The Mitsubishi Shogun Black Edition offers a long list of standard kit on paper, but can it keep up with newer, more sophisticated SUV rivals?
The Shogun Black is based on the top-spec SG4 trim level, which already comes with sat-nav, a reversing camera and leather upholstery. The Black adds a matt-black finish to the grille, head and tail-light surrounds, foglight bezels, side-steps, door handles, rear roof spoiler and 20-inch alloys.
The Shogun lacks the kudos of a Land Rover or Jeep, but it’s still a very simple and practical machine. So the heated seats and seven-inch screens in the back of the front headrests are unexpected luxuries, yet they fail to hide the crude mechanicals found under the skin.
The 197bhp four-cylinder 3.2-litre diesel is the largest in its class, but it sounds gruff at idle and under acceleration. A useful 441Nm of torque from 2,000rpm means quick getways, despite the 2.2-tonne weight.
The electric power-steering lacks sharpness and the ride is a little harsh on the larger wheels, yet despite its size, the Shogun isn’t intimidating.
The rear seats can be folded down to create a massive 1,719-litre load space, but the huge side-hinged boot door limits your access to it in tightly confined areas, especially with the spare wheel mounted on it.