BUYER’S GUIDE: 2018 Mitsubishi Montero Sport
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport has enjoyed a long reputation of toughness and great off-road skills on any terrain. This is true–particularly if you choose the 4WD variant. Couple it with good on-road manners and more comfortable and luxurious interiors, and it reveals a softer side that adds a gentler aspect to its one-dimensional ruggedness.
It’s this versatility that has made it one of the most popular mid-sized SUVs in the country today.
Specification / Engine
The Montero Sport has an elegant interior, and with those minute stitches on the seats, even give it an air of luxury as well. Here’s one thing we really like about the Montero Sport: its front seats. They’re very comfortable, and if you use the electronic adjustment located on both sides, can make it ergonomic and supportive to your back as well. What’s more, the rounded shoulder, plus the multi-layer cushioning seats are extremely comfortable and conducive for long trips to the province. This seven-seater offers enough space, but they become significantly smaller the farther you go back. You can feel this vaguely on the second row, but once you go to the third row, then you’d wish you were shorter in height. The problem may be the floor–which is higher–thus making you sit with your knees bent at an unfavorable angle (the taller you get). Both the 2WD and 4WD offer an Instrument Cluster, a multi-information display, and a standard 2-Din Single In-dash audio system.
Comfort and Convenience
The Montero Sport has been very generous in providing its passengers a comfortable driving experience. It comes with standard DVD, MP3, WMA, and MPEG4 player/Tuner/iPod compatibility with Aux-In and USB port/Bluetooth connectivity. The side mirrors can automatically be folded with a touch of a button–even when it’s locked from the outside. Storage is ample–but not impressive for us to give it a perfect 10. At the very least, we’ll settle for a six here, since utilitarian space is quite lacking. If you have many knick-knacks around, we’d suggest you bring in your own personal organizer inside. That solves the problem of not having enough space to keep things organized and neat inside.
The Montero Sport 2018 has excellent safety features–especially its 4WD variants. They come with seven airbags and seatbelts, Active Stability and Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Stability Assist, Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, Brake Override System, Reverse Sensors, Reverse Camera, ISOFIX, and Tether Anchors. Meanwhile, its 2WD variant have six airbags for passenger and driver, seatbelts for all rows, Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Reverse Camera, ISOFIX, and Tether Anchors.
What we like about this SUV is that it looks like a tough, aggressive SUV, but drives like a quiet sedan. There’s minimal noise when driven in slow to average speeds in the highway, although its huge size and active steering can be a challenge when you’re making a tight turn in limited spaces. There are also times when it drives and handles like a truck when driven fast on paved roads, so go easy on the accelerator from time to time.
Fuel efficiency is above average. It registers around 6-9 km/L for city driving and you can even push it to 17 km/L for 90 kph highway driving.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Montero Sport lives true to its name. Sporty, aggressive, strong, versatile, and indomitable, its resilience is legendary, despite the controversies it faced in recent years–like the Sudden Unintended Acceleration (SUA) incident it faced in 2015. (By the way, you can still avail of their free inspection here).
Indeed, its name precedes its reputation extremely well. There’s a reason why the Montero Sport was the second best-selling SUV in 2017, you know.
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Montero Sport GLS 2WD 2.4D AT- PHP1.719 million
Montero Sport GLS Premium 2WD 2.4D AT – PHP1.849 million
Montero Sport GT 4WD 2.4D AT – PHP2.164 million