Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2008-2016 Review, Specs, Advantages & Disadvantages

Photos, Specs and Review of Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2008-2015 (2nd Generation Global / 1st Gen for Indonesian Market)

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Dakar 4x4
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport photo.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that has a muscular body and tough performance. This solid SUV was first produced in Japan in 1996 and was only exported to several countries a year later. The component assembly is done in Nagoya, Aichi Japan. Any plans to buy it? Take a look at the review of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2009 below.

Advantages & Disadvantages of The Old Pajero Sport

Advantages :
  • Pajero's image is attached to the nuances of success and the masculine spirit of its owner.
  • Tough enough on rough terrain, supported by a 2.5 Liter Turbo engine and a 4x4 drive mode is available.
  • The features are very abundant.
  • The appearance of the car is dashing and luxurious.
  • Many types of choices.
  • It is equipped with 3 choices of engine types.
  • Large cabin capacity.
  • Spacious car trunk.
  • Luxurious interior materials.
  • Great power at top revs.
  • Headlamp HID + multi leveling _ washer.
  • The resale price holds.
  • Dashboard materials are good.
  • Already equipped with a sunroof for the highest type.
  • High ground clearance.
Disadvantages :
  • The engine performance is lacking in lower revs.
  • The third row bench feels very cramped.
  • No gasoline engine is offered for the Pre-Facelift version.
  • Heavy steering wheel.
  • Body roll at high speed.
  • Inefficient fuel consumption.
  • The hood of the car is too heavy.
  • Large turning radius.
  • Uncomfortable sitting position.
  • High model braking.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2015 White
Older generation Mitsubishi Pajero Sport picture. White color.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exterior

Dashing and dignified becomes an impression that is permanently embedded in the exterior of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2009. Those who see it will certainly think that the owner is a successful person and has a masculine soul. These are the advantages that cannot be separated from Pajero Sport.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2008 Black
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport front view image.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Review: Front

The front face of the Pajero adopts the character of the former Mitsubishi Strada Triton. This is different from the latest model now, which uses the Dynamic Shield Design. Honestly, we prefer this generation of Pajero Sport. Looks more manly and dignified. The main lights are neatly connected to the main grille, complete with Fog Lamps on the underside.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Review: Side Body
2009 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport - left side.

On the side of the body, Step Side has been added which makes it easier for passengers to enter the cabin. This one feature is quite useful, considering the Ground Clearance is quite high. Eits, there are also a number of things that we like, namely the chrome accents on the Door Handle and the mirrors. Managed to reinforce the impression of luxury. The high Ground Clearance has many functions, especially when driving in flooded areas and rough terrain.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Review 2009: Rear Back Door
2010 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport rear view photo.

Not so many features on the rear body. But what is clear, we like the shape of the glass which is very wide, making it easier for visibility when driving. Meanwhile, the design of the lamp is quite sporty combined with the Chrome Garnish above the license plate.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Interior

What about the interior of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2009? When compared to the Toyota Fortuner, we prefer the Pajero's cabin design. It looks more premium and has quite complete features. Our advice is to choose the GLX 4x4 type, guaranteed you will have an unforgettable driving experience.

Old Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Dashboard
2011 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport dashboard.

The dashboard is not boring, thanks to the use of a two-color combination, namely black and silver. But for those of you who are not used to using a 2000s car, you will be less familiar with its features. Our advice, no need to worry, try to adapt and you will find that all the features on the dashboard make your driving process easier.

The unique thing is the arrangement of its features. From the top side of the dashboard, there is a neat Multi Information Display (MID), followed by the AC settings on the middle side and the Head Unit on the bottom side. It's a little strange, before finally the formation was changed in the Facelift version in 2011.

The steering wheel features audio settings buttons. Practically, you only need to press the buttons on the left side of the wheel, no need to worry about losing concentration while driving. Quite comfortable with the material used for the steering wheel. Feels very comfortable in the hand.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport seats / interior
2013 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport interior photo.

The seat section of this car has 3 rows of seats that can accommodate a maximum of 8 passengers. For the seat material itself, the Pajero Sport Gen 1 is equipped with leather seats so you will be comfortable sitting in this car. In our opinion, the Pajero Sport also has a large luggage capacity.
Our criticism is on the seat aspect. Indeed, on the first and second row seats, it feels quite spacious and comfortable for leg room matters. It's a pity that the third row seats are quite narrow and give the passengers an uncomfortable feeling. It is recommended that the rear row seats be for kids.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Features

You don't need to be confused about the features of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2009. The reason is that this tough car is already armed with features such as the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Guaranteed, braking performance will feel softer and more precise.

What's most interesting is the 4x4 drive mode, making it very tough on off-road and urban terrain. Unfortunately, 4x4 mode is only offered in two types, namely GLS and GLX, absent for the Exceed type. Meanwhile for the safety sector, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2009 is equipped with Dual Airbags, Immobilizer, Rear Parking Sensors and Alarm System.

For the first version that appeared in Indonesia, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2009 engine operation uses the code 4D56 with a capacity of 2,477 cc. The power produced by the engine is no less than 138 PS at 3,500 Rpm rotation. Likewise with regard to peak torque, incising the figure of 314 Nm is equivalent to 2,000 Rpm. Later, this engine performance will be combined with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2009 engine has quite good power at 138 PS and peak torque of 314 Nm. The diesel engine feels tough in terms of torque, able to devour many terrains with ease.

There is one thing that could be a weakness. In this first version, the engine was not supported by the VGT configuration, it only appeared on the Dakar type which was released two years later. As a result, the 2009 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has a weakness in the lower engine speed which feels less when compared to the Dakar version.

Our advice, for those of you who only have urban activities, it is better to choose the Exceed 4x2 type. Feels more fuel efficient because it doesn't take a lot of power to rotate the propulsion mode. It's a different story if you do a lot of activities in mountainous areas full of inclines, our suggestion is the 4x4 type, be it GLS or GLX.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport engine
2nd Gen Mitsubishi Pajero Sport engine picture.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Gen 1 specifications

  • Engine: 2.5 liter 4D56 non-VGT Diesel, 2.5 liter 4D56 VGT Diesel and 3.0 liter 6B31 V6 petrol/Gasoline Engine.
  • Maximum Power: 134 Hp/3,500 rpm (2.5 non-VGT), 176 Hp/4,000 rpm (2.5 VGT), 217 Hp/6,250 rpm (3.0 petrol).
  • Maximum torque: 314 Nm/2,000 rpm (2.5 non-VGT), 350 Nm/1,800 rpm-3,500 rpm (non-VGT), 281 Nm/4,000 rpm (3.0 petrol).
  • Transmission: 5 speed manual, 4 speed automatic (before 2011) and 5 speed automatic.
  • Front Suspension: Double wishbone.
  • Rear Suspension: 3-link.
  • Year of sales: 2008 – 2016.
  • Competitors : Toyota Fortuner Gen 1, Ford Everest, Isuzu Mu-X, and Chevrolet Traiblazer.

Conclusion of Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2009-2016 Review:
In the past, with a relatively high selling price, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport was often considered a car that only people with money could own. Now? The price is really affordable and can be enjoyed by many people. Of course this is good news for SUV lovers. Moreover, the engine is quite reliable, looks comfortable in urban areas and is able to traverse uphill roads. If you want to own a Pajero at an affordable price, this first model is the best choice. So, what do you think, do you feel interested in buying an older generation Mitsubishi Pajero Sport?