Tough, dependable but so slow - MITSUBISHI SHOGUN Car Review

Review

Added: 15 Mar 2010
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THE Mitsubishi Shogun Sport is a family 4x4 which was based on the L200 series of pick-ups.

Almost all sold here have been turbo diesels, with a 2.5-litre four cylinder engine, but there is also a smooth 3.0-litre V6 petrol.

Oddly, petrol models are only a little more thirsty than the oil burners because the agicultural T-D is very underpowered with only 98 or later 115bhp.

They are easy to drive, thanks to a reasonably light clutch, a fairly easy gearchange and well weighted power steering.

Off-road performance is excellent, pulling it through the toughest of quagmires and up the steepest of hills - as long as the right tyres are fitted.

Long travel suspension also means that the ride is fairly good both on and off-road, but of course, it also means roll when cornering.

Performance in the diesel is slow and can be depressing over long distances.

Interior

The interior is family sized, with plenty of legroom both front and rear, and a huge load area.

It is very high, and that can make things difficult climbing in and out. Equipment is good, with electric windows and central locking in all, and leather upholstery and aircon in many.

FAST FACTS

Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

Price: Pay about £4,600 for an ’03 03-reg Classic,  £6,600 for an ’04 54-reg Equippe, or £11,200 for an ’07 07-reg Trojan

Mechanical: 115bhp, 2,498cc, 4 cylinder diesel engine driving four wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox

Max speed: 93mph

0-62mph: 16.5 seconds

Combined mpg: 21

Insurance group: 13

CO2 emissions:  278g/km

Marks: 7/10

Main rival: Daihatsu Fourtrak

Words: Peter Hayward

Keywords: Mitsubishi, Shogun, Sport