Mitsubishi Shogun Sport SUV - Engines, drive & performance

Mitsubishi Shogun Sport is capable off-road but disappointing on it

Carbuyer Rating

2.8 out of 5

Mitsubishi has fitted a more sophisticated rear suspension setup to the Shogun Sport compared with the one in the L200 in the hope of making it better to drive and more comfortable. This has resulted in a smoother ride relative to the pickup, but it’s not particularly poised or settled generally. The steering is numb and it’s difficult to place the Shogun Sport accurately on the road.

While it’s a big, heavy car that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to offer much in the way of driver engagement, it’s still worth pointing out that the ‘Sport’ in Shogun Sport is definitely a misnomer. It’s only off-road where the car feels capable and truly competent.

Mitsubishi Shogun Sport diesel engine

The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport uses a turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that supplies 179bhp and gets the car from 0-62mph in 11 seconds. It’s the same engine used in the Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck, and it shows; it’s fairly unrefined and feels a little agricultural in the Sport.

At least a new the eight-speed automatic gearbox is a lot smoother than the engine. It sends power to the rear wheels to save fuel, but can send it to all four when the terrain demands it. The Shogun Sport can also be put into a low-range setting, with locking central and rear differentials for enhanced off-road performance.

Off-road is where the Shogun Sport feels most capable; the car’s equipped with a terrain selector system with modes for loose gravel, snow and mud, sandy and rocky surfaces. Wading depth is a useful 700mm, too. This aspect of the Shogun Sport’s performance is a good thing if you plan on off-roading or using the car in muddy fields frequently, but less so if, like most SUVs, the car will be used on the road most of the time.

Most Popular

New Volkswagen Passat set to launch in 2023
2023 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat
9 Sep 2021

New Volkswagen Passat set to launch in 2023

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

Ford Focus Active hatchback review
Ford Focus Active hatchback
Ford Focus Active hatchback
16 Sep 2021

Ford Focus Active hatchback review

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks