What's the used Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 4x4 like?
The modern sports utility vehicle (SUV) has changed beyond all recognition and now the used market is flooded with road-biased SUVs. Trouble is, there are still people in rural locations who need a proper off-roader, and while most companies have stopped providing such vehicles, Mitsubishi continues to do so.
Taking over from the old Shogun, the Shogun Sport is a large seven-seater with big chunky tyres, a rugged separate chassis and a centre locking differential – important to have when tackling steep inclines, deep mud or crawling over rocks. The beefy chassis also helps the Shogun Sport when towing, because it can pull up to 3100kg behind it. So, if you happen to need a vehicle that’ll drag a horsebox (with the horse inside, of course) to and from a show, then this Mitsubishi could be the car for you.
However, this car is described as being equally at home in the city as it is in the wilderness, which simply isn’t the case. The long travel suspension that works well on uneven surfaces makes the Shogun Sport wallow at an alarming rate in corners. The knobbly tyres may mean that it can claw through a boggy marsh, but they do generate quite a lot of road roar and contribute to the jittery ride. And the slow steering that’s ideal for not breaking your thumbs when the wheels are jostled this way and that when navigating tricky terrain means that you’re never completely confident of what the front end is doing as you enter a bend.
There’s only one engine available: a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that sounds very agricultural, and with only 178bhp on-tap, has all the urgency of a replacement bus service. The eight-speed automatic that is also the only gearbox on offer doesn’t help matters because it is all too eager to change down when you ask for some acceleration, thus exasperating the unrefined nature of the engine.
As you’d expect, the interior of the Shogun Sport is big and gives seven people quite a lot of space. It’s not very flexible since the second-row seats are fixed, whereas most rivals have a sliding arrangement. The seats in the Mitsubishi are awkward to fold, which will be an issue for younger children. The boot isn’t very accommodating with the third row erected, and the opening is rather narrow compared with the class best.
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