Which 2021 Mitsubishi Montero Sport variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide] 

Updated Jul 14, 2021 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

Here’s a guide to know which is the right Montero Sport for you.

Midsize SUVs are popular in the Philippines, and there’s no question about that. They can pretty much function as a family vehicle, while still having the robustness of a pickup truck. For that matter, they can handle offroad conditions quite well too. 

2021 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT Review: Feature-packed SUV for the family

One popular midsize SUV model in the local market right now is the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. In fact, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) managed to sell a whopping 12,861 units in 2019 alone. To this end, some of you might be eyeing it as your next car purchase. 

So, which of its four locally available variants should you buy? Well, let us help you with that with this variant comparison guide. 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Variants: Exterior 

In terms of size, all Montero Sport variants are identical. All four have a length of 4,825mm, a width of 1,815mm, and a height of 1,835mm (including the antenna and roof rails). All four also have a wheelbase length of 2,800mm, and a ground clearance of 218mm. 

A picture of the 2021 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport. GT variant pictured

As for gross vehicle weight, the heaviest variant is the Montero Sport GT 4WD AT at 2,775 kg. In turn, the rest with 2WD are much lighter at 2,710 kg. 

When it comes to exterior features, all four are also the same save for some alternate exterior trim pieces for the higher-spec GT variants. Standard on all variants are LED headlamps, LED taillights, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, a shark fin antenna, and turn signal side repeaters.  

A picture of the Montero Sport's liftgate

This year, Mitsubishi added a power lifgate for the Montero Sport 

All four also come equipped with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels. On the GT variants however, the said wheels come in a two-tone color, while the GLS variants have a regular one-color design. Moreover, the GT variants come with a power lift tailgate with a hands-free function, while the GLS and GLX variants have the regular lift-type tailgate. 

A picture of the Montero Sport's rear end

The Mitsubishi-made SUV from the rear

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Variants: Interior 

All variants of the Montero Sport can comfortably seat up to seven people. The GT variant’s seats are covered in leather. In comparison, the GLS and GLX variants have fabric-clad seats. As for air-conditioning (AC) systems, the base-model Montero Sport GLX MT is the only variant with a manual AC. The rest of the variants have automatic AC, although all come with a rear AC vent

A picture of the interior of the Montero Sport GT

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport's interior (GT variant pictured)

For driving amenities, all four variants provide a manually adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a push to start button, a digital display cluster, and a digital trip computer. All trims do come with cruise control, but the one on the top-of-the-line Montero Sport GT 4WD AT is adaptative. 

A picture of the Montero Sport's rear seats

The Montero Sport's passenger cabin

To provide entertainment, the Montero Sport is equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen headunit. The size is standard on all trims, but the ones on the GT 4WD AT, GT 2WD AT, and GLS 2WD AT have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and GPS navigation. It is also linked to a six-piece speaker system. In turn, the headunit on the manual GLX variant does have USB and Bluetooth connectivity. However, it has fewer speakers numbering at four, and it doesn’t have GPS navigation. 

A picture of the Montero Sport's trunk

It has a decent amount of cargo space too

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Variants: Engine and Performance 

Propelling all variants of the Montero Sport in the Philippine market is a 2.4-liter inline-4 turbodiesel mill. At most, this engine can make up to 179 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. For the GLX manual variant, it uses a six-speed manual transmission. The rest meanwhile, utilizes an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the GT, the said transmission can be controlled manually by way of paddle shifters. 

A picture of the Montero Sport's engine

The Montero Sport's 2.4-liter inline-4 turbodiesel engine

For drivetrains, only the top-of-the-line Montero Sport GT has four-wheel-drive. On that note, it is the only variant that comes with Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD-II system. The rest of the Mitsubishi-made SUVs variants are rear-wheel drive. 

For suspensions, the Montero Sport in general uses a double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear end. Braking is then handled by ventilated brakes for the front and rear. For parking brakes though, the GLX MT is equipped with a manual, hand-operated parking brake, while the rest has electronic parking brakes with an auto hold function. 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Variants: Safety  

For safety, standard on all Montero Sport trims is an anti-lock braking system and ISOFIX child seat tethers. Both GT and GLS variants however, come with stability control, hill start assist, traction control, as well as an around-view monitor. The GT and GLS variants also come standard with a trailer stability assist system, which is absent on the GLX MT variant. 

As for driver-assist tech, the GT 4WD comes with the most. It has forward collision mitigation, blind-spot warning, lane change assist, ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation, and rear cross traffic alert. 

For airbags, the top-spec GT 4WD comes standard with seven, while the GT 2WD gets six. The GLS AT and GLX MT meanwhile have dual-front airbags. 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Variants: Price 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Variants 

Price 

Montero Sport GLX 2.4 4x2 MT 

Php 1,568,000 

Montero Sport GLS 2.4 4x2 AT 

Php 1,728,000 

Montero Sport GT 2.4 4x2 AT 

Php 1,928,000 

Montero Sport GT 2.4 4x4 AT 

Php 2,298,000 

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Variants: Conclusion 

As a family vehicle, any of the four variants will do well. If you’re really particular about safety, the top-spec GT 4WD AT would be your best bet. Apart from that, it is also the only variant that can deal with full-on, serious off-roading as it is the only one equipped with a 4x4 drivetrain. 

A picture of the side of the Montero Sport

Its a great SUV for city driving, and for out of town excursions

For power and drivability though, we can expect that all four are more or less identical. They all use the same engine, though the GT 4x4 might have different on-road characteristics due to having a heavier gross weight. 

For more variant comparisons like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com

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Mitsubishi Montero Sport

One of the most known SUVs in the Philippines is the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It continually hits the list of best-selling cars in the country every year. Its popularity continues to grow because it is a reliable, tough, midsize body-on-frame SUV on and off-road, and a family car. It is not just a symbol of social status. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport, as a third-generation model, displays its benchmark for the brand's contemporary lineup, which is the 'Dynamic Shield' grille that shows a completely redesigned front. The new Mitsubishi Montero Sport features chrome linings that cover the large air intakes and stretch forth to the fog lamps, complemented by a sleek tail and headlights. Inside the cabin, top-notch variants and additional sportier trims for GT variants get to have leather-wrapped seats. For entertainment and central control, it is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Powering the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is the all-new 2.4L Diesel Engine, 4 Cylinder 16 Valve DOHC. The task of the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) is to achieve low fuel consumption and exhaust emissions but a high-power output. Similar to the model it replaced, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is L200 or Strada pickup based. The chassis and half of its front body structure are the same as its pickup sibling. It still uses the three-link live axle coil spring for the rear suspension and the independent double-wishbone front suspension from the model it supersedes. It comes with drum-in-disc rear brakes and ventilated front disc brakes. It is a standard for all variants to have 18-inch alloy wheels. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport features standard airbags for both driver and passenger, three-point seat belts for all the seven occupants, ABS with EBD, and an ISOFIX child seat anchors on the second row. Additional features for the GT variant consist of Trailer Stability Assist, knee airbag for drivers, and curtain airbags.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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