The Mitsubishi Shogun is great off-road and feels robustly built. It seats up to seven and is well equipped, but it may be the Tonka Toy looks that really appeal
The Mitsubishi lacks refinement and although the diesel engine has plenty of pulling power, it can still struggle with the weight of the car
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Shogun is impressive off-road and benefits from the 3.2-litre diesel's huge amount of pulling power. The gearboxes have low ratios for added grip and the option of a rear differential lock for super-muddy conditions. On-road, however, the engine can struggle to move the weight of the car, so the Shogun feels very 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.