We tested the seven-seat 2020 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed with our family for a week and we were hopeful that some of the un-family friendliness from the previous testing had been updated. Watch the video here. Let's find out if it has…
Well, the 2020 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has had an update on the exterior and looks pretty good for it!
As well as in the inside too where the digital dash is upgraded too. The cabin's finish is good and it feels modern and nice to drive and ride in but…
They haven't updated the family-friendliness and those pesky top tether anchorages are still a pain! Although this is a seven-seater SUV it only comes with one top tether anchorage installed!?! This is for the second-row central seat and is positioned in the ceiling above the third-row passenger's heads. The Australian Child Restraint Resource Initiative (ACRI) issued a warning in November 2017 about the installation of top tether points in the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. The report said consumers should not use the top tether anchor points that come with your child seat in the Pajero Sport and that the bolt threads in them are different to the Mitsubishi ones and ONLY the Mitsubishi top tether anchor points are safe to use.
Also, there are no ISOFix points in the central second-row seat so you need to use the seatbelt and you guessed it… the seatbelt comes from the ceiling too so adding another strap in the faces of the third-row passengers.
There are ISOFix points in the two outer second-row seats but no top tether anchorages. Mitsubishi does supply one extra top tether anchorage in the glove box for you to install yourself in the ceiling above the third-row! I didn't install the top tethers this time but you can watch the previous time I did- watch the video here. The instructions also advise you to uninstall them when not using them, I presume this is because they are very painful for third-row passengers to hit their heads on which they will do as I certainly did!
Of course, not all people will buy the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport to use all three rows so the third-row seats may remain empty for some people but the rear visibility is really affected having all the straps across the ceiling.
As mentioned, there are no ISOFix or top tether anchorages in the third-row so you can not put any child seats back there.
Three child seats do fit across the second-row seats but you have to uninstall at least one child seat to climb through to the third-row of seats.
Although the second-row seats do not slide, legroom is good throughout the 2020 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, with a rear-facing child seat in the second-row a 180cm driver can fit in front. Or with a forward-facing child seat installed in the second-row, a 184cm+ driver can fit in front of it.
The media system in the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is simple and easy to navigate…
…it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too which is great
The reversing camera has a bird's eye view too which is helpful when maneuvering and parking but the image quality is quite milky and hard to see in bright sunlight.
There is a good seatbelt removal visual on the dash for all seven seating positions which is great as you wouldn't be able to see if the third-row passengers slipped off their seatbelt!
There are air-con vents in the ceiling for both rear rows of seats which is excellent
AND you can control them from the front dash which is even better because those little rear passengers either can't reach the controls or if they can then they fiddle with them and end up cooking themselves or fighting over them!
Space in the boot is limited when using all seven seats and only three shopping bags will fit or I could fit a compact stroller in there with a shopping bag. This is comparable to the Isuzu MU-X which holds five shopping bags, the Toyota Fortuner which holds six and the Ford Everest which holds seven shopping bags when using all seven seats.
When using only five seats the boot is much more family-friendly. Sixteen shopping bags will fit in the boot of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, which is comparable to seventeen shopping bags in the boot of both the Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X and eighteen in the Ford Everest.
Each of the prams we tested fitted in the boot with a good amount of shopping when only using five seats. There is no roller blind with the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport as you have to pay extra for that and Mitsubishi hadn't included one with this media evaluation car so I couldn't test that. A large dog would fit in the boot of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, the boot floor is flat but the third-row seat bases fold up behind the second-row seatbacks using up space in the boot. The boot floor is good for an emergency nappy change.
Storage inside the cabin is good too. The central console has practically sized cup holders, a phone tray, central console box and a shelf underneath the phone tray I found useful for the other passenger's phones when charging etc.
There are two map pockets in the second-row bg enough for a wallet and iPad and a 12V and three-prong household type mains socket in the back of the central console box which is handy for plugging in the Esky on a road trip!
Cup holders in the second and third-row seats are well sized for large refillable water bottles and coffee cups.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is so nice to drive and the spacious and comfortable interior makes it great to use with a family, however, those top tether anchorages really are disappointing and lack the practicality and ease of use that you would expect in a seven-seat family SUV.
The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2015 so it has not been through any Child Occupancy testing. It has seven airbags as standard.