Mitsubishi Shogun Sport review - Interior, design and technology
Unusual design hints at mixed origins and the interior is plain
The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport has a distinctive exterior design, although this is partly deliberate it’s also inherited of the vehicle the Sport is based on. Thanks to its Mitsubishi L200 pick-up origins, the Shogun Sport sits high on the road with a large ground clearance and big spaces between the tyres and wheelarches. It also shares the relatively short front overhang and big rear overhang that is indicative of its shared heritage. It is not without a certain rugged appeal but it does not look as stylish as sophisticated as some of its classier rivals.
Much of the same approach has been taken in the cabin, which is largely lifted from the L200 pick-up also. The straightforward layout is easy to understand, with the major controls grouped centrally and the button count kept to sensible levels. There is also a simple digital display between the large analogue instruments that makes it easy to stay in touch with the vehicle’s status. While all Shogun Sport models are fitted with leather seats as standard, the rest of the materials are a little disappointing for a car costing close to £40,000, with some hard and cheap-feeling plastics in evidence.
There are no additional options available for the Shogun Sport, although the higher-specification 4 model adds luxuries such as adaptive cruise control and heated front seats to the standard equipment list. All Shogun Sport models include electric seat adjustment, dual-zone climate control and a reversing camera, which are a welcome technology boost to the cabin.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The Shogun Sport is fitted as standard with a comprehensive audio system that includes Bluetooth, Apple Car Play and Android Auto with a seven-inch touchscreen. However, the system feels like an aftermarket addition rather than a fully-integrated unit, and the graphics look a little dated. It performs well in terms of functionality and sound quality, while the Shogun Sport 4 model gets a superior specification audio system with 510 watts of power.
In this review
- 1Mitsubishi Shogun Sport reviewMitsubishi reintroduces its seven-seat Shogun Sport SUV to the UK, but it lags behind key rivals in many areas
- 2Engines, performance and driveChanges to the suspension cannot hide the pick-up origins, with the Shogun Sport delivering a bouncy ride and inaccurate handling
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsSingle engine choice can only deliver mediocre fuel consumption and emissions resulting in raised running costs
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingUnusual design hints at mixed origins and the interior is plain
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceOne of the best for third-row space but the Shogun Sport lags behind in other areas
- 6Reliability and SafetyStrong safety equipment provision is reassuring, reliability expected to be average rather than exceptional