SUVs may be all the rage these days, but there was once a time when a 4x4 was a workhorse first and foremost, with comfort a secondary consideration. One of the first to add a plusher spin on things at a relatively affordable price was the Mitsubishi Shogun, a car that was introduced way back in 1982.
While the Shogun has become ever more sophisticated over the years, it still offers much the same proposition. All models come with switchable four-wheel drive with a locking centre differential to haul you out of muddy fields, the ability to tow at least 3000kg and a seriously lofty driving position.
Unlike rivals such as the Ssangyong Rexton and Kia Sorento, the Shogun is available in two wheelbases with either five or seven seats. This makes it like other old-school large SUVs like the Toyota Land Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler. As for engines, the Shogun is only available with a big 3.2-litre diesel unit coupled to an automatic gearbox.
If the Shogun sounds like it’ll fit your needs, keep reading for our exceedingly thorough review. If you decide it’s the SUV for you, check out our New Car Buying section for deals on this and hundreds of other new cars.