Mitsubishi Shogun Sport is the ideal off-roader
When it comes to getting off the beaten track, this rugged SUV is a serious contender
SUVs have become incredibly popular thanks to the comfort and space they offer drivers, but if you really want to get back to their rugged off-road roots, you might want to consider a Mitsubishi Shogun Sport.
Not only can you be confident of the Shogun Sport taking you wherever you need to go, you’ll be able to take everything you need, too. Thanks to the SUV’s large and flexible interior, you’ll be able to take your family, your luggage or your cargo wherever you need it.
The Shogun Sport is one of the largest cars in its segment, boasting seven seats that can be arranged in a variety of layouts which makes it great for transporting people or loading the boot up with equipment. Needless to say, that makes it a great choice for a rugged, rural lifestyle, but also for outings like camping and road trips. In the Shogun Sport you can take the whole family and still have room to spare for tents, equipment and a generous supply of provisions.
Its commanding driving position, a tighter turning circle than many rivals and a wealth of safety features including forward collision mitigation system, blind spot warning, active stability control, lane departure warning and ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system, mean you can also feel secure getting out and about for day-to-day activities, whether that’s heading to the shops or picking the kids up from school.
All three rows of seats offer good head and legroom for driver and passengers to keep them comfortable and prevent them from feeling cramped on long journeys. With the seats folded flat, it boasts an impressive 1,488 litres of cargo space – ideal for larger items such as bikes, surfboards and any other bulky sporting equipment you might want to take on holiday. That space also makes it ideal for large, active families who are always on the go from day to day. And for business use you can choose the Commercial model, which features driver and front passenger seats only, leaving the rest of the sizeable space free for transporting tools and equipment. A generous boot aperture means loading is easy, too.
The car comes fully equipped with all the technology and features you would expect. Every Shogun Sport features dual-zone climate control, leather seats and a reversing camera fitted as standard. The seven-inch touchscreen display puts entertainment and information at your fingertips, while Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto* allow access to all your essential apps. These features are controllable from the steering wheel, so you can keep yourself and your passengers entertained while staying focused on the road. The top specification 4 Auto model also features adaptive cruise control, additional safety systems and electrically-operated and heated front seats for extra security and comfort – as well as a boosted audio system with 510-watts of power.
With its increased ride height and tall stance, the Shogun Sport provides excellent visibility, ensuring you can see the road far ahead. And the SUV’s tough four-wheel drive system means that no matter what the road conditions, you can be sure of maximum traction. But if fuel economy is a priority, the Shogun Sport can also run in rear-wheel drive mode. Furthermore, the automatic gearbox shifts gears smoothly, and has a high ratio for motorway cruising.
The Shogun Sport truly comes into its own off the beaten track. Building on the foundations of the award-winning Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck, the Shogun Sport’s rugged underpinnings leave it ready to take on whatever the terrain can throw at it.
Here, the Shogun Sport has a real advantage over conventional SUVs. Its ability to switch between high and low range gearboxes and lock the differentials, coupled with its terrain selection system, makes it capable of dealing with off-road conditions that would stymie many of its competitors. Its 218mm of ground clearance is also of considerable benefit on uneven terrain, and with a wading depth of 700mm it can ford plenty of streams, too.
The Shogun Sport plays to all these strengths and enhances them by offering a choice between gravel, mud and snow, sand or rock modes, each optimising engine and braking performance to suit your particular driving conditions. Features including stability and traction control and brake assist help to keep you in control of the car. The 4 Auto model adds Forward Collision Mitigation and Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation, which helps to avoid unintended acceleration during parking manoeuvres.
The Shogun Sport’s muscular credentials extend to its towing capacity, too. It can accommodate a braked trailer up to 3,100kg in weight, making it ideal for taking caravans or trailers out on the road, as well as for any hobby that involves the transportation of lots of heavy kit. All versions of the car are fitted with ESP and Trailer Stability Assist, further cementing the Shogun Sport’s position as a great choice for towing. The automatic gearbox also features Uphill Control, an additional mode designed to optimise its performance while towing in any conditions.
All this makes the Shogun Sport’s Commercial model a viable option for business owners, particularly those in construction needing to transport heavy payloads.
For buyers in the market for a rugged off-roader ready to take on all kinds of conditions, the Shogun Sport deserves a place on their shortlist. With generous storage space and a high towing capacity, it’s a good match for those on the lookout for a larger SUV.
Fuel economy figures for the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport / MPG (l/100km): Urban 27.2 (10.4), extra-urban 37.2 (7.6), combined 32.8 (8.6) / ** CO₂ emissions: 227 g/km.
Shogun Sport air conditioning system contains fluorinated greenhouse gases. Chemical name: HFC-134a. Pre-chased weight: 0.79kg. Global-warming potential ratio: 1430. Converted CO₂ weight: 1.13t. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption and CO₂ figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.
*Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc, registered in the US and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google LLC.
**There is a new test for fuel consumption and CO₂ figures. The figures shown however were achieved using the outgoing test procedure