|  First Published: August 2006

I took the Pajero Di-D 7 Seater Platinum Series for a trip out to Dunmore Trout Waters recently and was pleasantly surprised by this luxurious yet solid vehicle.

Trout angling doesn’t require much tackle other than rod tubes, thigh waders, vests, nets and jackets. We managed to fill the large, cavernous boot of the Pajero with spare bedding and clothing, a large Plano box full of fly tying gear, some tucker and a big ice box.

The Vehicle

The Pajero was a solid vehicle with a gross vehicle mass of 2810kg, yet the five speed automatic wagon had a light feeling. Steering was spot on and direct, with a very small turning circle that made sneaking into tight spots in the car park easy. The suspension was very car like.

The Platinum edition includes all of the Exceed specifications along with a tasteful brushed platinum style dash.

The comfortable seats come with power adjustments and luxurious leather trim. There was excellent visibility from the driver’s seat, which is essential these days.

There was nothing sluggish about the Pajero’s 3.2L, inter cooled, turbo charged DOHC diesel engine with its 16 valves. When driving around town the engine was a bit noisy, but nothing uncommon of a diesel. After looking at the tachometer it was obvious that most of the noise was coming from the boisterous induction system.

Once on the open road the 121kW of power and 373Nm of torque made its presence felt with easy open road touring, and quick responses to changes in gradients. The engine was well mated to the five-speed auto and the turbo kicked in around 1,000rpm. On the open road the engine noise wasn’t too intrusive with a bit of tyre noise the only noise heard in the cabin.

A very easily managed cruise control system was a big feature of this well specified vehicle. I enjoyed using the cruise control on the open road when the Pajero’s willing engine made sneaking up over the limit a little too easy. Luxury features include a wood and leather steering wheel, electronic adjustments for almost every feature and a simple to use climate control air conditioning system. It was great to dial up some much needed warmth when the outside temperature was -3 south of Glen Innes.

Unlike some of today’s 4x4s, the Pajero is very well dust sealed, a point much appreciated when driving around Woollala the grazing property on which Dunmore Trout Waters are located.

One of the most outstanding features of the smooth running Mitsubishi was the brilliant headlights. With bright fog lamps, low beam and high beams, night driving was as easy as day travel. Driving back down the range and over Cunningham’s Gap on a late Sunday night I felt confident enough drive at speed limits thanks to the excellent visibility provided by the headlights. This is something that a few other car manufacturers should implement.

The Pajero’s highway run returned fuel consumption figures of 11.3L/100km, a bonus given the sky rocketing price of diesel fuel these days.

Prices for the Pajero VR-X 3.2L Di-D Auto start at $54,990 (plus dealer deliver and on-road costs) and more information can be obtained from www.mitsubishi.com.au.

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