Mitsubishi Shogun SUV
Price £27,144 - £37,744
- Virtually unstoppable off-road
- Mitsubishi reputation for reliability
- Decent passenger and luggage space
- Unsophisticated to drive on road
- Hard, cheap-looking plastics inside
- Excessive engine, wind and tyre noise
At a glance
"Rugged and dependable, the Mitsubishi Shogun is worth a look if you're seeking a tough 4x4 with excellent off-road ability."
The Mitsubishi Shogun is a large, sturdy off-road 4x4 SUV that faces a wide range of rivals. It has the imposing looks of a Land Rover Discovery or a Toyota Land Cruiser, but its simple construction and dependable off-road abilities position it as a more lavishly equipped competitor to the old-school Land Rover Defender.
The Discovery in particular has moved further upmarket to be more luxurious and it now vastly outclasses the Shogun in this regard. But the Mitsubishi has a reputation for being almost unstoppable off-road and it has a fiercely loyal customer base that appreciates its dependability, strength and rugged looks.
However, that rugged dependability comes at a cost. On the road, the Shogun feels coarse and agricultural to drive. The engine is rough and there's not much soundproofing, so tyre, wind and engine noise is very pronounced. Driving at motorway speeds for long periods also shows up the uncomfortable seats.
Things don’t improve when the road gets twisty, either. The suspension allows for a huge amount of body lean and any sudden bumps can upset the ride quality. Fuel economy is poor and the Shogun's diesel engine emits a large amount of CO2, so prepare your wallet for frequent trips to the fuel station and a big tax bill.
Where the Shogun shines brightest, though, is off-road. Massive tyres, a tough underbody and a clever four-wheel-drive system mean the big Mitsubishi can get you out of almost any situation. Thick mud, snow and gravel are dealt with easily, while the Shogun can even wade through water up to 700mm deep.
Another plus point is the amount of equipment you get. Entry-level models still have kit like climate control and cruise control, while higher-spec models feature things like a reversing camera and touchscreen sat nav.
There's loads of space inside, too. If you choose the long-wheelbase version with five doors, there's a cavernous boot and plenty of room for seven people in total. This is our pick of the range, even if its automatic gearbox further hampers the car's below-average fuel economy.
If all you need is space and excellent off-road ability, then the Shogun makes a lot of sense, because its simple design means it's cheaper than most of its rivals.
It’s hard to justify the very expensive running costs of the Mitsubishi Shogun
The Mitsubishi Shogun offers go-anywhere dependability, but a pretty rough driving experience on the road
The Mitsubishi Shogun falls well behind rivals for comfort but at least there’s a lot of standard equipment
The long-wheelbase version of the Mitsubishi Shogun has acres of space
The Mitsubishi Shogun is as tough as a Tonka truck, but it isn’t the safest 4x4 out there