Do you really need four-wheel drive on your rugged separate-chassis SUV? We try a tập đoàn mitsubishi Pajero sport in 4x2 flavour to find out.

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Can a ‘4x4’ SUV present a anphukhanganchau.vnpelling case for ownership when only two of its four wheels are actually driven? That’s the question posed by the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, along with other rivals in this segment lượt thích the Isuzu MU-X and Ford Everest. All offer cheaper versions of their rugged, off-road-capable, separate-chassis SUVs that ditch often anphukhanganchau.vnplex four-wheel drive systems in favour of simpler, cheaper rear-drive layouts.

And it seems ample buyers are responding with an emphatic ‘yes’.

But it does raise a bunch of questions and demand that you properly consider your real-world usage before making what is, at the guts of it, a budget-led decision on a likely long-term purchase.


After all, the Pajero Sport, which shares its engine, transmission và much of its platform with the Triton ute, has been engineered from the outset to lớn be capable off-road. Its ground clearance, approach và departure angles and tyre choice are all intended to lớn enable it to lớn tackle terrain too gnarly for most ‘unibody’ SUVs. Obviously, this anphukhanganchau.vnpromises on-road performance.

But what if your driving ambitions don’t involve dirty weekends deep in the scrub or conquering inland Australia’s toughest tracks?

This third-gen Pajero thể thao was first launched in 2015, và while it’s been updated, most recently in 2020, we want khổng lồ know if it still stacks up when driving the rear rubber only. Or does losing the four-wheel drive system simply miss the point?


Pricing & features

Our seven-seater Pajero sport GLS 4×2 on kiểm tra here retails for $48,690 before on-road costs, which represents a saving of $5000 over the four-wheel drive equivalent, the GLS 4×4.

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anphukhanganchau.vnpetitors in this segment also offering rear-drive include the just-released Ford Everest Ambiente at $52,990 & the Isuzu MU-X LS-M, priced at $48,900 (both before on-road costs).

A Toyota Fortuner in GX spec is priced into this mix at $49,715 plus on-road costs, although it’s four-wheel drive.

The SsangYong Rexton (also four-wheel-drive only) trumps all of these for standard equipment & is keenly priced from $48K drive-away. That’s life as a challenger brand for you.


In GLS spec as tested here, the Pajero sport includes automatic wipers, dual-zone climate control, integrated satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, a power tailgate, leather steering wheel, electric parking brake, rear privacy glass, auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry with push-button start, auto-folding mirrors, 18-inch wheels, a 220V nguồn outlet in the middle row và LED front foglights.

For more premium upholstery, a digital instrument display, electrically adjustable heated front seats & a more anphukhanganchau.vnprehensive safety suite (which we’ll get to) among other gear, you need to step up to the Pajero thể thao Exceed at $59,190 before on-road costs, but it’s not offered as a rear-driver.

White is the only no-cost colour; all other colours add $740 with the exception of trắng Diamond, which is a $940 option.