Review: Mitsubishi Shogun (2007 – 2019)

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A rugged hard-worker that can tow heavy loads without breaking sweat and conquer terrain that would faze nearly all of its rivals. A lot of car for the money.

Land Rover Discovery runs rings around it on the road for refinement and handling. Back seats of seven-seat LWB models are cramped.

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Mitsubishi Shogun (2007 – 2019): At A Glance

This Mitsubishi Shogun may have been new for 2007 but it's based on a design that goes back to 1999, albeit much improved. It has a new body but the familiar shape remains as do the Shogun's strengths. It's still strong and robust, backing up Mitsubishi's reputation for build quality. It's certainly no 'soft roader' with a very old school approach to what a 4x4 should be.

Not only is it a solid vehicle but it's also very capable at doing what a 4x4 should be able to do - covering off road terrain.

The Shogun is aimed at those who need a true off road vehicle with a strong 3.2-litre diesel engine, short overhangs and good all round visibility. It also gets a centre differential lock and a low range transfer box for extreme conditions. Even on challenging off road tracks the Shogun feels unstoppable.

It's not as impressive on the road however with quite wallowy handling in corners and slow steering. It lacks refinement too with plenty of engine noise and a lot of wind noise at speed. That said it does have decent performance and is a surprisngly comfortable motorway cruiser while the five-speed automatic gearbox that most models get as standard makes the most of the engine's torque.

It's a practical 4x4 with both three and five-door models offered. The long wheelbase five-door model is the one most people go for and usefully it comes with seven seats with extra rear seats than fold into the floor, although they're really only good for younger children with limited space.

The Shogun certainly represents good value with starting prices of around £33,000 for five-door models, cheaper than rival 4x4s such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Volvo XC90. It also comes well equipped with all models getting climate control, heated front seats and 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Mitsubishi Shogun 2007 Road Test

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Mitsubishi Shogun (2007 – 2019): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4315–4900 mm
Width 1875–1895 mm
Height 1870–1900 mm
Wheelbase 2545–2780 mm

Full specifications

The interior of the Shogun is starting to show its age now and while it all feels well screwed together and hard wearing the design is nothing to write home about. There are some cheap-feeling plastics in areas too while the fake wood trim does it few favours either.

On the plus side the tall design means plenty of headroom and it feels very spacious inside, helped by the big windows.

There's no reach adjustment on the steering but the raised driving position means that's not too much of an issue. There's good room for those behind with plenty of space all round but the same can't be said of the extra seats which make the Shogun a seven seater.

Unlike a Land Rover Discovery there's no foot room under the seats in front so they're really a kids only area. Fortunately they do cleverely fold away into the boot floor, Mitsubishi calls it 'Hide and Seat', which means you don't lose any boot space.

The boot itself is big with 663 litres (with the third row of seats folded down) and no load lip but the Shogun does still have the side hinged rear door which is a pain in tight parking spaces. You have to remember not to reverse park in the supermarket and if you're on a slope the door has a habit of swinging shut - and it's not light.

Most models, with the exception of the entry-level Equippe, come with a new infotainment unit with a touchscreen display. It's looks a bit like an aftermarket unit but is in fact a Mitsubishi system and it works well with full postcode satellite navigation and a music hard drive server so you can download CDs onto it.

Standard equipment:

Equippe (renamed SG2 from 2012) comes with AWC All Wheel Control four-wheel drivetrain, automatic air-conditioning, twin front, side and curtain airbags, heated front seats, a six speaker CD sound system, ASTC Active Stability and Traction Control, two rear-seat Isofix mounting points, central locking, multi-function leather covered steering wheel, ‘Fold2Hide’ third row of seats on five-door models, electronic compass, barometer and altimeter, split folding rear seat, electric windows and mirrors, silvered metal-finished roof rails and side steps, 18- inch alloy wheels, colour-keyed exterior including the rear wheel cover, mirrors and door handles.

