Mitsubishi Shogun 2.5 TD Sport Warrior 5-dr - MITSUBISHI SHOGUN Car Review

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Added: 10 Oct 2003
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MITSUBISHI'S Shogun Sport Warrior is big, brash and in your face - and it's meant to be.

The two-ton four by four, unlike smaller sports utility vehicles, won't be seen clogging the streets outside schools in the morning.

It's not a machine mum and the kids would use for the school run in town. It's much more likely to be spotted out in the leafy lanes with the Country Set, or even further afield in places like Iraq or Afghanistan plastered with UN decals.

The 2.5TD Sport Warrior version, one of three special edition Shoguns introduced lately, is a real toughie which has been purposely beefed up to offer something different, a serious challenger to the likes of the Range Rover, for much less money.

At one pound short of £23,000, the Warrior is a bargain compared to the cheapest Range Rover which comes in at £44,000.

It's a serious off-roader but also offers the comfort and and equipment level of a luxury motor.

This special edition adds 18in alloys, black leather seats, side steps, titanium look dashboard, wheel arch extensions, chrome front grille and light bezels.

It's available with two engine choices, the 2.5 turbo diesel with manual transmission (which I tested) and the 3.0 V6 petrol with automatic gearbox at £23,999.

I must admit I found the diesel on the noisy side, especially from first to third, but once on the move it smoothed out and hummed along the motorway in a relaxed manner.

Acceleration at 16.8 seconds from 0-62mph isn't blisteringly quick and top speed is still below the ton, so it won't blow your socks off.

But it's a roomy vehicle with plenty of storage bins inside and a decent amount of space in the back. It's a true five seater which will give all passengers a comfortable ride.

I didn't manage to take it off-road, but having experienced Mitsubishi products over several years I have no doubt its mud-plugging ability is up to scratch.

Mitsubishi says market research suggests a 52 per cent rural to 48 per cent urban split in usage and its ride comfort is perfect for the city or town, while its Easy Select 4WD system and real off-road ability makes it able to tackle the toughest, most rugged terrain.

Standard kit level on board is pretty generous with climate control, air conditioning, electrically adjustable, heated and flat-folding door mirrors, multi information display, electric front windows with one-shot open and close for the driver and cruise control leading the way.

In addition, in-car entertainment comes courtesy of a six-speaker stereo radio/CD with transmission via an element-type aerial in the rear windscreen.

The Warrior also offers the luxury of heated leather seating in the cabin where a slide adjustable centre armrest (which doubles as a storage box), tilt adjustable, leather-clad steering wheel and electrically adjustable pilot seat all combine to provide an agreeable driving position.

FAST FACTS

Mitsubishi Shogun 2.5 TD Sport Warrior 5-dr

Price:  £22,999

Mechanical:  114 bhp, 2,477cc turbo diesel engine driving all four wheels via 5-spd manual gearbox

Max speed:  93 mph

0-62mph:  16.8 secs

Combined mpg:  27.2

Insurance group:  16

CO2 emissions:  275 g/km

Warranty:  3yrs/ unlimited miles;  6yrs anti-rust

Words: Stewart Smith

Keywords: MITSUBISHI, SHOGUN