Mitsubishi Shogun

The Mitsubishi Shogun has always been up there with the greats of the SUV World. Even the latest Shogun can have anything thrown at it, and still come out on top, not having even broken into a sweat. In Japan, the home of Mitsubishi, you’ll know it as the Pajero. However it’s taken on other names in different countries. In countries where Spanish is the first language, it’s known as the Montero – the reason being that “Pajero” in Spanish translates to a slang word beginning with ‘W’ and rhyming with ‘banker.’ But I’m English, so it’s the Shogun for me.

Mitsubishi Shogun

This is possibly the most rugged SUV on sale today, yet the exterior is beautifully designed. The refined styling oozes sophistication that I’d only expect with such German opponents as Mercedes and Volkswagen. The frame of the car is very bulky indeed and it’s also one of the tallest cars on sale today, (6’3″) making visibility from the cockpit excellent. Its great stature is however forgotten with its distinct lack of presence. It hasn’t been footballerised like a lot of Land Rover, BMW and Mercedes Benz products, so if one goes by, chances are you won’t notice it. I like that very much. We’ve talked a lot about inconspicuousness here at 0to60 with regards to the executive saloon, and we think it’s a brilliant trait.

The gargantuan size also results in a gargantuan and very well lit cabin. As well as the many huge windows, the Shogun comes as standard with a very large electric sunroof that can illuminate the entire front of the car, allowing the occupants to benefit from the many advantages of sunlight.

So, it’s pretty good looking, very subtle and bigger than most others cars on the road. But what about the interior? A tacky, boring and sordid place to sit? I don’t think so! The Mitsubishi has just about as much in it as is physically possible for a car of this size. Just to get across the sheer amount, here is a list of things that come as standard on the Diamond model:

Full Leather Seating and Trim, 30Gb HDD Satellite Navigation System, Dual Rear Seat Entertainment System, Reversing Camera, Bluetooth, Keyless Entry, Climate Control, Rear Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Heated Seats, Electric Sunroof, 860w Rockford Acoustic Design Premium Audio System, HID Headlights, Park Distance Control, Electric Folding Mirrors & 20″ Alloy Wheels.

Shogun Interior

So with all that information to take in, I’ll just top it off with a bit more and give you the specifications for the Diamond (top of the range) model:

Price: £39,999 OTR

Engine Size: 3.2l Diesel

Power/Torque: 197bhp

Top Speed: 111mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 11.1secs

CO2 Emissions: 216g/km

Fuel Economy: 34.4mpg

VED Band: K (£580)

The people at Mitsubishi have done a grand job decreasing the CO2 emissions of the car from 280g/km on the old model, to 216g/km on this. It’s still fairly expensive to tax, but not as much as a lot of German rivals. And, although the price may seem quite high, if you decide to buy a Shogun that’s a year old, its value will have gone down considerably, so you can pick one up for much closer to £30,000. And with all of those gadgets and gizmos inside, that’s an excellent price!

Doing its thing...

Another aspect I’d quickly like to praise about the Shogun is its excellent drivetrain system. The car has 3 settings:  2WD, best suited to driving on dry roads or motorways, whilst also achieving excellent fuel economy, 4WD, sending 30% of torque to the rear wheels and steadying the car on wet or slippery roads and uneven ground or 4WD Lock, sending 50% of the torque to the rear wheels, and allowing the car to go over anything. It’s easy to use. It works. It’s brilliant.

And so’s the car. It’s just as sturdy as any Range Rover, and dare I say, a bit more stylish. 10 out of 10.

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