Review - Mitsubishi Pajero

By Alexi Falson on 13 May 2022
image for Review - Mitsubishi Pajero The current generation Mitsubishi is set to be replaced in the near future, but the company isn’t going to let it go out without a bang, with the release of a limited-run Final Edition packing more equipment and value than ever before.

This raises the question, though, of whether or not you should make the switch to the current generation Pajero while it’s around, or if your patience in waiting for the next generation will pay off? 

Let’s take a look at the Pajero Final Edition and see how it stacks up as a value proposition within the family-friendly off-road SUV segment.

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Mitsubishi Pajero - GLX (4x4) 7 SEAT FINAL EDITION Specifications

Model Date 2022
Series NX MY22
Fuel type DIESEL
Transmission 5 SP AUTO SPORTS MOD
Drive 4x4
Engine DTFI
Engine capacity 3200
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 3800 / 2000
Cylinders DT4
Torque 441
KW 141
Fuel tank size 88.0
Fuel usage specs 9.1 / 0.0
CO2 240
ANCAP security rating 5

For more details and other variants, check Mitsubishi Pajero car page.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Mitsubishi Pajero lineup kicks off from $54,990 for the Pajero GLX Final Edition, with prices rising to $60,490 for the mid-range Pajero GLS Final Edition. 

The Mitsubishi Pajero lineup tops out in the form of the Pajero Exceed Final Edition, which is priced at $63,490. 

Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change, and do not include on-road costs. 

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What Features Does the Mitsubishi Pajero Have?

The entry-level Pajero GLX Final Edition comes riding on a set of 17-inch alloys, and receives LED daytime running lamps and fog lights, cruise control, HID headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, climate control, a reversing camera, bonnet protection, final edition badging and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with DAB+ radio, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. 

Stepping up to the Pajero GLS Final Edition adds a set of automatic headlights and wipers, heated front seats, rear-mounted parking sensors, part-leather upholstery, privacy glass and an upgraded 12-speaker sound system. 

Finally, the range-topping Pajero Exceed Final Edition comes packed with a panoramic sunroof, full leather upholstery, aluminium driving pedals and illuminated scuff plates. 

Range Features:

  • 17-inch alloys 

  • LED daytime running lamps 

  • Fog lights 

  • HID headlights 

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake 

  • Reversing camera 

  • Cruise control 

  • Final Edition badging 

  • 7.0-inch infotainment system with DAB+ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

  • Automatic headlights (Pajero GLS Final Edition)

  • Automatic wipers (Pajero GLS Final Edition)

  • Rear-mounted parking sensors (Pajero GLS Final Edition)

  • Part-leather upholstery (Pajero GLS Final Edition)

  • Privacy glass (Pajero GLS Final Edition)

  • 12-speaker sound system (Pajero GLS Final Edition)

  • Panoramic sunroof (Exceed Final Edition) 

  • Full leather upholstery (Exceed Final Edition)

  • Aluminium driving pedals (Exceed Final Edition)

  • Illuminated scuff plates (Exceed Final Edition)

Mitsubishi Pajero Colours

The Mitsubishi Pajero range is available in a number of colour options, including Pitch Black, Graphite, Sterling Silver, White Solid, Deep Bronze and Terra Rossa.

Is it Comfortable to Drive?

While the Mitsubishi Pajero’s platform might be showing some signs of its age, the Pajero remains exceptionally comfortable in almost all driving situations. 

This adaptability has earned itself quite the reputation when it comes to family duties, off-road driving and long-distance roadtrips with a caravan or a boat in tow. 

Stepping behind the wheel of the Pajero, it takes only a minute to realise just how user-friendly, soft and comfortable the platform is to drive around town. While the vehicle itself is quite large, the steering remains lightweight and easy to pilot, while the powertrain and transmission make town driving a simple task. 

All Pajero variants receive the same powertrain, meaning there’s a 3.2-litre turbo-diesel engine kicking up 141kW of power and 441Nm of torque to all four wheels, via Mitsubishi’s five-speed automatic transmission. 

This means that the Pajero has a heap of torque at its disposal that make off-road driving and towing large objects a simple task, while offering modest acceleration for you and your family as you pick up speed from a standstill. 

