2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT Review | Philkotse Philippines

Updated Feb 23, 2021

Editor's: 4.0/5
Still one of the best.
2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT Review | Philkotse Philippines

In this review...

  1. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Introduction
  2. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Exterior
  3. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Interior
  4. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Tech & Safety
  5. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Driving Performance
  6. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Fuel Efficiency
  7. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Verdict
  8. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Variants
  9. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Colors
  10. Mitsubishi Montero Sport Specs
  11. Mitsubishi Montero Sport FAQs

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT Review: Intro

Midsize SUVs are one of the most popular vehicles in the Philippines due to the versatility and functionality they offer. They can drive through almost any terrain, have relatively reliable engines, and have high ground clearance. The latter’s perfect for folks living in the urban jungle who want to have a vehicle that could give them a fighting chance when the need arises to drive through a flood.   

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

Aside from that, midsize SUVs here can accommodate up to seven individuals, which lets people travel in groups – a common practice among Filipinos.   

With all that being said, car brands in the country are launching their respective challenger into the seven-seater midsize SUV segment. And one of the long-standing competitors is the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. So, what can the current Mitsubishi midsize SUV offer? To know the answer to that, here’s Philkotse’s 2020 Mistusibhi Montero Sport GT 4x4 review.

4.0/5

Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2020 Review

How we do our reviews
  • aesthetics
    4.50/5

    Overall exterior & Interior design, build quality, form vs function

  • Safety & Technology
    4.0/5

    Number of safety & tech features, consistency during usage

  • Performance
    4.0/5

    Power delivery, acceleration, transmission, suspension, handling

  • Comfort & Practicality
    4.0/5

    Overall Ride Comfort, Space, Storage Areas

  • Value for Money
    4.0/5

    Sticker price vs overall package

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Exterior Review: Prouder than ever

The 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport comes with an aggressive exterior styling. It has a bold and commanding presence even at a standstill due to the design details of its front fascia as well as the sharp character lines that you can see at its side.

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT front

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport comes with a striking front end

Up front, you’ll notice that the Montero shares a bit of similarity to its other Mitsubishi sibling, the Strada. The Montero’s front end has this strong and confident appeal thanks to the brand’s signature Dynamic Shield design concept.

The said concept gives the Montero a proud fascia that’s made possible by its massive grille that’s complemented by crisp chrome trims. To add to that, the 2020 Montero Sport has sharp-looking LED headlights and an angular bumper that gives the vehicle a muscular look.

As a whole, the Montero’s front end gives the vehicle a commanding presence, which makes it stand out when it’s out on the road. Compared to its segment rivals, I consider this vehicle as one of the best-looking midsize SUVs in the market today.

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT side

The Montero still looks commanding even when viewed from the side

Turning at the side, the Montero Sport is not shy in showing off its sharp character lines that you can see from the front and rear parts of the vehicle. I like how the character line suddenly breaks in the middle part of the car since this gives the vehicle a more unique and standout look. The 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport also comes with prominent wheel arches that further give it a strong and distinct appearance when viewed from the side. Paired with the wheel’s stylish and sleek design, the combo balances the aggressive character of the whole car. Speaking of which, the Montero Sport comes with a set of 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels.

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport exterior: rear view

The rear is as striking as its front

The Montero Sport’s rear, though slightly looking similar to the older model, is now integrated with subtle design changes that make the vehicle more appealing. One of the things I like to highlight is the revamped LED taillights. If you will recall, the previous version of the Mitsubishi Montero is fitted with a sort of crying taillights, where the tail lamp cluster extends all the way to the rear bumper.

Now, some Montero owners and other individuals such as myself are not much of a fan of the said design. As such, owners resort to fitting aftermarket parts into the lower part of the taillight cluster to make it look shorter. But, that is no longer the case with the current Montero Sport. Mitsubishi revamped the taillights, which now looks better and more seamless as compared to the previous design. Aside from the taillights, this vehicle comes with a large and protruding bumper, as well as a spoiler. However, the chrome trim on the tailgate is a bit too thick for my eyes.

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Dimensions: Length, Width, Height & More
Dimensions
2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT 4WD
Lenght
4,785 mm
Width
1,815 mm
Height
1,805 mm
Wheelbase
2,800 mm
Tire Size
18-inch Aluminum-alloy

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2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Interior Review: Straightforward cabin

Stepping inside the 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, you’ll be greeted with a black interior theme along with splashes of silver trims. Once you get seated on the driver’s seat, you’ll notice that the Montero has a decent interior styling with a hint of premium cabin feel.

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT interior dashboard

The straightforward dashboard layout 

The dashboard has a straightforward layout, which is a nice feature since the buttons and essential vehicle functions are within reach of the driver. The large steering wheel is integrated with several buttons for audio, phone functions, and adaptive cruise control. It also comes with paddle shifters in case you want to have a more spirited drive.

The 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport also wants to prove that it’s a techie car. To prove that point, it comes with an 8-inch digital instrument cluster that delivers crisp images that shows helpful vehicle information to the driver. The instrument cluster can also be customized as you can choose from three different themes.

