Price and features – Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The MY23 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GSR has a recommended retail price of $65,440 (excluding on-road costs), but our test vehicle also has premium paint ('Terra Rossa', $200), electric brake kit ($689), towball ($41), carpet mats ($236), and towbar kit ($1495), pushing its price as tested to $68,101 (excluding on-road costs).
Our test Pajero Sport wears premium paint 'Terra Rossa' (+$200). (Image: Glen Sullivan)
Exterior paint options for the GSR include our test car's Terra Rosa as well as 'White Diamond' and 'Black Mica'.
For your information, the 2024 Mitsubishi Triton offers more than a few clues as to how well the 2025 Pajero Sport will be equipped and upgraded.
The upcoming Triton has been revealed to have a refreshed interior, a more modern multimedia system (with a bigger screen at 9.0 inches), and more driver-assist safetytech (including AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection as standard across the range).
So, it’s likely the 2025 Pajero Sport will benefit from those changes, as well.
Standard in the Pajero Sport is an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
Design – Is there anything interesting about its design?
Practicality – How practical is its space and tech inside?
The Pajero Sport is 4825 millimetres long with a 2800mm wheelbase. It is 1815mm wide, 1835mm high and it has a listed kerb weight of 2125kg.
Up front, the seats (power-adjustable driver and front passenger) are very supportive, with a nice wrap-around feel to them.
The steering wheel has paddle shifters for sporty shifting and it is reach- and height-adjustable.
The dash and 8.0-inch touchscreen media unit are nicely integrated, but that screen is too small – and that’ll be rectified somewhat with the likely introduction of a 9.0-inch screen in the 2025 Pajero Sport.
The Pajero Sport is 4825 millimetres long with a 2800mm wheelbase. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
All buttons and dials on the current Pajero Sport are easy to locate and operate, even when you're bouncing around off-road.
Second-row passengers have access to three top tether points, two ISOFIX points and a fold-down armrest with cupholders. There are USB charge points and a power socket in the back of the centre console bin.
The second row is rather comfortable. I sat behind my driving position and there was plenty of head and legroom.
Passengers in the third-row seat have access to cupholders and air vents.
The Pajero Sport has plenty of head and legroom in the second row. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
In terms of packability, the Pajero Sport’s cabin is quite narrow compared to most of its rivals and there are plenty of other SUVs and 4WD wagons around that offer more room inside for people, gear and dogs.
Fold the third row out of the way and cargo space increases to 502 litres. With the second and third rows stowed away, there is a combined 1488 litres of cargo space.
All in all, the Pajero Sport’s interior is a functional space, but it’s feeling a bit dated.
With all seats in use, the Pajero Sport has a boot capacity of 131 litres. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
With the third row seats stowed, the Pajero Sport has a boot capacity of 502 litres. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
For reference, the 2024 Triton will be 15mm longer (5320mm, with a longer wheelbase 3130mm) and 50mm wider (1850mm) than the current generation model. And with the 2025 Pajero Sport set to follow suit, that’ll mean more space in the wagon’s cabin for driver, passengers, gear and your dogs.
The 2024 Triton’s newly developed ladder-frame chassis is claimed to have a 40 per cent increase in bending rigidity and a 60 per cent increase in torsional rigidity over the current generation.
The upcoming Triton will also get a towing capacity boost from 3100kg to 3500kg, bringing it in line with its rivals.
So, following on from the Triton’s changes, the 2025 Triton-based Pajero Sport will be bigger, heavier and with greater towing capacity.
This is not a dynamic combination, but it’s a well-proven and respectable one.
The GSR has Mitsubishi’s 'Super Select II' 4WD system and a rear diff lock. The Super Select dial sits to the rear of the shifter and enables the driver to switch from '2H' (two-wheel drive), '4H' (4WD high range), '4HLc' (4WD High Range with locked centre diff) and '4LLc' (4WD Low Range with locked centre diff).
The driver is able to safely switch between 2WD (2H) and 4WD (4H, 4HLc) at speeds up to 100km/h.
The Pajero Sport has a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
The GSR has a button-operated off-road mode system – with 'Gravel', 'Mud/Snow', 'Sand' or 'Rock' settings, each of which tweaks engine output, transmission settings and traction control to best suit the terrain – and hill descent control.
The 2024 Triton will retain the current-generation’s engine but it will have a twin-turbo and it will produce more power: 150kW at 1500rpm over the current engine’s 133kW at 3500rpm. The new Triton will have a maximum tuned torque figure of 470Nm; the outgoing Triton produces 430Nm.