The Pajero’s hardcore underpinnings mean that the suspension package lends itself perfectly to a comfortable, almost floating driving dynamic on the road, while offering assurance as you push onto gravel surfaces. 

This, combined with Mitsubishi’s Super-Select II four-wheel-drive system and front and rear independent suspension means that the Pajero isn’t afraid to get its toes dirty, and will prove a welcomed addition for families looking to drive comfortably around town while knowing they can head into the Great Outdoors with confidence.

Is the Mitsubishi Pajero a Towing Powerhouse?

Thanks to its beefy turbo-diesel powertrain, the Pajero is perfectly suited to towing situations, with braked towing capacity rated at 3,000kg. While this might be slightly behind what’s on offer in some of its key rivals, the braked towing capacity figure will meet the majority of your needs, with its payload rated at 700kg. 

Officially, the gross vehicle mass and gross combination mass are rated at 3,030kg and 6,030kg respectively, meaning the Pajero platform is more than up to the task of moving you and your family while towing a hefty caravan or boat.

Is it Practical and Spacious?

Stepping behind the wheel of the Pajero, it’s clear to see that the interior design, at least, is showing signs of the ageing platform. Having said that, though, the majority of creature comforts and entertainment options are included in the Pajero package. 

The driver and passenger are treated to a high-riding dashboard housing the infotainment and climate control systems, as well as a small LCD display, with a heap of storage options in the front of the cabin. Interior space and comfort levels are impressive, with a huge amount of head and shoulder room in the front of the cabin, which positions the driver high above the road with a great view out of the windscreen. 

Moving to the rear of the cabin, those seated in the second row have acres of legroom at their disposal and is an extremely comfortable place to sit, not only for kids, but for fully-grown adults, too. The second row is also able to recline back and forth, which is a nice touch especially for long-distance road trips. 

Passengers in the rear gain their own set of air vents and a folding arm rest with cupholders as a practicality bonus, while there’s two inbuilt ISOFIX anchors in the outside seats and three top tether mounts for those looking to install a child seat in the rear of the Pajero. 

Moving to the third row, you’ll find a folding set of seats that can accommodate two small children, but anyone larger will struggle to squeeze into the rearmost of the cabin, which has been designed primarily to seat young kids. Mitsubishi’s seven-seat claims are, however, absolutely accurate if you have a pair of small children that you can squeeze into the rear. 

In terms of boot space, with all the seats standing, boot space is rated at 131L, which expands to 1,060L with the third-row folded, and finally up to 1,789L with the second row folded, too.

Is it Safe?

The Mitsubishi Pajero has been awarded ANCAP’s maximum five-star safety rating, achieving an overall score of 33.41 out of 37. Unfortunately, the Pajero fails to keep up with its major rivals when it comes to active safety technologies, receiving just a set of anti-lock brakes and curtain airbags for its key safety equipment. 

Is it Fuel Efficient?

The Mitsubishi Pajero has an official fuel economy figure of 9.1L per 100km on a combined cycle, which makes it one of the thirstier turbo-diesel seven-seaters on the market, which is potentially a sign of the ageing powertrain that will be updated in the next-gen Pajero. 

Our Verdict: Is the Mitsubishi Pajero Worth it?

While the Mitsubishi Pajero is approaching the end of its lifespan, the platform remains competitive when it comes to providing a comfortable seven-seat platform that can confidently head off-road. 

In terms of meeting its design brief, providing buyers with impressive value for money and a confidence-inspiring ownership program, the Pajero is well-worth a spot on your shortlist. On that note, if you’re in the market for a new car, you can get a free quote and see how much OnlineAuto can save you on your next car, or call us on 1300 719 925.

Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-star ANCAP safety rating 

  2. 10-year/200,000km warranty when serviced at the Mitsubishi network 

  3. Turbo-diesel engine across the range paired with five-speed automatic transmission 

  4. 3,000kg braked towing capacity 

  5. Independent front and rear suspension 


  • Extremely comfortable platform for town and country driving 

  • Acres of interior space and practicality 

  • Market-leading warranty coverage 


  • No active safety technology 

  • Outdated interior design and infotainment system 

  • Set to be replaced soon

OnlineAuto Rating: 8.5/10

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Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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