Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: 2018 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4WD GT


Forget the Mirage siblings, the Montero Sport is Mitsubishi’s bread-and-butter model in the Philippines. Shifting close to 20,000 units of them last year, the futuristic robot-like styling has become a regular sight on the roads. Above all, it’s opened up the mid-sized SUV category to people who wouldn’t consider them in the first place; people who would usually want something sleek or easy to drive. A week behind the top-of-the-line Montero Sport 4WD GT reveals this: it’s the 7-seater SUV that offers surprisingly good on-road manners, a well-thought-of safety package, and excellent value.

The first thing that stands out with the Montero Sport is how the interior looks and feels properly built with solid materials and impeccable fit & finish. For sure, there are still remnants of old school Mitsubishi parts, but they have been mixed in with more upscale parts. The leather on the seats are supple, the gauges are crisp and easy-to-read, and the aluminum/piano black accents are modern.



Next up, the seating is actually quite good. The front seats are easily the best among its peers—comfortable, supportive, and with electronic adjustment on both sides, provide an ergonomically sound driving position. Those in the second row will largely feel the same way, although because of the theater-style seating, headroom is tight. Moving further back, the Montero Sport shows its weakness with the third row. Not only is the headroom there even tighter, but the tall floor effectively means having to sit there with the knees bent up. Having said that, if ferrying 7 passengers isn’t too much of a priority, the cargo room is usably long and deep, although the rear wheel arches do tend to intrude the opening.

Overall, the only weakness comes with the Montero Sport’s lack of usable storage. Although a lockable glovebox and a deep center bin are standard, smaller items such as mobile phones or iPods are harder to store around. For instance, attaching a dashcam means having to live with a power cord that gets intertwined with the power point. And speaking of power points, there’s a severe lack of them in the cabin.



When it comes to styling, there’s little doubt that the Montero Sport remains a head-turner. Although not everyone approves of the design, this whole Dynamic Shield concept has made this the most modern looking SUV in its class. It trades some ruggedness for more sportiness, but in a segment that seems to capitalize too much on being “macho”, seeing something sleek and angular is a breath of fresh air. Having said that, visibility is hampered by the sharply raked windshield and the small rear glass.

Under the hood of the Montero Sport is Mitsubishi’s next-generation 2.4-liter MIVEC clean diesel engine. Not only is this 4N15 engine quiet and smooth, but there’s minimal clatter as well. It doesn’t get much louder too even as the speeds go up, making conversations between passengers doable. It also exhibits excellent tractability around town. Power delivery isn’t linear, but when the engine hits its stride, it’s punchy. It’s not as relaxed as some of its competitors, but it remains friendly enough for typical on-road use.



The accompanying 8-speed automatic is also responsive, shifting quickly and decisively, and this keeps the engine singing happily. The last two gears are rarely used, engaging only at highway speeds, but when it does, it pushes efficiency to 16.94 km/L (average speed 49 km/h).  In day-to-day traffic though, it stays at around 8.06 km/L (average speed of 14 km/h).

In town, where most buyers spend greater chunks of time, the Montero Sport offers a generally decent ride. It doesn’t get upset by small, undulating ruts while also managing to absorb larger and sharper ones too. It can feel jittery, especially if unladen, but it’s never unruly. And despite carrying a hydraulic power steering system, the effort is light making this SUV feel lither than it is. It’s only at higher speeds that it experiences the occasional choppiness, and on the twisty backroads that body roll occasionally feels a little undisciplined.



For those going off the beaten path, the Montero Sport offers a whole slew of features that promises to make it surefooted. Not only does it have Super Select 4WD-II which integrates a center locking differential, but it also has various off-road modes that change throttle and gearing that suits one of five preset terrains.

New for 2018 is a trio of features for the 4WD GT, all of which are radar-based safety technology: Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Mitigation. All of these are welcome, making the Montero Sport the most safety conscious 7-seater SUV in the market. However, a bit of a caveat: The Forward Collision Mitigation system, even at its least sensitive setting, is easily spooked by Manila’s day-to-day traffic. Thankfully, the system can be turned off.



Under the new excise tax, mid-sized pick-up based SUVs have really gone up in price and the Montero Sport is no exception. Priced at P 2,162,000, this 4WD GT model does look like one expensive ride. But considering that it comes with a complete suite of safety features plus features such as LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, passive keyless entry, and more, it’s actually pretty great value.

While the Montero Sport is let down by its tight cabin, and occasionally truck-like ride and handling, it still manages to stand out because it can punch above its weight class. Despite its hefty price increase, it’s still easily one of the more refined, polished, and well-engineered mid-sized SUVs out there.



