£28,014 - £44,614 Price range
5 - 7 Seats
30 - 36 MPG
The Mitsubishi Shogun is a tough looking 4×4 that is at home in the mud. It gets reasonable reviews, critics like the excellent off-road ability, but say it’s just not good enough on the road.
The Mitsubishi Shogun comes in both short-wheel base (SWB) and long-wheel base (LWB) versions, although the bigger car is by far the most useful.
It’s a proper off-roader and a bit agricultural as a result, although some love the resulting honesty. The Shogun is virtually unbreakable and will outlive us all; just don’t expect limo-like wafting along fast A-roads.
The interior “lacks nothing” apparently, and is sturdy and well built rather than at the cutting edge of interior design. That’s okay, though, as the Shogun is a no-nonsense off-roader at heart, and the interior reflects this; it “smacks of old school robustness.”
The long wheelbase model has three rows of seats, so that you can take six others with you when you go on safari. The boot is huge and if you fold the rear two rows of seats down then you’ll be able to fit a two-bedroom bungalow in there – almost!
The Shogun is a big, heavy 4×4, so you can’t expect it to handle like a BMW 5 Series. One reviewer says, however, that it is better than you might imagine: “the ride comfort is fine; the handling is better” The majority, though, have been far more critical, saying that due to the poor ride and handling, the Shogun is “a very awkward car to live with”.
The selectable four-wheel drive transmission has low-range and electronic wizardry, making it a stump-puller when the road runs out and the wilderness steps in; few cars will travel further when the conditions deteriorate.
There is only one engine available for the Shogun – and it’s pretty terrible, if we’re honest. After an update in 2012, one reviewer said that relative to its rivals “it has gone from occupying a different solar system to merely being from a less advanced region of the same planet”. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but it doesn’t sound too good.
The 3.2-litre four-cylinder diesel develops a clattery 197hp and 325lb/ft of torque, offering up adequate performance. The long wheelbase model hits 62mph in 11.1 seconds, and Mitsubishi claim that 33.2mpg is possible. CO2 emissions are 224g/km.
Although it hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, Mitsubishi are claiming a four star rating for the Shogun.
In addition to the security of the four-wheel drive system, stability control and electronic brakeforce distribution are standard in every model.
The short-wheel base version is cheaper but is, in the view of most motoring journalists, pretty pointless. If you’re going to buy a big 4×4 then it might as well be a big 4×4 that offers a practical amount of space.
Other than that, it’s cheaper than most of its rivals and has a decent amount of equipment fitted too, so you won’t be spending a fortune by having to tick dozens of option boxes.
The Mitsubishi Shogun is unstoppable off-road – but it isn’t that great on the tarmac. Newer cars such as the Land Rover Discovery are far better on the road and match it on rough stuff too.
However, journalists comment on the “agricultural honesty” of the Shogun, with one saying that “I’m absolutely hooked”. Our advice is to go and drive one; find out if you’re a Shogun kind of person too!