly boost your ego as compared to an avanza.

      2) if u want economy, and most of your movement is within the city, Avanza will be sufficient and however every four wheeler will be able to do some moderate off road (minimal) even that yaris can.

      3) and Pleeessss.. pajero looks a lot better than that avanza

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 3, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Eduardo,

      Two very, very different cars. If transporting people is your primary objective (commercial use), then you’ll be happy with the affordability of the Avanza. If you’re looking for a comfortable and off-road capable family hauler, the Pajero is your best bet.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  32. Prasad Reply

    October 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Hi,

    I have shortlisted and stuck with Edge, Mazda CX9, Pajero 3.5 top, Santa Fe top. Edge is my all time favorite, but still 2014 model being sold in gulf and 2016 is going to launch in Feb ’16. I dont know whether to wait till Feb or go for Pajero or Mazda CX9 or Santa Fe…

    Coming to Pajero, it is tested and everyone knows about it. No doubt, its value for money. I dont know how comfirtable it is as compared to a crossovers (edge, Mazda CX9, Santa fe).

    I heard pajero has wind noise issue on high ways… no panaromic sun roof, no auto tailgate, no engine start button etc. I dont know about seats whether comfirtable or not for a family.

    Coming to Korean vehicles, they are not as strong as Japan ones, I know even you dont feel the smoothness when you drive. BTW, its my personal opinion.

    Please throw some light, correct me if I am wrong…

    Thanks…

    – See more at: http://automiddleeast.com/2015/01/27/headline/2015-mitsubishi-pajero-new-car-review#comment-454407

  33. lakshmipathi Reply

    October 2, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I heard that, Pajero makes noise inside the car at higher speeds. Could anyone let me know your experience in this regard.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      November 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Lakshmi,

      The Pajero isn’t a quiet car by any means, especially at high speeds, but it isn’t excessively noisy either. I’d recommend a test drive just so that you’re absolutely sure before you purchase one.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  34. kamal Reply

    October 1, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Hi Zaran,

    We see a lot of dealers outside selling pajero’s at much lower prices then the dealer price.
    whats the catch,Can you please throw some light on that.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      October 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Good Morning Kamal,

      It’s difficult to pinpoint what exactly might be wrong with the vehicles being sold by other dealers, but sometimes the vehicles could be US imports, or ones that have been damaged in floods and are simply refurbished.

      Just as the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Stick with the dealer and you should be in safe hands, Kamal.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  35. Bladewidth Reply

    September 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Hi Zaran

    Thanks for a great and balanced review, possibly one of the very few which looks at the car from a regular Joe perspective as much as it’s from an enthusiast angle..

    Few questions as a noob :

    The 2016 model is now available at a 10k aed premium, I’m not clear yet of the difference between both 15 and 16 MY, although I’m lead to believe that the shape remains more or less the same. The new pajero sport is on a radical shift so in your opinion do you see the same happening to the pajero, if so what would be the impact on resale value and depreciation?

    According to one of your comments, does the 3.8 offer better fuel economy and efficiency versus the 3.5?

    My dad has a 2009 MY pajero and although overall it’s still a great car, there is significant body roll, exterior wind noise as well as hard steering handling, do these characteristics still continue in the subsequent 2015 and 2016 models?

    Where are the pajeros manufactured?

    Thanks in advance

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      September 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Bladewidth,

      Great having you on our site and thank you very, very much for your kind words.

      The Pajero hasn’t undergone any major changes for almost a decade now. Every year it’s a new set of alloys, a slightly revised grille and that’s all that really changes. The Pajero Sport has indeed been through a radical change, but unfortunately there’s no word on what the next step for the Pajero could be. Some speculate it may lose its ruggedness (as did the Pathfinder and Explorer) and come in as a hybrid, while on the other side you’ve got people convinced that the next one is going to be a crossover of sorts.

      While official fuel ratings for the 3.5L and the 3.8L might differ greatly, in the real world they’re negligible. Thus, having the bigger engine and the extra power is more than welcome.

