Shogun at best when off-road - MITSUBISHI SHOGUN Car Review

Review

Added: 15 Sep 2008
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MITSUBISHI'S big bruiser Shogun 4x4 might have become one of the favoured family holdalls in recent years but these big vehicles are actually at their very best off-road, where they are virtually unstoppable and much more comfortable than others in the class.

They are very strongly built and have a reputation for lasting many years without problems as long as the servicing is done.

The long wheelbase five door estate, like all the others, now has only one engine option - a 3.2-litre turbo diesel with 168bhp.

But, where some similar 4x4s can manage much better economy, with the automatic gearbox this one could only manage 22 miles per gallon.

So, running costs are not going to be cheap. Out on the road it doesn't feel slow and the gearbox has a tiptronic set-up so that it can be used as a manual.

But refinement is not very good, with engine wind and road noise intruding at different times.

Interior

It seats up to seven with two fold-up seats in the boot floor, but these are best left for children because there is very little legroom.

The driving position is good and standard equipment is excellent throughout the range.

FAST FACTS

Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-DC Warrior 5dr

Price: £32,099

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: 14

CO2 emissions: 280g/km

BiK rating: 35%

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

Marks: 8/10

Main rival: Land Rover Discovery

Words: Peter Hayward

Keywords: mitsubishi, shogun