The current Pajero is a bit on the stiff side. Uncle had one, traded it in for the CX9. The CX9 is supple enough, but might be too sporty for the man.
Around 1m, it's the Tucson or the X-Trail, but the Tucson backseat has a small door opening.
Under 2m, for seven seaters, it's the Santa Fe. Nothing else comes close.
Over 2m, there's the Explorer, but it comes with 20" wheels, so it gets clumpy over potholes... though the damping is excellent. There's also the Veracruz, but that's so soft, it's floaty, and not to my tastes.