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Review: The Mitsubishi Shogun

November 6, 2014

The Mitsubishi Shogun has been around in one form or another for a good number of years, since 1983 in fact. Robust and well built, it can handle pretty much anything you may throw at it – with off-road capabilities to match the class leaders.

Mitsubishi Shogun

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Design

The Shogun’s chunky and rugged design is clearly meant to appeal to the off-road crowd, with its utilitarian aesthetic forming part of its charm. Its short front-end and rear overhang provide plenty of ground clearance when off road – and this is where the Shogun is really in its element. If you’re looking for genuine off-road performance, the Shogun can certainly hold its own against some of the better known 4x4s on the market.

Performance

The Shogun’s off-road set up can feel a little cumbersome on the tarmac and it takes a rather heavy prod with your right foot to get the scenery looking blurred from the side window. That being said, the Shogun has been designed and refined for serious off-roading work – and that’s where its strengths lay.

Its diesel engine produces plenty of torque and is perfectly suited to off-roading, making tasks like hill climbing, getting out of the mud and towing a doddle – thanks to its low-range power delivery.

Features

Despite being designed as a ‘working’ vehicle, Mitsubishi have polished up their offering by including generous equipment and kit as standard. The base model features electric windows, climate control, ESP and airbags – much more than you’ll find on vehicles like the Land Rover Defender.

All versions are powered by the same 3.2 litre diesel engine, all having four wheel drive and the choice of a manual or auto gearbox. On the whole, they’re a great buy. Whilst the Shogun won’t win any beauty pageants, it’s a very capable off-roader making it a smart choice.

Prices start at £26,889 and run all the way up to £37,489 once you’ve ticked all the boxes on the specification list, and a CO2 output of between 207 – 224 g/km puts it firmly in the ‘K’ tax band, regardless of which model you go for.

If you’re looking for Mitsubishi finance, the Car Loan Warehouse can find you the best deals on a loan, regardless of your credit score. Have a look at our Mitsubishi finance page or try our simple and easy to use car finance calculator to see how much you could save.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.