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

19 December 2006

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.

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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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