Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2TD Equippe 5-door - MITSUBISHI SHOGUN Car Review

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Added: 19 Jun 2003
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SLOWLY but surely, the Mitsubishi Shogun is widening its already huge appeal.

A firm favourite with private buyers, the Shogun is facing ever tougher competition, and responding.

The latest Equippe versions of the three or five door Shogun get cruise control, front fog lights, electric glass sunroof and climate control.

The package adds up to a fiver short of £30,000. For that you get a turbo-charged 162bhp four-cylinder 3.2-litre engine with dual range five-speed manual transmission, while another £1,500 buys the automatic box.

The manual takes a leisurely 12 seconds to 60mph and eases itself to just over 105mph while it can potentially return 30mpg overall. But it all happens steadily rather than swiftly, and with a noticeable amount of noise from the big four-pot power unit.

The steering is also rather vague but the brakes slow it rapidly and undramatically.

It's a big, roomy off-roader with huge carrying capacity and a big towing limit, so it appeals to the serious user who covers the miles.

The Equippe's specification means it is very sophisticated and enjoyable over long journeys and its suspension is soft rather than sporting. In fact, it rolls quite a bit, but its roadholding is good nevertheless.

Emissions of 256 gkm and a 35pc tax make it less attractive as a company vehicle, but its group 16 insurance rating is more agreeable to private buyers.

The latest Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2TD Equippe 5-door is a traditional luxury off-roader, but it is now beginning to show its age although it still represents excellent value.

FAST FACTS

Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2TD Equippe 5-door

Price:  £29,995

Mechanical:  158bhp, 3,200cc 4 cyl engine driving all four wheels via 5-spd manual gearbox

Max speed:  106mph

0-60mph:  12secs

Combined mpg:  29.7

Insurance group:  16

CO2 emissions:  251g/km

BiK rating:  34%

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

Words: Robin Roberts

Keywords: MITSUBISHI, SHOGUN