Mitsubishi Shogun Review - MITSUBISHI SHOGUN Car Review
Added: 12 Jan 2011
What’s it like to live with?
How does one keep up with the Jones’ and their brand new £67,000 Range Rover when one doesn’t have that kind of cash?
Well, one could try buying a nearly new Mitsubishi Shogun, which appears to be a direct rival from ‘just’ £28,000 - £39,000.
The Shogun’s price point differs so significantly not because it is smaller or less capable in terms of the basic goals of a car like this. It has four-wheel-drive, slip-differentials, 7-seats, and 197 bhp.
It is cheaper because while this is the version that came out in 2007, the fundamental car it is based it has been around over a decade. During which time Range Rovers have advanced in refinement and technology ahead of all their rivals in the same way that Manchester United and Chelsea have moved ahead of Norwich City and Scunthorpe.
The Shogun is laden-down with kit as it tries to compete; there’s a reversing camera that displays on the Sat-Nav screen, electric everything from windows to seats and standard air conditioning. Of course a Range Rover has all that too, plus much more advanced suspensions systems and settings for off-road. Not to mention innovations like air conditioned seat backs so you can cool or heat you spine and rump to perfection too.
But what the Shogun lacks in technology it makes up for with basic practicality. For an enormous 4x4, it is incredibly easy park thanks to vast all-round glass, big mirrors and generous turning lock.
The motorway ride is as stable as any other large 4x4. Once up to speed, refinement is acceptable too, but the agricultural diesel clatter as you accelerate is disappointing. As is the smelly smoke that pours out from the 3.2 litre diesel engine on start-up.
However, the Shogun’s fundamentally timeless design, combined with minor facelifts and extra body-coloured trim means the Shogun looks impressive enough to still be a credible rival, even though it is half the price.
You certainly can’t miss it if one turns up on your driveway. A family friend almost asked me to apologise to their neighbour for lowering the tone. It seems Mitsubishi may be trying a little too hard at keeping up appearances.
What’s the right time to buy?
One year old cars are very cheap compared to new, and depreciation doesn’t hit them hard again until they are three years old. So if don’t intend to hold on to it for more than two years, that is the ideal window of opportunity. It still has manufacturer’s warranty and reliability but you can save up to £10,000 over the new price.
If you intend to keep the Shogun as a war horse, literally driving it until it drops (which will take over a decade) then the four year old cars are where to start, as an average mileage example with 40,000 miles on the clock will start at around £16,000.
What else does this budget buy?
A budget of £15,000 - £20,000 gives you lots of 4x4 choice, but very little really big, premium 4x4 choices. The youngest Range Rover you will find for that money is five years old, compared to a three or four year old Shogun.
There are Nissan Navarras, but they feel even more industrial, or Nissan Muranos, but they lack the size, presence and strength.
A big, impressive-looking 4x4, which just about competes with a Range Rover but is half the price. Which no one else can really claim.
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