Mitsubishi Shogun

The Essentials

  • Price from £30,754
  • What Car? says: 1 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 36.2mpg
  • What is it? A proper workhorse with space for seven - just don't expect any elegance

Great

  • The Shogun is a solid, robust and very capable off-roader
  • It can seat up to seven
  • It's decently equipped

Gripes

  • Not good on refinement, especially on Tarmac
  • On-road handling is clumsy and agricultural
  • The diesel engine can still struggle with the car's weight
  • Drive

    Great off-road, but awful on it

  • Inside

    Sturdy cabin, but should be more adjustment

  • Safety

    Electronic driver aids should keep you on the straight and narrow, and there are six airbags just in case

  • Reliability

    We've yet to hear any complaints, and the build quality feels reassuringly solid

  • Space

    Not that much, considering the car's epic dimensions

  • Standard and extras

    All versions get decent luxury kit

  • What's it like to drive?

    The Shogun is impressive off-road. The 3.2-litre diesel engine has a huge amount of pulling power, there are low-ratio gears for added traction and the option of a rear differential lock for super-muddy conditions.
    You could happily spend hours conquering the roughest track in the Shogun, then, but it's a different story on Tarmac. Here, the huge car feels cumbersome on bends, with too much body lean. The ride feels very agricultural on the road, too; it's fidgety and there are odd noises from the suspension. Meanwhile, the diesel engine can struggle to move the Shogun's immense bulk, so it feels very sluggish when overtaking. The engine's very clattery, too, and at higher speeds, there's also lots of wind noise around the large door mirrors and too much tyre roar.

  • What's it like inside?

    The no-nonsense, off-road ethos of the Shogun is evident in the way it's built, with cabin materials that are hard-wearing rather than classy. The controls are sensibly grouped together and are easy to use, and visibility is very good. There's enough adjustment in the driver's seat to get most people comfortable, but the steering wheel adjusts only for height, not reach.
    You're unlikely to hear passengers on the first two rows complain about head- or legroom, but the third-row seats are best reserved for children. These seats tuck away under the boot floor when they're not needed, leaving masses of boot space.
    All Shoguns have climate control, alloys, an MP3-compatible CD player, electric windows and mirrors, and keyless entry. Warrior cars get a reversing camera, privacy glass and leather, while SG3 trim brings automatic lights and wipers, rear air-con controls and sat-nav. SG4 adds a rear-seat DVD screen system.

  • How reliable is it?

    The Shogun feels built to last, and should provide many a trouble-free mile, on- or off-road. Mitsubishi also did impressively well in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing sixth out of 36 manufacturers. Traction and stability control systems are standard, and every Shogun is fitted with front, side and curtain airbags, plus keyless entry and an alarm.

  • Should I buy one?

    The Shogun's talents definitely lie off-road rather than on Tarmac, so its appeal is limited. Even then, the Shogun isn't cheap and, like most big 4x4s, resale values aren't the strongest. Fuel consumption is pretty steep, too - mid-thirties at best - as are CO2 emissions.