      Also, all the negatives you mentioned are still very much present in the current model. The sad truth is that things like wind noise aren’t given much importance since the Pajero is seen as a budget, value for money offering that rolls out of Japan.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  36. Amit Reply

    September 20, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Hi
    I am planning to buy a Pajero. A bit confused between the 2015 and 2016 Pajero.. full options (with a 10000 AED price differential). Any idea whats so additional in 2016 for the price tag (or the price would come down in the course of the year)

  37. Pawan Reply

    September 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Can anyone tell me if there is a satnav system in the 2015 Pajero, as it seems to be missing in the pictures that I have seen so far. Also what is the fuel economy difference between 3.5 vs 3.8 L versions? is it enough to discourage one from buying the 3.8 version?
    Thanks

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      September 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Pawan,

      From the factory, the Pajero doesn’t come equipped with a SATNAV system. However, it is something that Al Habtoor is more than happy to install for you in around AED 15,000 if I remember correctly. Having driven vehicles equipped with both engines, I’d highly encourage you to opt for the 3.8L. The performance gains are significantly greater which means the car doesn’t feel like it’s struggling to carry its own weight and it allows you to think about venturing off-road, should you so wish.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  38. Dr syed zahid Reply

    September 17, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I m Dr Zahid I planned to buy pajero 3.5L but I didnot decide which is best for me Fortuner Gx4/2 or trailblazer can advise for me my range aprox I Lac SR

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      September 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Dr. Zahid,

      Good to have you on our website. Between the three options you’ve selected, your best pick would either be the Fortuner or the Pajero. The Trailblazer has lost the ruggedness it once possessed and is now no different an offering from one of the Korean brands. Seeing that the Fortuner you’ve got your eye on is a 4×2, I’d urge you to settle for the Pajero since that would at least allow you to venture off-road, should you so wish. All the very best in your search.

      Regards,

      Zaran

      • Vugar Guliyev Reply

        September 25, 2015 at 6:56 pm

        Hi Mr Zaran.
        I am also fan of Pajero and planning to buy 3.8L version. Is there difference between so called Gold Emblem and Silver Emblem Full Option Pajero 2016. I am in doubts what to buy..Thanks in advance and best regards..

        • Zaran Tarapore

          Zaran Tarapore Reply

          September 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

          Hi Vugar,

          Good to have you on our site. To my knowledge, all that differs is the colour of the emblems and badges. While the gold package does compliment a black exterior quite nicely, it is a little silly and does fade with time. Your best using that excess cash you save by opting for the silver package elsewhere.

          Regards,

          Zaran

  39. Danish Anwar Reply

    August 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    thanks to all

  40. Abhi Reply

    August 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Zaran,

    I am planning to buy 2015 Pajero 3.5 full option. My budget is around 110K. I saw many SUV’s but believe in this range Pajero is the one which looks like a SUV and other are really got lost in crossover hype.

    Can you please provide some advise as people here say service is not good and other things. Or if there is any other car that i can compare this with.

    Thanks
    Abhi

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      August 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Abhi,

      In its price range, the Pajero is king as far as value for money is concerned. As you rightly pointed out, rivals such as the Pathfinder and Explorer have got lost in the crossover hype and also wear larger price tags than the Pajero. Personally, I haven’t had any issues with the car or the servicing for the past five years; it’s simply been great.

      Regards,

      • Abhi Reply

        August 13, 2015 at 8:49 am

        Thanks Zaran.

