NZ Autocar - - New Arrival -

Prac­ti­cal but pricey

These things can do it all but they aren’t cheap. The Pa­jero Sport is the price leader, the XLS in at $58,990 and the more spec laden VRX (on test) goes for $63,990. The For­tuner has three grades; we sam­pled the base model GX auto at $72,990, while the top Lim­ited is $78,990. Ever­est re­quires a small moun­tain of money, the Trend be­ing $75,990 while the Ti­ta­nium is a ridicu­lous $87,990. But it seems no one pays that much. Mitsi al­ready has its truck on sale for as low as $48,990 and $58,990 for the VRX, mak­ing it even bet­ter value, while on Trade Me, you’ll find Ever­est Trend with demo kays for $62k. And no doubt Toy­ota will quickly ap­ply a good dis­count too. As to which vari­ant we’d go for, the VRX seems worth the small ex­tra asked as it gets all the ac­tive safety and com­fort fea­tures, while we’d opt for the Ever­est Trend due to a fairly com­pre­hen­sive spec­i­fi­ca­tion that in­cludes the ac­tive safety fea­tures. We think the GXL at $75,990 is the best value For­tuner. Spec high­lights for the Pa­jero Sport VRX in­clude ac­tive cruise, auto emer­gency brak­ing and a sur­round view cam­era. It’s in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem at first seems ba­sic but it of­fers both Ap­ple Carplay and An­driod Auto to turn your phone into a 4x4. It has pleated leather seats and heaters up front as well as a smart key. And there’s Mitsi’s big war­ranty pe­riod as well. There are no third-row seats how­ever. We had a For­tuner GX on test, it’s man­ual air con sys­tem was quaint, but not many liked the brown and black in­te­rior dé­cor. It has a smart key but lacks sat nav. As we said, we think GXL is the best model to buy as it gets a few ex­tras like nav­i­ga­tion. The Ever­est in Ti­ta­nium spec gets ev­ery­thing, even pow­ered third-row seats and self-park­ing, though oddly lacks a smart key and Isofix latches, de­spite the ute hav­ing the lat­ter. Like the oth­ers, it has seven air bags and a five-star safety rat­ing. The For­tuner is the only truck not of­fer­ing any sort of ad­vanced ac­tive safety fea­tures, and while we are at it, the re­vers­ing cam­era takes too long to ac­ti­vate af­ter start up too. It’s hard to go past the Pa­jero Sport if value is your thing as it of­fers the lot for the least asked. Un­less you need seven seats, that is.

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