Back in May I got to drive and review the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and while I was genuinely impressed with the offering, one thing was a glaring omission – a third row of seats.
Check out my full 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport review here.
Mitsubishi was delayed in getting approval for seats six and seven by Australian authorities, that approval however has now been given and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is now a genuine family-capable SUV.
Capable is a good word to use in regards to the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport as it really is a terrific all-rounder.
Excellent off-road ability, nice enough drive, roomy cabin, seven-seat capacity, top safety score and a 3,100kg (braked) towing capacity make the Pajero Sport a must-drive offering.
It’s no surprise then that Australian buyers have reacted positively to the new Mitsubishi offering – last month the Pajero Sport trumped established seven-seat rivals like the Ford Territory, Hyundai Santa Fe and Isuzu MU-X in the sales race.
In regards to that third row of seats, the all-important question is how much space they provide and how much cargo area they chew up!
I’m pleased to say that seats six and seven are easily large enough for children and you could utilize them for adults for shorter trips as well.
Access is excellent – the middle-row seat folds and flips forward easily and the operation/access is as good as, or better than, competitors in the class.
There’s a bonus here too, when the third-row seats are in use there is still a reasonable enough amount of space behind them.
Perhaps the only area where I could take a point off the Mitsubishi Pajero Sports new rear seats is their folding operation.
There’s a two pull-straps system that isn’t as user-friendly and simple as a lot of the other designs getting around.
The seats also sit-up slightly above where the cargo area floor would be in the five-seat variant.
Those points are definitely not enough to take this offering off your test-drive list.
The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is one of the most impressive new models to come to Australia in recent times and I think it’s definitely one worth checking out if a capable seven-seat SUV/4×4 is on your shopping list.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Engine: 2.4 litre turbo-diesel producing 133kW and 430Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: from $45,000