  41. A.Suresh Reply

    August 9, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I heard that the MMCS in pajero is not original and it’s a Chinese made device. The sales rep told me to go for non touch regular system. He also said that the Rockford won’t sound excellent with touch screen coz of the system replace. Please advice.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      August 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Hi Suresh,

      The touchscreen is in all likelihood an aftermarket fitment. The Rockford system is excellent, but I haven’t heard it with the screen installed. Your best bet would probably be to ask the salesman to demonstrate the difference so you can make a better decision.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  42. dr ahmed KSA Reply

    July 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Good space and value for money

  43. Haris Reply

    July 14, 2015 at 5:36 pm

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    Hello there ,
    I am bit confused of 2015 Pajero elite limited edition or 2014 FJ cruiser VXR ! Price ways no issues ..
    But mileage and maintenance and comfort ways which is best .?? Any suggestion ..? Whats the main advantage and dis on both cars

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Hi Haris,

      Hope you’re well and that you enjoyed the Eid break.

      The Pajero and FJ Cruiser are quite different, so let’s get into the nitty-gritty details and see which one works better for you.

      Mitsubishi Pajero – Having owned one myself for the past six years, I can tell you that this car is virtually bulletproof. It’s strong, got seven seats and is comfortable too. On the downside, it is a little dated since it hasn’t been updated in nearly ten years now and lacks the grunt to challenge the FJ Cruiser on the dunes.

      FJ Cruiser – Since it’s got a 4.0 litre engine, power is aplenty. Be it on the road or off the beaten path, the FJ is a joy to drive. If you’ve got a large family or have guests coming down to visit you often, the FJ can only accommodate five passengers, which can prove tricky. If you opt for the FJ Cruiser with Dual Tanks, you can well get around 800 kilometres between fill ups at the pumps. You may also want to check with Al Futtaim, but I reckon the FJ has service intervals of every 10,000 kilometres, while the Pajero will require you having to visit the service centre at every 5,000 kms.

      Let’s put it this way, the Pajero is more of a family SUV. It’s comfortable, practical, spacious and is also more than happy to get off the tarmac and onto the dunes. But if it’s a small family you’ve got and want to have a car that is genuinely a lot of fun to drive, then the FJ is what you should be looking at.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  44. Adersh Reply

    July 14, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Hi,

    I own a Toyota Camry now and planning to move into the next segment preferably the SUV and my budget is somewhere in the range of AED 100K.

    I have shortlisted 3 options – Pajero 3.5, Santa Fe and Ford Edge 2014. But I am stuck at the shortlists for quite some time and expecting some expert advice on the best choice. Not that I am much of an offroader, but yes I prefer a bigger and safer vehicle than the one I own right now. My only concern holding me back from the Pajero is its outdated design, which I have heard is going to be redone by September. Any idea if this is true?

    Please advise on the best choice considering that there are quite some good offers before Ramadan ends.

    Regards

    Adersh

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 14, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Hi Adersh,

      Hope you’re well and are having a great day.

      Each of the cars you’ve shortlisted have redeeming aspects but not without their flaws.

      1) Mitsubishi Pajero – Starting at AED 85,900 the Pajero falls well within your budget, is spacious and mighty practical too. The downside to this one however, is that since it hasn’t undergone any major changes for the past ten years, it is a little dated and its age is beginning to show. The new generation model is rumoured to be just around the corner, but we can’t predict by when it’ll hit our shores this side of the world.

      2) Hyundai Santa Fe – Starting at AED 83,900 the Santa Fe also falls well within your budget which means you can probably snag the top of the line variant at around AED 100,000. Being a Korean offering, the Santa Fe is loaded with a whole lot of technological whizbangery and will even provide you the comfort of seven seats.

      3) Ford Edge – Subjectively the most stylish of the bunch, the Edge’s AED 105,000 starting price means you’ll most likely have to settle for a lower specced model, giving up a fair chunk of its features. More importantly, the second generation model has already made its way into international markets, meaning you’ll be stuck with an outdated model in no time.

      The way I see it, your actual choices narrow down to the Pajero and Santa Fe. Test drive both vehicles, see which one you’re most comfortable in and finally also see which one will be more affordable to run (service costs etc).

      Hope this helps, thanks for getting in touch!

