Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It’s only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Mitsubishi-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 200hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 8-cylinder, 32-valves 272hp engine designed by Ford.
The fact that the Land Rover got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn’t, offers a slight advantage, as the 4-star rating is better than none. That aside, let’s consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn’t do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the British car offers a considerable difference of 16% more metal.
I don’t like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Mitsubishi as a brand displays somewhat better results, all the models observed together. That’s the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Mitsubishi with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Land Rover badge with 3.9 out of 5. The same official information place Pajero 10% below average, and Range Rover 40% below the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Japanese car rank it on average as 4.7, while the one under the competitor’s bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.
Performance & Fuel economy
Land Rover is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 200 kilometers per hour, 20km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the Japanese car, averaging around 8.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (34 mpg), in combined cycle. That’s 34% difference compared to the British car!
Mitsubishi definitely wins the reliability competition, everything taken into consideration. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the British car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Land Rover being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver’s face. It does come at a cost though, and that’s the fuel consumption… It’s really tough to make a final decision here, but if I’d need to, I’d say Mitsubishi. Anyway, that’s the most objective conclusion I could’ve came up with and it’s based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.