Warrior adds an infotainment unit with a touchscreen, full postcode sat nav  rear parking camera, Bluetooth, leather seats, privacy glass, rear spoiler, front fog lights, chrome accented mirrors, door handles and headlight surrounds, plus unique black or silver paintwork.

Elegance (renamed SG3 from 2012) gets a twelve-speaker 860W Rockford Fosgate Premium Sound System, powered sunroof, high intensity discharge headlights with washers and rear air conditioning.

Diamond (renamed SG4 from 2012) models have 20-inch alloy wheels, a sports grille, titanium accented mirrors, door handles and headlight surrounds plus a rear DVD headrest system.

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What's the Mitsubishi Shogun (2007 – 2019) like to drive?

There's just one engine in the Shogun, a four-cylinder 3.2-litre DiD common rail diesel which comes with either a five-speed manual or an automatic gearbox in high specification models. Originally it developed 170PS and 373Nm of torque but when the Shogun was revised for 2010 it was improved and now has 200PS and a very impressive 441Nm of torque.

The engine is far from quiet and sounds pretty agricultural on start up but on the move it's not too intrusive. It performs well too and with the five-speed automatic gearbox it's surprisingly responsive, helped by fast gear changes plus you don't have to force it to kick down. It certainly pulls well in gear, helped by the considerable torque, although it does start to clatter at high revs.

The Shogun gets a straightforward transfer box with 2WD, 4WD, 4WD with locked central differential and 4WD low range so it's able to handle pretty much anything. If you're going to be tackling extreme terrain there's also a locking rear differential available as an optional extra.

It makes an ideal towing car too with the long wheelbase version able to pull a braked trailer up to 3500kg (3300kg prior to the 2010 facelift). With a wading depth of 700mm, well thought out approach and departure angles plus a deliberately sloping front bonnet to give the driver a better view over crests, it's clear this is a proper off-road car.

While it's very good off road it's not so impressive on tarmac. The slow steering means you can't tackle corners with too much enthusiasm but that said it never feels too cumbersome or heavy. You never forget how big it is though. It's surprisingly good on the motorway too where it will happily cruise along at 70mph in comfort. The ride is a touch bouncy which you'd expect on a car like this, but overall it's comfortable.

Economy is pretty good for such a big vehicle. The five-door weighs more than 2200kg but facelifted models from 2010 still manage a claimed 33.2mpg with the automatic gearbox (it's 26.7mpg for models before that). Emissions also came down with the 2010 improvements with the long wheelbase model now emitting 224g/km compared to 280g/km before. Impressive improvements.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
3.2 DI-D 3dr 30 mpg 11.5 s 251 g/km
3.2 DI-D 5dr 30 mpg 12.0 s 251 g/km
3.2 DI-DC 3dr 31–36 mpg 9.7–11.7 s 207–244 g/km
3.2 DI-DC 3dr Automatic 31–34 mpg 10.4 s 216–238 g/km
3.2 DI-DC 5dr 30–36 mpg 10.5–11.1 s 206–245 g/km
3.2 DI-DC 5dr Automatic 30–34 mpg 11.1 s 216–245 g/km

Real MPG average for a Mitsubishi Shogun (2007 – 2019)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

83%

Real MPG

13–32 mpg

MPGs submitted

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What 4x4 is best to replace our Mitsubishi L200?

We have £15,000 to replace our 2008 Mitsubishi L200. We need four wheel drive, an integral boot rather than truck body, seven seats, reliability and plenty of rugged boot space. My husband would love a Land Rover Discovery but i’m not keen in terms of reliability. What do you suggest?
I think you're right to avoid the Discovery on reliability grounds. A Mitsubishi Shogun would be a good choice - they're reliable and make an excellent workhorse, but they feel very old-fashioned - especially compared to a Discovery of the same era. The Kia Sorento might be worth looking at. They're practical and your budget will get you one still inside its original warranty. Also consider a Volvo XC90, but do your research first.
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