      Regards,

      Zaran

      • Adersh Reply

        July 14, 2015 at 10:57 am

        Thanks a lot Zaran for removing a bit of my confusion with regards to Edge. Now since Edge is out of the picture , I am still stuck with the Pajero and Santa Fe. I had a test drive of Pajero a few days back (felt really powerful) and planning to take the test drive of Santa Fe today.

        A couple of other aspects which is bothering me is actually with regards to the fact that some of my contacts have been mentioning that Pajero is a bit noisy compared to the other vehicles and also gives much lesser mileage than the others of its class.(my average usage per day is around 75 kms)

        Would you be able to shed some light on that as well.

        Thanks

        Adersh

        • Zaran Tarapore

          Zaran Tarapore Reply

          July 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

          Hi Adersh,

          Glad to have eliminated one out of the way!The Pajero is a little noisy at highway speeds – wind noise seeps through more than anything else, but isn’t enough to be considered a nuisance in any way.

          The big difference in the Santa Fe and the Pajero is the transmission. While the Santa Fe benefits from a 6 speed automatic, the dated Pajero makes do with a 4 speed. This in turn leads to higher RPMs at highway speeds, louder engine notes being heard in the cabin and lesser mileage as well.

          What you’ll also need to keep in mind is that while the Pajero has a 4WD system, the 3.5 litre variant doesn’t come with a rear differential. Either way, it will still be more capable off-road than the 2.4L Santa Fe which only comes as a FWD model.

          Seeing that you cover approx 70kms a day and aren’t inclined to exploring off-road, the Santa Fe sounds like a better option. It will be more comfortable in the city and will even save you money at the pumps.

          All the best and keep us in the loop. We’d love to know what you finally settle for.

          Regards,

          Zaran

    • Prasad Reply

      October 5, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Hi,

      Finally which one you got? Even I am stuck at the shortlists same like you. Edge is my all time favorite, but still 2014 model being sold in gulf and 2016 is going to launch in Feb ’16. I dont know whether to wait till Feb or go for Pajero or Mazda CX9 or Santa Fe…

      Coming to Pajero, it is tested and everyone knows about it. No doubt, its value for money. I dont know how comfirtable it is as compared to a crossover (edge, Mazda CX9, Santa fe).

      I heard pajero has wind noise issue on high ways… no panaromic sun roof, no auto tailgate, no engine start button etc. I dont know about seats whether comfirtable or not….

      Please share your experience…

  45. Kkk Reply

    June 16, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Can somebody please comment on the actual fuel economy of pajero 3.5 ltr. I have heard it can get as low as 5-6 km per liter! Is this true?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      June 16, 2015 at 11:11 am

      Hi KKK, that is about right.

      Official stats average 13 litres / 100 km, but I’d say 16 / 100 km is probably a more realistic avg.

      Regards,

      Zaran

  46. Rosemarie Armstrong Reply

    May 20, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Don’t let your friends and family have the last laugh at your choice to get a Mitsubishi in the UAE. Ha ha ha ha I laugh the last and longest. I have had a Jeep for over 15 years with not a scratch on it, well maintained by Trading Enterprices.
    My husband got a Pajero in spite of my comments that owners left for alternate workshops after the three year period ????
    No wonder. Within the first three years it came back with a scrape after a service. Yesterdays was the best it came back
    well scratched and scraped and the response from the workshop was they do not have enough space.
    Service centre badly located, they do not allow any other brand of vehicle to enter the premises……… so how do we pick and drop our Pajero? Horrible service, comfortable vehicle.
    They seriously need another dealer with a better location.

    • chef Reply

      June 13, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      go to Habtour in DIP new facility great service

  47. Yassin Reply

    March 9, 2015 at 5:52 pm

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    • Rated 4 stars

    Just bought the 2015 3.5l model a month ago. Excellent car and offer a lot for its price. Very comfortable seating & very good wide view from inside the car. Large sunroof & excellent audio system. Two things I wished it has is the key less ignition & the backward camera.

  48. andrew112 Reply

    February 17, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    pajero is ok 🙂

    • mortadha auto parts Reply

      May 10, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      i need cars

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