The upcoming Triton will keep the six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2025 Pajero Sport will have that new twin-turbo engine, but it’ll paired with an eight-speed auto.
Driving – What's it like to drive?
The Pajero Sport is reasonable on-road, although it is quite sluggish, not very dynamic, a bit noisy and there’s quite a lot of body-roll through sharp turns.
But it is a very nimble and capable off-roader, largely because the driver is able to tap into a few different things that have been engineered into the car to help them conquer tough low-range challenges.
The GSR has selectable off-road modes, including Gravel, Sand, Mud/Snow (when in high-range 4WD) and Rock (when in low-range 4WD).
Each of these modes adjusts engine output, transmission settings and braking, the aim being superior traction to suit specific conditions and terrains.
The Pajero Sport rides on Toyo Open Country A32 all-terrain tyres (265/60R18 110H). (Image: Glen Sullivan)
But one of the major points of difference with its rivals is the fact the GSR has Super Select II 4WD. You can switch, via a dial to the rear of the auto shifter, from 2H into 4H (four-wheel drive, high-range), if you're not already driving with 4H engaged, and that gives you the best traction possible in low-traction conditions, which you may face on back-roads and dirt tracks.
There's no risk of transmission wind-up because the centre diff is open when 4H is engaged in the Pajero Sport, so Super Select II 4WD adds an extra element of safety and sure-footedness to your driving experience.
Then turn the dial to 4HLc (four-wheel drive, high-range, locked centre diff) and you're ready to take on more difficult terrain but at lower speeds, because the centre diff is no longer open.
If you're keen to tackle even harder stuff than high-range territory, turn the dial to 4LLc (four-wheel drive, low-range, locked centre diff) and the Pajero Sport has an opportunity to excel in low-speed low-range four-wheel driving.
Turn the dial to 4HLc and you're ready to take on more difficult terrain but at lower speeds.
So, along with decent high- and low-range gearing and a centre diff-lock – which is activated when 4HLc (4WD high-range, locked centre diff) or 4LLc (4WD low-range, locked centre diff) is selected – the Pajero Sport has a rear diff lock, which is engaged/disengaged via a button in front of the shifter and this further help you to easily maintain safe forward momentum. Hill descent control sustains a controlled low speed of 3.0-4.0km/h all the way down steeper, longer hills.
All-around, the Pajero Sport is an effective off-roader, and does everything in a safe and controlled way.
The Pajero Sport is a very nimble and capable off-roader. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
Efficiency – What is its fuel consumption? What is its driving range?
Official fuel consumption for the Pajero Sport GSR is 8.0L/100km on a combined cycle.
Its real-world fuel figure on this test, from pump to pump, was 9.6L/100km.
The Pajero Sport has a 68-litre tank, so, with that sort of fuel-consumption figure, you can reasonably expect a driving range of approximately 680km from a full tank, but that’s after having already factored in a safe-distance buffer of 30km.
Mitsubishi claims the Pajero Sport GSR uses 8.0L/100km on a combined cycle. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
Safety – What safety equipment is fitted? What is its safety rating?
The maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating applies to Mitsubishi Pajero Sport vehicles built prior to January 1, 2023. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport vehicles built from 1 January 2023 are unrated.
Safety gear includes seven airbags (driver’s knee, driver and passenger front, driver and passenger front sides, and curtains) and this Pajero Sport’s suite of active safety and driver-assist tech includes AEB, adaptive cruise control, trailer stability assist, rear view camera and rear parking sensors, blind-spot warning with lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Pajero Sport’s AEB has a ‘AEB City’ classification, which denotes that it is a system which only “operates at lower speeds (usually between 10-50km/h)”, according to ANCAP.
It does not operate at higher speeds (“50-250km/h”), and it does not detect vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists, when it is travelling at speeds of more than 50km/h.
The second-row seat has three child-seat top-tether anchorage points and an ISOFIX point on each outboard seat.
Ownership – What warranty is offered? What are its service intervals? What are its running costs?
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a very capable off-road vehicle and it also functions quite well as a daily driver. And in top-shelf GSR guise, it has plenty of standard features onboard.
This 4WD wagon is infrequently outmatched when faced with serious 4WD challenges and, even though the whole package is feeling more than a bit dated, the Pajero Sport still represents a decent value-for-money option in an increasingly expensive car market.
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