Mitsubishi Shogun review
The Mitsubishi Shogun is a large, rugged 4x4 that works perfectly off-road, but struggles a little on it
The Mitsubishi Shogun has been around since 1983, and in that time it has won itself a reputation for impressive go-anywhere capability and bulletproof reliability. Currently, the Shogun is only available with one diesel engine – a 3.2-litre four cylinder unit – and the big 4x4 is showing its age. While the cabin and styling gets updated every now and again, the driving experience barely changes. On the road it's rough, uncomfortable and noisy – newer rivals are just as good off-road, but run rings around the Shogun on the tarmac.
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Engines, performance and drive
Whichever Mitsubishi Shogun you choose, it will be powered by a 3.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, and performance is far from thrilling. In the long wheelbase models 0-62mph takes 11.1 seconds. The engine itself is gruff and noisy, both at idle and under acceleration, which doesn't do much for refinement. The ride isn't very smooth, and there's plenty of body roll in the bends too, making the Shogun a very awkward car to live with. Off-road though, it's fantastic and can tackle some of the toughest terrain on offer.
MPG, CO2 and running costs
With an automatic gearbox and in long wheelbase form, the Mitsubishi Shogun doesn't score very well for running costs. Fuel economy stands at a poor 34.4mpg and emissions of 216g/km are quite high. Both of those facts mean you'll need deep pockets just to keep it fuelled and taxed. A servicing plan which costs £750 will cover all the costs of the first three services of your Shogun.
Interior, design and technology
The Mitsubishi Shogun has a no-nonsense approach to styling. It was designed to be a rugged off-roader, and the bluff front end and sharp edges portray that impression quite well. Compared with modern 4x4s it needs a bit of a styling rethink. The interior is full of chunky switches and a few high quality materials but it's a little utilitarian.
Practicality, comfort and boot space
Go for the long wheelbase Shogun, and you'll get a huge 663-litre boot behind the second row of seats. If you choose to have all three rows of seats up – as a seven-seater – then you'll find there's only 221 litres of space. Fold all the seats flat, and there's a very spacious 1,789-litre load area.
Reliability and Safety
The Shogun hasn't been officially crash tested by Euro NCAP, but Mitsubishi is confident it could achieve a four star rating. The standard airbag count includes driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags. Reliability is an area where the Shogun should certainly score highly. These cars were really built to last and have gained a reputation for their bulletproof and trouble free running.