MIT­SUBISHI PA­JERO SPORT EX­CEED

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En­gine 2442cc 4cyl, dohc, 16v, turbo-diesel | Power 133kw @ 3500rpm Torque 430Nm @ 2500rpm | Econ­omy 8.0L/100km | Price $53,000

You’ll get a Pa­jero Sport Ex­ceed on the road for less than the Ever­est Trend’s re­tail price, and for many peo­ple that’s enough to get them to sign on the dot­ted line. It’s not just an ex­er­cise in keen pric­ing though, for Mitsu packs in plenty like 360-de­gree park­ing cam­eras, ac­tive cruise, tri-zone cli­mate con­trol and a bevy of elec­tronic driv­ing aids. A power tail­gate is ab­sent, how­ever. 18/20

De­spite flag­ship sta­tus, the Ex­ceed doesn’t boast in­te­grated sat-nav – Ap­ple Carplay or An­droid Auto are the only means of putting a map on its 7.0-inch screen. It’s spa­cious though, with room for shorter adults in the third row although the sec­ond row doesn’t slide. Its chrome and leather cabin treat­ment also looks fancy, while a unique cen­tre con­sole dis­tances it from its ute ori­gins. 16/20

A jit­tery ride ex­poses the Pa­jero Sport’s com­mer­cial ori­gins, and is at odds with the leather-clad ci­vil­ity of its cabin. It feels too stiff-legged for some­thing de­signed to tote a fam­ily, and while the edges might be knocked off that ride harsh­ness when all seven seats are filled, it’s much too firm for ev­ery­day duty when just a few peo­ple are on board. 13/20

While the ride leaves you in no doubt as to the Pa­jero Sport’s Tri­ton sourced un­der­car­riage, the grav­elly en­gine note that pen­e­trates the firewall adds fur­ther re­in­force­ment. It’s strong enough, but feels sig­nif­i­cantly less lively than the twin-turbo Ford. With 70Nm less torque it may not have the ef­fort­less­ness of the Ever­est when it comes to tow­ing or tour­ing, and it drinks more diesel. 15/20

A five-year war­ranty equals Ford’s af­ter-sales cov­er­age, though capped price ser­vic­ing only lasts for the first three years of own­er­ship. With ser­vice in­ter­vals of 12 months or 15,000km, vis­its to the deal­er­ship will be no more fre­quent than for the Ford, though with the cost of sched­uled main­te­nance capped at a to­tal of $1425 for the first three years it cedes some ground to its Blue Oval ri­val. 15/20

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