The Mitsubishi Shogun is known for being a no-nonsense, bulletproof off-roader, but these days even the most dedicated mud-pluggers have to conform to the latest emissions regulations, and the Shogun is no exception.
For 2012, Mitsubishi has tweaked the model’s 3.2-litre diesel engine, so it now passes strict Euro V standards. It still produces 197bhp, and in the automatic, five-door LWB we tested, it will return 33.2mpg and emit 224g/km of CO2.
Styling changes are subtle, too, and include a new chrome grille plus 12-spoke, 18-inch alloys.
Inside, Mitsubishi has tweaked the dials and improved some of the materials and upholstery.
There’s no change to how the Shogun drives, but that’s a mixed blessing. On the one hand, the engine is reasonably refined and provides enough power to launch the 2,300kg car from 0-62mph in only 11.1 seconds. The slick five-speed automatic does a great job of changing gears, too.
But we wish Mitsubishi’s engineers had made a few tweaks to the steering and ride. You expect a high-up off-roader like this to be able to soak up potholes, but hitting one tends to send a thud through the cabin.
Also, the steering is a little vague and slow to react. It all makes the Shogun feel more cumbersome and unwieldy than it really should.
While the on-road dynamics may not quite be up to scratch, there’s no doubting this car’s legendary off-road ability. With a locking rear-differential and high or low-ratio gearbox, there’s not much that could stop your progress, wherever you go.
We tested the range-topping SG4 model. It costs £40,999 but features full leather upholstery, heated seats, DVD screens in the headrests and a reversing camera. You won’t find that level of equipment at that price tag anywhere else, but it’s worth noting that you could buy an entry-level Land Rover Discovery 4 or a well equipped Toyota Land Cruiser for similar money. Both are better to drive on-road.