Mitsubishi Shogun LWB Elegance - MITSUBISHI SHOGUN Car Review

Review

Added: 20 Jun 2010
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EVER wondered where the name Chelsea Tractor comes from?

Apparently it’s a more upmarket way of saying Mum Truck and used, with disapproving overtones of course, to describe a type of environmentally hazardous monster used for short trips in the city

In the case of the Mitsubishi Shogun, however, it’s something much more literal.

Got it in one - the big, Japanese bruiser is exactly that, a noisy agricultural lump of heavy metal that goes chugga, chugga, chugga as it ponderously picks its way through farmers’ fields – or more likely leafy suburban lanes to posh private schools.

Yes, the Shogun is the automobile equivalent of a sumo wrestler and in keeping with its hardcore character it features an eardrum-busting Rockford Fosgate 860W 12-speaker premium audio system.

Just as well, because you need a sound blaster that powerful to drown out the diesel clatter.

Okay, rant over. I know several owners of both the more compact three-door and long wheelbase five-door models.

And guess what. They couldn’t be more satisfied, their reasons being that from weekend fishing and more heavy duty work on the fells to everyday pottering, the Shogun does the job.

Furthermore, their cars have never broken down, the five-door versions in particular make them feel secure and after a while, they insist, you don’t notice the engine noise anyway.

If it wasn’t for that bit I think I’d be a big fan too – for various reasons.

The fit and finish of the interior feels pretty much bombproof and the leather upholstery of the tested Elegance model is both comfortable and hardy.

There’s plenty of space for five, with even the centre rear passenger able to travel in comfort and there’s the added advantage of Mitsubishi’s ‘Fold2Hide’ third row of seats concealed beneath the boot floor.

You don’t need to pump iron to access them either – a light touch does the trick and the seats pop up, with integrated headrests, turning the Shogun into a seven-seater.

That still leaves some luggage space, though with the back pair folded down it’s immense. I also like the way the tailgate opens sideways rather than upwards.

As for driving, well the big Mitsubishi performs adequately enough. In fact the engine sounds much sweeter when up to speed on faster roads.

But it’s off-road that the Shogun really comes into its own – and in this area it is up there with the very best.

Its four driving modes of the all-wheel control system are easily operated by a lever alongside the gearshift, and a second set of grab handles underlines the car’s robust credentials.

Just a shame that so much rugged ability is wasted on the school and shopping runs.

FAST FACTS

Mitsubishi Shogun LWB Elegance

Price: £34,999

Mechanical: 197bhp, 3.2-litre, four-cylinder DiD Common Rail turbodiesel driving four wheels via five-speed automatic transmission

Max speed: 111mph

0-62mph: 11.1 seconds

Combined mpg: 33.2

Insurance group: 33 (1-50)

CO2 emissions: 211g/km

BiK rating: 35%

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

 

Words: Mike Torpey

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