For our readers who own seven-seater SUVs, here’s a question for you: How often do you use all seven seats in your vehicle? Or more important, do you even use those third-row seats at all?
Chances are, there are a lot of you who don’t really need those two extra seats in the back of your SUV, but you had no other choice but to get them anyway. But what if there was an option to take those seats out? Would you opt for, say, a midsize SUV with fewer seats?
Take the Mitsubishi Montero Sport in Australia, for example. Top Gear Philippines assistant managing editor Jason Tulio recently found out that Down Under, Mitsubishi actually offers the Montero Sport—called the Pajero Sport in that market—with fewer seats at a lower price. Frankly, it looks like a very practical choice, and it got us wondering the option would be viable in our market, too.
Taking a closer look, the five-seater GLX trim is priced at $47,490 Australian dollars (P1.76 million), while the seven-seater GLS and Sport Exceed variants sticker for $53,740 (P1.99 million) and $60,990 (P2.26 million), respectively.
The GLX does miss out on added niceties such as the power tailgate and rain-sensing wipers, as well as extra tech like blind-spot warning and lane-change assist. However, all three share the same 2.4-liter MIVEC turbodiesel, eight-speed automatic transmission, and Super Select II 4WD, so you’re not really getting that much less of a car with the five-seater Montero.
“If you don’t need all seven seats, then why not just opt for a smaller crossover?” Well, if you want the space and performance of a bigger SUV but without the excess seats, this one’s a sensible choice. Of course, it’ll still be a bit more expensive and probably have a slightly stiffer ride than a standard crossover, but it’s fit for those looking to go a bit upmarket in the five-seater category.
Would it work in a market like ours? Who knows. But if the five-seat option was also available on the base 4x2 Montero variant, it just might. What do you guys think? Share your two cents in the comments.
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