Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed 7 seat 2017 review | road test video

***CORRECTION: Pajero Sport Exceed 7-seat boot capacities are 131 litres (3rd row up), 502 litres (3rd row down), 1488 litres (3rd and 2nd row down)***

Tim Robson road tests and reviews the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

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It wasn't all that long ago that the notion of a 4x4 wagon was a bit of an oddity – at least, one that was somewhat affordable.

Fast forward to 2017, and there's a number of ute-based 4x4 wagons to pick from, including this, Mitsubishi's Pajero Sport.

We've already tested the Triton-based Pajero Sport out in the bush - and you can see that review by clicking in the corner there. Now we want to see how it handles the urban jungle.

We're testing the top of the line Exceed, which is priced just under $54,000.

Like all Pajero Sports and Tritons, the Exceed uses a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which is backed by an eight-speed auto, linked to a full time four wheel drive set up.

It's well equipped, too, with leather seats, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, auto lights and wipers, satellite navigation, dual zone climate control, six cup holders, four bottle holders and more.

It also gets auto emergency braking, a panoramic view camera, trailer sway detection and rear cross traffic alert. Not bad for a big old four by four!

It'll tow up to 3100kg of braked trailer, too, which covers all but the biggest vans and boats.

Launched back in 2014, Mitsubishi dragged the ball a bit when it came to offering a third row of seats, finally introducing a seven seater in July of 2016.

Ahh yes, seven seats. If you've got between four or five kids, a seven seater makes a lot of sense... to a point.

Jamming a third row of seats in a car is no easy engineering feat – and quite often, that row ends being a compromise in one way or another.

Compromise one – seat size. That rear pair of seats is, let's face it, pretty small, and you need the agility of a spider monkey to get in and out of them.

And if you're an adult? Forget it.

And they're just not suitable for infants – the ISOFIX baby mounts are on the second row, and trying to strap in a wriggling kid back there is the stuff of a chiropractor's nightmares.

Compromise two – luggage space. If you do want to take those extra kids, forget about bags and prams– you'll really need to think about a roof box.

Thankfully, the Pajero Sport's seats fold down flat when not in use, but it's still smaller back here than a five seater, thanks to a 30mm higher floor and 140mm less length.

The catch? Mitsubishi now only sells the Exceed as a seven-seater.

That being said, the rise in popularity of seven seat SUVs is inversely proportional to the sales of passenger vans.

People are leading with their wallets – and the mumsy people mover has been voted off the island.

Around town, the Paj Sport is less sports sedan and more big rig. You're perched quite high, and the suspension has a lot of travel, so there's a bit of body roll coming back into the cabin.

For the most part, though, it's very comfortable, but it can get oddly jittery and unsettled on broken tarmac around town.

The 2.4-litre turbodiesel is small in stature but big on torque, and it pushes the Paj easily through the city. It can take a moment to respond to the throttle, though, which takes a little getting used to.

We already know the Pajero Sport can handle the rough stuff, which adds an extra layer of ability to what is a competent and comfortable urban warrior.

I haven't talked about the looks of the Pajero Sport, because it's entirely up to you whether you like it or not.

That rear end is certainly… interesting enough, thanks to those waterfall taillights. If you dismiss the Paj Sport on looks alone, though, you're doing yourself a disservice.

A big, tall, high-riding four by four is never going to match a smaller hatch or sedan for city manners, but the Pajero Sport is quiet and comfortable around town, which is a real bonus.

Throw in an excellent engine/gearbox combo, genuine off road ability and a long list of standard gear, and the Pajero Sport is the perfect fit for a family who likes to get out and about.

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