This vehicle also comes with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The touchscreen is responsive to every touch however the icons look a bit outdated. Of note, the infotainment system of the Montero Sport comes with a built-in navigation system. I was able to test it during the duration of the drive, and it’s a good alternative to other popular navigation apps as it gives you updated routes.   

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT sunroof

Ride in style

The 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT’s interior also comes with leather seats all round, which is expected since this is the top-of-the-line variant. The leather seats give the driver and the passengers a comfortable overall in-cabin experience, which is going to come in handy when you and your family or friends will go on a road trip. However, the dashboard as well as the door panels of the 2020 Montero Sport is filled with hard plastics. I wish that Mitsubishi opted to put some soft-touch materials to it to give the cabin a more premium feel. To add, this vehicle comes with a sunroof.  

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT second row seats

The Montero Sport has enough leg- and head-room for second-row passengers

The 2020 Montero Sport comes with a 2+3+2 seat configuration, which is the usual seat arrangement in seven-seater midsize SUVs. As such, the leg- and head-room for the second-row seat is generous. Three individuals standing 5’5” can easily fit in the second row without compromising too much on comfort. On the other hand, the third-row seats are also spacious but individuals standing 5’8” might have a hard time sitting due to the relatively cramped space.  

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT third row seats

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Exterior: Third-row seats

Cargo space is also not a problem for the 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. With the third-row seats up, you can easily fit up to three medium-sized luggage or maletas. It can also accommodate up to five overnight bags with more room to spare. Moreover, it can take on a week’s supply of groceries. The cargo space can further be expanded when you fold the third- and second-row seats. As such, you can fit an assortment of items in the Montero Sport.

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT cargo space  

You can fit an assortment of items in the Montero Sport

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2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Tech & Safety Review

Aside from having a notable exterior and interior styling, the 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport comes with several tech and safety features. As mentioned earlier, this vehicle comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is a welcome feature for those who always want to be connected on the go. Aside from that, the infotainment touchscreen transforms into a reverse camera that helps a lot when you’re backing into a parking space.

Plus, this vehicle comes with a 360-degree around-view monitor. The Montero Sport is also equipped with seven airbags, a forward collision mitigation system, traction control, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, among many others.

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT electrical dial knob

The electrical dial knob

The cabin temperature can easily be adjusted through the dual-zone automatic climate control. Since this specific variant of the Montero Sport comes with a 4x4 configuration, it’s worth noting that it comes with what Mitsubishi calls the Electronic Dial Super Select. Basically, this is where you can switch the Montero’s driving characteristics or behavior.

Select 2H for normal driving conditions, then switch to 4H when you need to drive through rough roads and hazardous conditions like heavy downpours. On the other hand, 4HLc is used when you’re driving through rugged terrain with low-grip. Lastly, 4LLc is used when you need to go through rocks, mud, or sand.

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Engine & Performance Review

Engine Specifications
2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Engine Type
2.4L Diesel
Max Power
179 hp @ 3,500 rpm
Max Torque
430 Nm @ 2,500rpm
Transmission
8-speed automatic transmission
Drive Type
Four-Wheel-Drive

The 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT is powered by a 2.4-liter diesel engine that delivers 179 hp and 430 Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. If you look into the power output rating, this Montero Sport is quite against the odds when you compare it to Toyota Fortuner’s new 2.8-liter diesel engine. 

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport engine

The Montero Sport's 2.4-liter diesel engine

Despite that, the Montero Sport GT can deliver the goods when it comes to the overall driving experience. It has great power delivery, good handling, and a stable ride. The thing I like most about this vehicle is its stable ride, especially when you’re driving on the open highway. You’ll always be at ease with this vehicle as it feels well-planted on the road as you drive at highway speeds. 

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT rear

The Mitsubishi Montero Sport has a commanding stance

In terms of steering, the Montero Sport leans a bit more on the heavy side. Yes, it doesn’t come with a light steering feel but I don’t see that as a problem since it has its own benefit. The slightly heavy steering feel of the Montero Sport gives you more control over the vehicle, especially when you’re cruising the highway.

This is also one of the reasons why you’ll feel at ease when driving at highway speeds since the steering characteristic of the Montero Sport allows you to have more control of the vehicle, which helps you have a more stable ride. However, the only downside of having a relatively heavy steering feel is when you need to park the vehicle or when you need to make a three-point turn. 

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT front

Look at that commanding presence

Power delivery is also good as the Montero Sport can accelerate quickly with minimum delay. As such, you can overtake slower vehicles with confidence. The eight-speed automatic transmission is also smooth and comes with minimal to none shift shocks. In terms of shifting, the engine shifts at around the 2,000 rpm mark, which is considered ideal when you want to have a good fuel economy. Uphill roads within the city of San Juan is also not a problem for this vehicle as it can easily climb up roads with the rpm set at 2,000. 

In terms of ride comfort, the 2020 Montero Sport can absorb impacts from potholes within reason and it drives well along the dilapidated roads of EDSA. Yes, there will be few bumps here and there but that’s just natural. The Montero’s suspension does a good job of minimizing the harshness as the vehicle drives through the urban jungle. Well, smooth ride comfort is one of the things that made the Montero Sport nameplate popular after all.  

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Fuel Efficiency

Fuel Efficiency
2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Tank Capacity
68 liters
Fuel Economy
15 km/l (ave. speed of 80 km/h) | 7 km/l (ave. speed of 30 km/h)

Fuel economy wise, I was able to get 15 km/l while driving at an average speed of 80 km/h. On the other hand, city driving yielded 7 km/l while crawling through EDSA traffic at an average speed of 30 km/h. Of note, I was the only one on board the Montero Sport when the said fuel eco run was conducted. 

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT: Verdict

Overall, the 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT remains to be one of the best midsize SUVs you can buy in the Philippines. This top-spec GT variant ticks all the boxes when you’re looking for a seven-seater SUV. It has a commanding exterior, a good interior layout, generous space, a bunch of safety and tech features, as well as a reliable engine. Indeed, this vehicle is more than capable to go head-to-head with its segment rivals. 

However, the only factor that could somehow hurt this top-spec 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT is its price tag. It comes at Php 2,450,000, which is a price that’s justifiable considering all the features that the vehicle offers. But, one of its archrivals that goes by the name of Fortuner comes with a slightly lower price tag at Php 2,414,000. 

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 GT front

The Montero Sport is still one the best midsize SUVs in the local market

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Variants & Price

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Price in the Philippines
Mitsubishi Montero Sport Price & Variants in the Philippines
Montero Sport GT 4WD AT
Php 2,450,000
Montero Sport GT 2WD AT
Php 1,998,000
Montero Sport GLS 2WD AT
Php 1,769,000
Montero Sport GLX 2WD MT
Php 1,565,000

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Color Options

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Color Options
Montero Sport GT 4WD AT
White Diamond, Jet Black Mica, Graphite Gray Mettalic
Montero Sport GT 2WD AT
White Diamond, Jet Black Mica, Graphite Gray Mettalic, Medium Red
Montero Sport GLS 2WD AT
White Diamond, Jet Black Mica, Medium Red
Montero Sport GLX 2WD MT
White Diamond, Jet Black Mica, Sterling Silver Metalic

2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Price: Specs

Overall
Make
Name
Montero Sport GT 4WD AT
Body Type
Midsize SUV
Dimensions & Weight
Lenght
4,785 mm
Width
1,815 mm
Height
1,805 mm
Wheelbase
2,800 mm
Ground Clearance
218 mm
Engine & Transmission
Type
2.4L Diesel
Max Power
179 hp @ 3,500 rpm
Max Torque
430 Nm @ 2,500rpm
Transmission
8-speed automatic transmission
Chassis & Suspension
Brakes (Front / Rear)
Front and Rear Disc
Suspension (Front / Rear)
Double Wishbone / Coil Springs
Wheels and Tires
265 / 60 / R18 Alloy
Exterior
LED-Type Headlamps with Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Automatic Headlamp Leveler
LED-Type Foglamps
Rear Foglamps
LED-Type Taillamps
Rain Sensing Front Wipers
2-Speed Variable Intermittent Front Wipers
Interior
Leather Seats
4-spoke Leather-Wrapped with Silver-Accent
Steering Switch (Adaptive Cruise Control)
Steering Switch (Audio Controls)
8-inch Color LCD Instrument Meter Cluster
Multi-Information Display Monitor
2nd Row Center Armrest
ISO-Fix
Tether Anchors
LCD Touch Screen, Tuner, USB, Bluetooth, HDMI with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning System
Rear Aircon
Sunroof
Push Start Button
Reverse Sensor and Camera
2nd Row USB Ports (x2)
GPS Navigation System
Electronic Parking Brake with Brake Auto Hold Function
Power Lift Tailgate with Handsfree Function
Super Select 4WD - II with Off Road Mode
Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment
Safety & Security
Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS)
Brake Override System
Forward Collision Mitigation system
Adaptive Cruise Control System
Around-View Monitor
Hill Start Assist, Trailer Stability Assist, Brake Assist System, Active Stability and Traction Control
Hill Descent Control
SRS Airbags (Driver, Passenger)
Side, Curtain, and Driver's Knee Airbags
Immobilizer
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

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2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport: FAQs

How much is Mitsubishi Montero Sport in Philippines? 

The 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport has a starting price of Php 1,565,000 for the Montero Sport GLX 2WD MT variant. The top-spec Montero Sport GT is priced at Php Php 2,450,000.

What is the difference between Montero GLS and GLX?

The GLS and GLX are two different variants of the 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. The GLS Montero variant comes with a 4x2 configuration as well as an automatic transmission. On the other hand, the GLX Montero variant is also a 4x2 but it comes with a manual transmission. 

Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar

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Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

Aside from his interest in cars, Martin loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball in the virtual world, eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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