The Pajero is the most successful Paris-Dakar rally car ever. All that rally-bred experience can be seen in the Pajero’s mastery of our roads. Sure, it’s no Merc S-class but the ride is level, the suspension dispatches bumps with muted thumps and it rarely gets unsettled. There is a bit of lumpiness at lower speeds, but it’s inevitable on cars with ladder frames. For a chassis with a non-independent suspension, this is probably as good as it gets. It simply outclasses the competition, no matter what surface you are driving on.
The steering is nicely weighted, direct and sends the car just where you want to go. Through fast corners, it settles down after the initial 15 degrees of body roll (according to the on-dash roll meter) and feels completely stable. The Pajero’s four-wheel disc brakes are fantastic and add to driver confidence.While off-roading the low gearing, long-travel suspension and low overhangs help it wade through slippery tracts with ease.