Impressive off-road ability, well built cabin, generous standard equipment
Crude compared to many offroaders, lacks interior refinement, noisy engine
The Shogun is almost recognised as a brand in its own right and has been one of the stalwarts of the large 4x4 sector.
For 2007 there was a (mostly) new model, bringing with it the most significant changes to the car since 2000. Still offered in compact three-door and roomy five-door versions the Shogun gains major updates to the interior, a revised diesel engine and improved safety.
However, Mitsubishi has upgraded the Shogun conscious of the fact that plenty of customers still want a vehicle that is very capable off road - and as before it's virtually unstoppable on rough terrain.
Whether you opt for the shorter wheelbase three-door model or the full-size five door version, the Mitsubishi Shogun is an impressive off-road machine. It comes with an equally impressive heritage of dirt-defying ability, so it’s perhaps no shocker the Shogun is so good at tackling tough countryside with an easy stride.
With four-wheel drive and a low-ratio transfer gearbox, the Shogun is adept on any road or track you can point it down, though its size does mean it’s not quite as agile off-road as a Suzuki Jimny. However, the upside to this is you can take more people and luggage in the Shogun, with the five-door model offering seven seats and a large amount of cargo space.
Crude driving manners
The Mitsubishi Shogun was never the most succinct or refined car to drive when it was launched in 2007, so not that some years have passed it has fallen further down the pecking order of large SUVs. A Land Rover Discovery is much more at home on the public highway than the Shogun, with the Mitsubishi bucking and weaving over bumps and lumps. There’s less body lean in corners than the previous Shogun, but it’s still a roly-poly performer in the corners.
The 3.2-litre engine works hard but cannot quite make the Shogun feel nippy or fully able to commit to overtaking slower traffic. It’s also noisy compared to the likes of the Discovery’s V6 turbodiesel engine. Find out more about the Mitsubishi Shogun in the full Parkers review.