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What's Hot
It still looks better than most in the segment
What's Not
Becoming dated on the inside
Excellent on-road manners
Tony O'Kane | Nov, 12 2010 | 4 Comments

The 2010 Pajero Exceed sits at the top of Mitsubishi's most popular 4WD wagon range, and is powered by either a 3.8 litre petrol or 3.2 litre turbo-diesel engine.

Loaded with luxury equipment and underpinned by a sophisticated off-road chassis, the Exceed melds go-anywhere capabilities with a dash of opulence.



  • Quality: The interior is built to a reasonably high standard, but mismatched surfaces and some low-grade plastics let it down.
  • Comfort: Support from the powered driver's seat is good, but the leather can be a bit too slippery for off-roading. The second row bench is very flat-cushioned, while the fold-out third row is strictly for children only.
  • Equipment: A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is mounted to the roof. It also comes with cruise control, dusk-sensing xenon headlamps, satellite navigation, a reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers and a premium audio system.
  • Storage: With the third row folded into the boot floor, luggage space measures in at 1050 litres. Fold both the second and third row seats, and that expands to 1758 litres.


  • Driveability: Fitted with 18-inch wheels and 60-profile tyres, the Pajero handles tarmac duties quite nimbly for a capable off-roader. The steering is light, the engine is torquey and responsive and the relatively narrow body makes it easy to navigate the urban jungle.
  • Refinement: The 3.2 turbo-diesel however is fairly noisy and there's wind noise from the wing mirrors and A-pillar at highway speeds.
  • Suspension: The Pajero is equipped with front and rear independent suspension. Its composure on both tarmac and gravel is class-leading.
  • Braking: Disc brakes are fitted all-round. The ABS calibration works well on both gravel and mud.
  • Off-road: The Pajero has a 36.6 degree approach angle, 25 degree departure angle and 22.5 degree ramp breakover angle. Good wheel articulation, abundant traction, decent ground clearance and plenty of low-end torque makes the Pajero a capable performer - it can be taken far off the beaten track. But is no longer class leading in extreme four-wheel-drive conditions.
  • On-road: In suburbia, the Pajero is easy to live with despite its size, making it a popular choice as a dual-purpose family hauler.


  • ANCAP rating: 4-Star
  • Safety features: Standard are six airbags (front, front side and curtain), three-point seatbelts on all seats, ABS, EBD, stability control and traction control.


  • Warranty: 5 year/130,000km vehicle warranty, and a 10 year/160,000km powertrain warranty.
  • Service costs: Capped for the first 60,000km, the initial 15,000km service costs $330 and each subsequent service costs no more than $580


  • Toyota Prado: The Pajero's primary competitor. The Exceed has more power, more torque and a higher tow rating. It's also over $10,000 cheaper than the comparable Prado Kakadu, however the Prado’s electronic wizardry gives it greater (and safer) off-road capability. (See Prado reviews)
  • Nissan Pathfinder: The Pathfinder Ti rides on a commercial vehicle platform, but offers similar interior space and genuine off-road credentials. (See Pathfinder reviews)
  • Land Rover Discovery 4 TDV6: For just under $64,500, the entry-level Discovery delivers similar performance to the Pajero, but like the Prado, its electronics provide a greater off-road capability. (See Discovery reviews)



In its current form, the Mitsubishi Pajero is getting pretty old. Its basic architecture has been around for the better part of a decade, and there are aspects of the cabin design that feel especially dated.

It is however significantly cheaper than the all-new Toyota Prado Kakadu and comes with the best factory warranty available.

The Pajero remains a very competent off-roader, is a class leader on the black-top and represents value buying in the mid-size 4WD wagon segment.

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