Used Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin 4x4 1999 - 2006 review

Category: Small SUV

Section: What is it like?

1999 - 2006 review
Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin 4x4 (99 - 06)
  • Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin 4x4 (99 - 06)
  • Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin 4x4 (99 - 06)
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What's the used Mitsubishi Pinin 4x4 like?

The Mitsubishi Pinin is remarkable in many ways. First, it's a small 4x4, so it has very few direct rivals; second, it has genuine off-road ability, and deserves its membership of the Shogun family, all talented off-roaders.

The trouble is that, for both of those reasons, there's little to recommend about the car, unless you particularly like its style. It's crude on-road, with a choppy ride, too much body roll in bends, poor refinement and steering that's slow and devoid of feel. If you plan to spend most of your time on Tarmac, you'll be much better off with a Toyota RAV4.

On top of that, the Pinin's small size also means it's cramped. In the three-door model, in particular, legroom and boot space are poor, but the front seats are short of support, too. The longer five-door has a little more practicality.