2018 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4WD GT
Ownership 2018 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2.4 MIVEC 4WD GT
Year Introduced 2016 (Refreshed: 2017)
Vehicle Classification Mid-sized SUV
The Basics
Body Type 5-door SUV
Seating 7
Engine / Drive F/4WD, Part-Time, Low, with Locking Center Differential
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 2.4
Aspiration Common Rail
Fuel Delivery Turbocharged
Layout / # of Cylinders I4
BHP @ rpm 181 @ 3,500
Nm @ rpm 430 @ 2,500
Fuel / Min. Octane Diesel
Transmission 8 AT
Cruise Control Yes, Adaptive
Fuel Economy @ Ave. Speed 8.06 km/L @ 14 km/h,
16.94 km/L @ 49 km/h
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,785
Width (mm) 1,815
Height (mm) 1,805
Wheelbase (mm) 2,800
Curb Weight (kg) 2,030
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension 3-Link, Coil Springs
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Disc
Tires Toyo Open Country A28 265/60 R 18 H (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 7
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes, with EBD
Traction / Stability Control Yes
Parking Sensors Yes, Front, Rear with Camera
Other Safety Features Blind Spot Warning
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Hill Descent Control
Hill Start Assist
Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System
Forward Collision Mitigation
Exterior Features
Headlights LED
Fog Lamps Yes, Front & Rear
Auto Lights Yes
Rain-sensing Wipers Yes
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjust Tilt/Telescopic
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Seating Adjustment Electric (front)
Seating Surface Leather
Folding Rear Seat Yes, 60/40 (2nd row); 50/50 (3rd)
On-Board Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes, with Fold
Climate Control Auto, Dual
Audio System Stereo
DVD
MP3
USB
Bluetooth
GPS
# of Speakers 6
Steering Controls Yes

35 comments:

  1. IMHO. At this price point, the Everest 3.2 4x4 Titanium is the more sensible choice.

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  2. I’d rather get the kia sorento.

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    1. Best driving comfort sorento and santafe

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    2. Well, you guys are in the wrong article then.

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  3. Hi, you have a typo. I assume you meant lighter rather than lither. http://prntscr.com/i7hmfv

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    1. According to google, lither means thin, supple, and graceful. I dont know if the author meant that.

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  4. 2.2m? The CX5 Skyactiv D is a better choice if you don't need the additional 2 seats which you'll rarely use anyway. Lighter, better drive, more refined, compact size, classier looks, higher quality materials. If you're living in the province, pick the PPV however. The Sportage was my initial choice but they removed several features as of late, including the panoramic sunroof in the GT line, the CRV has a puny engine, and all the others are meh.

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    1. Just wait after your Youjin is done.

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    2. heck Id pick an outback or XV, with the new Eyesight coming, the montero's features look prehistoric compared to kia and mitsubishi's offerings lol

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    3. The Best Selling SUV talaga ang Montero Sports!

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  5. Ayoko na dito, pang service lang ng pnp ngayon yan. Kamuka pa ng upcoming expander na auv.

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    1. That means the Montero is durable for pnp use. Mercedes and Audi are being use as police cars and taxis in Germany and the MidEast. And they're very proud of that.

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    2. Those are first world countries. And they can afford that. The montero units here are japan donated not chosen because because of durability.

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    3. Donated? You sure? ..Well, anyway I'm saying it's wrong to hold it against a car brand that allows its vehicles to be use as taxi or police car. It doesn't in anyway cheapen the brand. First world, second or third world is besides the point.

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    4. ..It shows the brand is confident of the cars durability that it can withstand the rigors of long hours of use.

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  6. The Montero Sport is good but power is available too high compared to Fortuner, Everest and Trailblazer. You have to thrash it to get a decent amount of acceleration.

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    1. Fyi montero sport is faster in 0 to 100 than everest

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  7. IMHO. At this price point, the Everest 3.2 Titanium is the better choice.

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  8. "Truck-like ride and handling"

    Yet people still like to believe that it has 'the best' ride among the PPVs on sale today. The Everest and new Trailblazer are better than this. Yun nga lang, alergic ang mga Pinoy basta American brand.

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  9. I thought the gt had the wood trim instead of piano black

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    1. They must have changed it with the 2018 update.

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  10. The MUX is cheaper with better features and more dependable midsized Suv. Comes with back seat Dvd screen to enjoy on long trips. Moreover, Bluepower turbocharged diesel to boot. Isuzu pioneered diesel engines making it the most durable in the competition.

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    1. Mux looks very unattractive. Even the crosswind looks bettr

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    2. MUX is OFW choice yung mga dating naka FX o Revo

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    3. Yes MuX is cheaper because it actually looks cheap. Headlights palang ng bagong face-lift mukang tinamad mag isip designer.

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    4. How can the MUX be better when it doesn't even have side and curtain airbags nor a Blind Spot Warning which are basic features for a TOTL variant. Isuzu has been fooling us Filipinos for a very long time now.

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  11. Truck like ride & handling ... our Trailblazer rides like a luxury SUV!

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    1. Luxury SUV? Eh parang makina ng jeepney sa ingay yan. Sagwa pa ng badge.. DURAMAX.. parang condom

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    2. Trailblazer ang suv ng mga tunay na macho.

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  12. FCM is already present in the pre-updated gt

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  13. Wow, 20,000 Pinoys have bad aesthetic tastes pala. Sabagay most Pinoy car buyers have an unsophisticated, gaya-gaya mentality when it comes to buying cars.

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  14. Whatever you choose, the important is your happy with your ride. Tara joyride tayo sino sasama? :)

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  15. to date..only Montero satisfied my senses while driving,even exceeds my expectations..i'm just a driver for hire

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  16. At my first look, I don't like montero but when im inside of it and driving it personally... It satisfies me because of their safety features. specially when 4WD is engaged...Great....This SUV is awesome...Montero Sport GT 4WD 2018...Thumbs Up...

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  17. Montero is dbest kesa sa fortuner mahal n wla panget p loob tagtag p

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