Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4 full 9 point review
The Shogun is impressive off-road and benefits from the 3.2-litre diesel engine's huge amount of pulling power. The manual and automatic gearboxes have low-range gears for tackling tricky situations, while the optional rear differential lock will also help. On-road, however, the engine can struggle to move the weight of the car, so the Shogun feels sluggish when overtaking.
Ride & Handling
You could happily spend hours conquering the roughest off-road terrain in the Shogun, but the picture isn’t so rosy when the surface you’re tackling is more conventional. This huge car feels cumbersome when negotiating bends, not helped by a huge amount of body lean. The ride feels very agricultural on the road, too, with plenty of fidgeting and knocking.
The Shogun's diesel is very gruff. It’s not too bad at low off-road speeds. But it’s more tiresome on the asphalt. Higher speeds also generate lots of wind noise around the large door mirrors and upright windscreen. Tyre noise is also too evident.
Buying & Owning
The Shogun isn’t a cheap car and, like most big 4x4s, resale values aren’t the strongest. Fuel consumption is as steep as you’d expect – mid-thirties at best – so prepare to throw a lot of juice in the tank. Also, every Shogun is in the top, 35%, company car tax band.
Quality & Reliability
The no-nonsense off-road ethos of the Shogun is evident in the way it's built. The cabin materials are more hard-wearing than classy, but like the rest of the car, they feel like they'll easily last the distance. The car's simple design and engineering should guarantee many a trouble-free mile, on- or off-road.
Safety & Security
Traction and stability control systems are standard across the range and aim to keep you out of trouble. Anti-lock brakes come with electronic brakeforce distribution for more stable stopping power. Front, side and curtain airbags are also standard, while an alarm helps to fend off thieves.
Behind The Wheel
There's enough adjustment in the driver's seat to get most people comfortable, but the steering wheel adjusts for height only, not reach. All-round visibility is a strong point, while the controls are grouped together sensibly and are easy-to-use.
Space & Practicality
Both the five-seat SWB and seven-seat LWB versions have plenty of head- and legroom, but getting into or out of the three-door SWB is awkward, and the third-row seats in the LWB version are best reserved for children. These seats tuck away under the floor when they're not needed to leave masses of boot space, but the seats aren’t as clever as those in many big 4x4s. Boot space in the SWB version is disappointing with the rear seats in place, and only average with the seats folded down.
Even the entry-level version has climate control, xenon headlights, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a USB socket and cruise control, so we’d stick with that. Mid-spec SG3 models are well equipped; they come with sat-nav, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, electrically adjustable leather seats, a sunroof and automatic lights and wipers. Top-spec Shoguns – Barbarian on the SWB version and SG4 on the LWB – get 20-inch alloys and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, but they’re expensive.