Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-DC Diamond - MITSUBISHI SHOGUN Car Review

Review

Added: 29 Aug 2008
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IT'S never going to win any votes among the green brigade and shares in BP would probably be a good option but for sheer fun, thrills and awesome power the Mitsubishi Shogun delivers on every count.

Make no mistake, the Shogun is not a real gas-guzzling monster on our roads. There's many a big saloon with greater thirst and the Shogune boasts incredible off-roading capability with immense pulling power, impressive manoeuvrability and still manages to maintain some touches of sheer luxury that would not be out of place in a modern saloon.

From the high-seated driving position, the all-round visibility is excellent and after very little time behind the wheel it offers an almost-invincible feel.

The muscular build gives a real no-nonsense appearance and its square front and rear design helps to make the Shogun stand out from the crowd as the ultimate working vehicle.

One surprising factor is the ease with which the Shogun can be manoeuvred, despite its size and with wing mirrors the size of most car windscreens reversing is a complete doddle.

Passenger comfort is another added bonus with plenty of room for five adults along with all their luggage, although elderly passengers may need a little help getting into the vehicle via the side step, due to its height.

On the open road, the Shogun handles very well with surprisingly impressive acceleration, although at times the stopping distance is a little worrying.

Despite being described as a working vehicle, the Shogun boasts many gentle touches to make life a little more comfortable. Luxuries such as heated seats, electrically-adjustable, foldable and heated door mirrors, a rear view camera and an electric sunroof to name but a few.

And as one would expect from Mitsubishi, safety features are in abundance too.

There are anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, a stability and traction control system, plus numerous airbags.

All in all, the Shogun is a mighty beast of a vehicle with awesome power combined with plenty of classy touches.

FAST FACTS

Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-DC Diamond 5dr

Price: £34,699

Mechanical: 168bhp, 3,200cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 5spd automatic gearbox

Max speed: 110mph

0-62mph: 12.9 secs

Combined mpg: 26.7

Insurance group: 15

CO2 emissions: 280g/km

BiK rating: 35%

Warranty: 3yrs/ unlimited mileage, 6yrs paint, 12yrs anti-rust

Words: Maxine Ashford

Keywords: Mitsubishi, Shogun