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Everest vs Pajero Sport vs Fortuner

23 Feb 2010

Bakkie genes breed a new range of affordable SUVs to rival the big-selling Toyota Fortuner
THE VALEDICTORIAN

All three of these bakkie-based SUVs fare well. They’re definitely not just bakkies wearing make-up; they’ve clearly graduated from bakkie to SUV, but one with better marks than any other. And the highest marks out of these three graduates go to the Ford Everest. It may not have the best style, but it’s strong, spacious and versatile, and easily the best priced. With the Fortuner’s age showing and the Pajero Sport falling behind in the competition, the Ford Everest takes home the valedictorian prize for these real SUVs.
-Richard Macaskill

SUV ANALYSIS FORD MITSUBISHI TOYOTA           
ABILITY  
         
Acceleration (10)    8    6    9
Tractability (10)    10    7    6
Steering feel (5)    3    3    3
Economy (5)    3    3    3
Handling (5)    4    3    4
Transmission (5)    4    3    4
Ride quality (10)    7    8    8
Ground clearance (5)    3    3    4
Total (55)    42    36    41
GENERAL           
Cabin practicality (10) 8    7    7
Cabin comfort (5)    4    4    3
Price (10)    9    7    8
Safety (5)    2    4    3
Styling (5)    3    4    4
Aftersales (10)    9    8    8
Total (45)    35    34    33
Total Overall (100)    77    70    74


SPECIFICATIONS FORD MITSUBISHI TOYOTA
    EVEREST PAJERO SPORT FORTUNER
3.0 TDCI 4X4 XLT  3.2 DID GLS 4X4   3.0 D-4D 4X4

Engine    4-cyl turbodiesel 4-cyl turbodiesel 4-cyl turbodiesel
Capacity    2953cc    3200cc    2982cc
Power    115kW @ 3200rpm   120kW @ 3500rpm   120kW @ 3400rpm
Torque    380Nm @ 1800rpm   343Nm @ 2000rpm   343Nm @ 1400Nm
Specific power    39kW per litre   38 kW per litre   40kW per litre
Specific torque   129Nm per litre   107Nm per litre   115Nm per litre
Power to weight   43kw per tonne    44kW per tonne    47kW per tonne
Torque to weight  140Nm per tonne   127Nm per tonne   134Nm per tonne
Transmission    4WD/5-speed   4WD/4-speed A/T   4WD/5-speed
Ground clearance 210mm    215mm    220mm
Price    R364 990    R414 000    R394 600
Service plan    5-yr/90 000km    5-yr/100 000km    5-yr/90 000km
Warranty    4-yr/120 000km    3-yr/100 000km    3-yr/100 000km
Fuel capacity    71 litres    70 litres    80 litres

PERFORMANCE FORD MITSUBISHI TOYOTA
0-100km/h (150m asl*) 11.7 sec    14.9 sec    12.3 sec
0-100km/h (1500m asl) 13.3 sec    15.5 sec    12.8 sec
¼ Mile (150m asl)    17.5 sec    18.9 sec    18.3 sec
¼ Mile (1500m asl)    19.0 sec    20.2 sec    19.0 sec
80-120km/h (150m asl)  8.5 sec    10.8 sec    12.9 sec
80-120km/h (1500m asl) 7.8 sec    11.3 sec    13.3 sec
*asl = above sea level


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