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Mitsubishi Pajero Inform in a single test

Torsten Seibt
Mitsubishi Pajero Inform in the test
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The Mitsubishi Pajero Inform comes at a competitive price

With around 1,200 Mitsubishi Pajero sold, the classic ended up in the Mitsubishi -Model range last year in the lower mid-range of German sales statistics. That should now be different: With the Pajero Inform, Mitsubishi has a new basic model in its range that is offered at a competitive price. As a three-door model for 5,000 euros, as a five-door model even 5,500 euros cheaper than the previous basic Pajero (model Invite). Getting a full-size SUV for the price of a compact SUV sounds tempting. What does the buyer have to do without?

W It is not really much that the Pajero Inform lacks. The basic all-wheel drive stands on steel instead of light alloy rims, some add-on parts are not painted in the vehicle color, the three-door model has no flared fenders. What is more relevant is the omission of side and head airbags; the omission of the rear axle lock is a real shame. Especially with a robust basic model that seems to have been made for work, you would really want the traction aid.

The three-door is shorter than a VW Tiguan

Our test car started with the short wheelbase. With a total length of 4.38 meters - including the external spare wheel - it is five centimeters shorter than a VW Tiguan. It is clear that the three-door cannot do any miracles in terms of cargo space. The trunk is sufficient for two or three crates of drinks, if you fold the two seats forward (unfortunately not particularly space-saving), the length of the cargo area increases from 48 to 92 centimeters.

The approach to the second row also works for adults, the passenger seat folds far forward. The legroom on the asymmetrically divided rear seat is also acceptable, it is just a little too low. Nevertheless - the short Pajero is only suitable to a limited extent as a family car or large-capacity transporter. The 4,000 euro more expensive five-door can do that, of course, significantly better. At the front, on the other hand, there is plenty of freedom of movement that you would look in vain for in a compact SUV. Shoulder and headroom are excellent, the short Pajero has a wheelbase of just 2.5 meters and is not noticeable in the front row.

Good workmanship, decent equipment

In view of the fact that it is actually supposed to be an economy version, the Pajero Inform comes with surprisingly high-quality furnishingstherefore. The workmanship is flawless, although of course more bare plastic is used than in the more expensive versions. There is an automatic climate control, an extensive on-board computer, the windows raise and lower electrically. Electric exterior mirrors, remote control for the central locking - nothing is really missed here. The seats are, however, relatively softly padded and deform strongly, the plastic steering wheel is also not very high quality.

Powerful Pajero engine with 200 hp

Since the facelift in In the summer of 2009 the diesel engine picked up a lot. The power increased by 30 to 200 hp, the torque by an impressive 68 to 441 Newton meters. So the four-cylinder stands well in the forage, the desire for more power does not arise. Even though the short Pajero weighs in at 2.1 tons, it pushes hard. The bearish 3.2-liter engine is already working hard at low speeds. Due to the long axles (3.69: 1), the speed level on the road is relatively low, a sixth gear is not missing. At the measured top speed of at least 184 km /h, the engine rotates 3,600 tours in fifth gear - 200 revs below the rated speed. The pithy engine sound is not annoying on long journeys, but the Pajero develops considerable wind noises even at low speeds. The straight-line stability is noticeably more nervous than with the long wheelbase, but the three-door is also much more agile. The tightly tuned, yet easy-to-swallow chassis fits perfectly. With a committed driving style, however, the consumption of the four-cylinder increases significantly. In order to achieve the standard consumption of eight liters, one has to drive very cautiously - in the test medium, the Inform consumed 9.5 liters of diesel.

The big hour strikes off-road

The big hour of the three-door strikes off-road, where it is of course much more manageable and agile than its long brother. The overhangs are very short, but the front and rear aprons are pulled far down, which somewhat restricts the clearance. At 1.9: 1, the reduction is relatively long, which the powerful motor can conceal quite well. The Pajero only finds it difficult to scramble slowly. In any case, there is never a lack of performance. When the gear reduction is activated, the stability control is automatically hidden, but in the absence of a rear lock you have to rely solely on the traction control when things get really tricky. However, it needs a lot of wheel slip to react. Not so bad on loose ground because the Pajero can dig vigorously with this set-up. On high-traction sections with twisting passages, where the tight chassis breaks relatively earlyIf you lose contact with the ground, you often want the rear axle lock of the more expensive models.

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