From £26,199
Still impressive off road but, despite Mitsubishi's best efforts at updating it, the Shogun's too rough around the edges to recommend

Our Verdict

Mitsubishi Shogun
The Shogun has been on sale in its current form since 2006

The Mitsubishi Shogun has its appeal. It needs more chassis finesse, but is still charming

  • First Drive

    Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 SG4

    The Mitsubishi Shogun has been mildly tweaked for 2012, but remains a no-nonsense tool with strong off-road credentials, albeit an expensive one
  • First Drive

    Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 Di-D

    Very good in the rough stuff, but very crude on the road. And it's not cheap, either.

What’s new?

A general buffing-up for this Jurassic-era off-roader. In addition to a new look, it gets a heavily reworked interior, a slightly more powerful engine and better standard equipment.

What’s it like?

Pretty much as we remember the old one being. Uprated suspension gives slightly less roll-prone on-road performance, but it still feels very old-fashioned on tarmac. And although refinement has improved slightly, proceedings are still dominated by the industrial din that comes from stirring some kind of performance from that vast four-pot engine.

Get into the real wilderness, though, and the Shogun comes into its own, effortlessly conquering the sort of off-road terrain that would stop anything this side of a Land Rover or Toyota Land Cruiser.

It's still very much the real deal, but the extra equipment (including a neat hard-disc navigation-and-audio system on range-toppers) can't disguise the gulf between it and the soft-roaders that now dominate the segment.

Should I buy one?

If you're a farmer looking to combine a selection of creature comforts with the ability to get to the bottom of that muddy field, then possibly. But for anyone who doesn't need all-out back-to-nature performance, the Shogun is rather stuck in a rut.

Mike Duff

 

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