The tried and tested Le­gend

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In ad­di­tion, you get a bash plate and an­other pro­tec­tion plate be­low the gear­box assem­bly as well as heavy-duty rock slid­ers with a place to put your high-lift jack should you find your­self stuck.

A tow bar rounds it off for hook­ing up your off-road trailer or caravan.

You also get proper all-ter­rain tyres, which is a great change from many man­u­fac­tur­ers who punt their 4x4 abil­ity and then give you high­way rub­ber.

It’s pow­ered by the trusty 3.2litre DI-D turbo-diesel en­gine, de­liv­er­ing 140kW and 441Nm of torque cou­pled to a 5-speed au­to­matic gear­box.

It’s a lit­tle long in the tooth and sounds a bit agri­cul­tural on start-up but it is not too bad when cruis­ing, thanks to some se­ri­ous sound-proof­ing.

Off-road, though, it’s more than enough to get you in and out of trou­ble.

As with all ve­hi­cles in its class, it’s not a boy racer or made to dive into cor­ners but, con­sid­er­ing its weight and size, han­dling isn’t bad at all, even when fully loaded.

In­side, the Pa­jero is classy and well put to­gether.

It has heated leather seats elec­tri­cally ad­justable for driver and pas­sen­ger, a com­fort­able mul­ti­func­tion woodand- leather steer­ing wheel, a much-im­proved touch-screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with Blue­tooth and USB port, a re­verse-cam­era with rear-park­ing sen­sors and a dou­ble-vol­ume glass sun­roof.

The Le­gend II comes with heavy-duty floor mats and a top-end Garmin GPS, with video.

In ad­di­tion, it has Track­s4Africa with routes for south­ern Africa, ideal for cross­ing and nav­i­gat­ing be­yond our bor­ders.

I’ve read one or two re­ports say- ing GPS looks like an af­ter­thought, with a wire run­ning over the dash­board to power it, but for some­one who buys the ve­hi­cle to use it for what it was de­signed, I doubt this would be a prob­lem.

As you would ex­pect, it has six airbags, ABS brakes with brake as­sist and sta­bil­ity con­trol.

The Pa­jero re­mains a firm favourite in South African off-road cir­cles, thanks to its re­li­a­bil­ity and off-the-beaten track abil­i­ties.

It’s not cheap for what is old tech­nol­ogy, but which does have its ad­van­tages should some­thing go wrong and you’re a long way from home.

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