2015 NX Pajero GLS Review
Owner review by: Steven
Spec level: GLS
Engine capacity: 3.2-litre
Fuel type: Diesel
Owned: 9 months
Uses: Family car | Work | Touring & Camping
PROS: Reliability | Practicality | Cargo Space
CONS: Noise | Seats
Would you buy this car again? YES
We’ve had the Pajero for around 9 months now and in that time put 15,000kms on it. While it’s the daily family runabout it has also been to the Flinders Ranges, Sydney and Melbourne.
We chose the GLS model which is the mid-spec and really only misses out on the horrible wood-grain trim, a sunroof that we didn’t want and full-leather when compared to the Exceed.
It comes with two individual air-conditioning units (front and back), a fold away third row of seating and more electric ‘stuff’ than you really need.
The Pajero is a bit of a paradox in my opinion. While it appears to be very nicely made, there are one or two dashboard rattles and the dash shakes worryingly on corrugated roads, despite the plush way the Pajero rides over them.
Inside it looks beautifully comfortable, but there is no reach adjustment on the steering wheel, a proper foot rest is missing (it has a carpeted ‘bump’) and the seats just aren’t right. You sit on them rather than in them and seem to slide to the centre of the car, where the non-adjustable seat belt stalk sticks in your side.
Yet on the road it’s a dream to drive. It eats long distances and will average somewhere in the 8.0 l/100km range as a general rule. Touring range is respectable with the 88 litre fuel tank.
The brakes are a standout, they feel super strong and overall the Paj rides and handles better than a vehicle of it’s size and style should.
The drivetrain is proven, with the 3.2 diesel being largely bulletproof. The 5-speed auto is smooth and only rarely, usually when cold, fumbles a change. Pajeros aren’t generally known to have any issues of note and we haven’t had a warranty issue yet.
Given what we paid for a demo GLS, it represents great value for money, especially when compared to the Prado, although I’m not convinced it is the better vehicle.