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Mitsubishi Shogun SUV (2007-2019) - Interior & comfort

The Mitsubishi Shogun falls well behind rivals for comfort but at least there’s a lot of standard equipment

When compared to its main rivals, the Mitsubishi is simply outclassed for comfort. As an old-style SUV focused on off-road ability, it makes little effort to suppress tyre, wind and engine noise. The Mitsubishi's only saving grace is that its six-speaker stereo system is loud enough to drown it all out.

The seats are firm but too flat, with insufficient bolstering to be properly supportive, while the heating and ventilation system is only average. The steering wheel doesn't adjust for reach, either, which means many drivers will struggle to get completely comfortable. The dials in the instrument cluster are clear, though and the handy trip-computer screen displays important information.

Mitsubishi Shogun dashboard

Simple and utilitarian are probably the best words to describe the dashboard of the Shogun. The interior materials won’t excite Land Rover fans, as there’s some cheap-feeling plastics peppered around the dashboard, but overall it’s similar to the Toyota Land Cruiser for quality and design. Go for a Range Rover or a more up-to-date (but less off-road-capable) SUV like the Range Rover Evoque if you want a more luxurious dashboard.

Equipment

Even the entry-level SG2 model is pretty well equipped, coming with air-conditioning, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, cruise control, a leather steering wheel and a six-speaker stereo system with Bluetooth phone and music connectivity. Higher-spec trims add equipment like a reversing camera, touchscreen sat nav and DAB radio. The long-wheelbase version features a rear-seat entertainment system, too.

Options

The Mitsubishi Shogun’s options list is very sparse, as its high level of standard equipment means there isn’t much need for extras. Mitsubishi does offer a range of accessories, including practical options like a tow bar and custom roof racks for sports equipment like kayaks, bikes, skis and snowboards. You can also specify individual interior and exterior trim upgrades, like metal pedals and titanium door-mirror covers. Entry-level cars do without rear parking sensors, but given the Shogun’s size, it’s well worth spending £300 to have these fitted. The only other item that can be added when ordering is metallic paint.

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