yesterday i was comparing the 2 vehicles in an off-road track + mud/water & soft sand.
The test was done using 7 passengers seated.
Mitsubishi Pajero Gen 1. Vs. Nissan Safari Gen. 1
Pajero was light, & swifty in handling over sand, mud & mixed terrain with ups n downs. Very comfortable, & proved to be Real off-road vehicle, without any doubt! no more explanation needed. Without even using 4x4, It did very well thru out, i tried hard to get it stucked, but it didn't.
Safari was quite heavy & difficult to handle, needs tuff hands and experienced drivers. I had to keep up momentum to pace up the terrain. It got stuck in heavy mud, had to use 4x4 here & was OK. swifty power re-generation over soft mud sand was quite hard & overall not at all comfortable ride if compared to pajero in overall terrain.
Therefore, Pajero Wins.
I did'nt wanted to, but it really is engineered for perfection.