Shogun Sport 4 4WD Auto
earned a five-star reputation
for its all-terrain toughness and
reliability, so is their new off-road
the seven-seater Shogun
HEADING UP A PACK OF DUAL-PURPOSE Mitsubishis (that includes compact crossovers)
the Shogun Sport is the Japanese brand's latest full-size SUV. And when it comes
to both off-road ability and lifestyle versatility the Sport is the biz: not
only can it accommodate six passengers and a driver but it can haul a braked
3,100kg and confidently tackle all types of tricky terrain.
Distinctively styled with slinky LED headlights and strong visual 'zig-zag'
chrome detailing around the grille, boldly extruded angular wheelarches, sharply
contoured flanks with side steps and eye-catchingly 'inverted' rear LED headlamp/DRL
clusters and finished off with 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels with contrasting
black gloss elements, the Shogun Sport's 4.8-metre bodyshell is intended to
exude a more dramatic image than the 'ordinary' five-seater Shogun it supersedes.
you like the cut of its jib, choosing what goes under the Sport's bonnet is
a no-brainer because there's just the one engine available a gutsy 178bhp
2.4-litre all-aluminium turbodiesel; but it's a good one given the muscular
317lb ft of torque it brings to the party. Despite the government's anti-diesel
stance (definitely a case of throwing out the baby with the bathwater), diesel
still delivers the torque essential for effortless towing and off-roading (and,
of course, for hauling around a full complement of passengers).
you like the cut of its
jib, choosing what goes
under the Sports bonnet
is a no-brainer because
theres just the one
a gutsy 178bhp 2.4-litre
turbodiesel; but its
a good one given
the muscular 317lb ft of
torque it brings to
Mitsubishi has chosen to partner the 2.4 turbodiesel with their new (and exclusive
to the Shogun Sport) eight-speed automatic transmission. And while the official
Combined Cycle figure is listed at 32.8mpg, our test average came out at a very
liveable 37.8mpg impressive for a large, sturdily built, 4x4 automatic.
Left in auto, the eight-speed autobox is fine but you also have the option of
using the column-mounted paddle-shifters behind the wheel or the shift lever
to change gear manually whenever you wish (for downhill engine braking or overtaking)
either temporarily in Drive or more assertively in Sport Mode manual override.
Do either and the gearshifts are positive and immediate. The 2.4 powerplant
delivers more than enough oomph and the Sport zips along keenly.
The autobox also benefits from an advanced adaptive control that lets it apply
the optimum gearing for different driving situations: Uphill Control (also useful
for towing); Downhill Control (to exploit engine braking); Throttle Release
Control (upshifting is temporarily prevented when the accelerator pedal is released
to provide engine braking plus instant engine response once the throttle is
re-applied); and Rapid Kick-down Control.
Swing open a door (front or rear) and you'll find sturdy pillar-mounted grab
handles that make it easier to climb aboard; although most people probably won't
need them, they're handy to have. The big electrically-adjustable leather-upholstered
front seats are both supportive and invitingly padded, and once seated you'll
enjoy clear views out.
The driver enjoys a commanding view of the road over the bonnet along with unrestricted
visibility all round which makes placing the Sport accurately a breeze; great
news on narrow country lanes but even better news when scrambling over rough
terrain. The leather-wrapped multifunction (adaptive cruise control, audio system,
360-degree camera, etc) steering wheel is good to hold and paddle shifters for
the automatic transmission are mounted on the steering column.
high and wide centre tunnel console flows up to meet the logically laid-out
dash's centrally-mounted seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, creating a cosy
twin cockpit ambiance. That noted, there's plenty of inner space to go around,
all made even more liveable by soft leather and piano black finishings.
driver enjoys a
commanding view of the
road over the bonnet
along with unrestricted
visibility all round
which makes placing the
Sport accurately a
breeze; great news on
narrow country lanes but
even better news when
DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming are, of course, standard-fit
items but you'll need your smartphone if you want directions because there's
no built-in SatNav instead you get Mitsubishi Motors' Smartphone Link
Display Audio infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
through which you can use voice control or the touchscreen to get traffic-optimised
navigation directions, make and receive calls, access text message, and listen
to music. Another thing that's different from most other UK market cars are
the Sport's column stalks: they're switched the indicator wand is on
the right; and that for the wipers is on the left. Not a problem you
'In-flight' storage is also well-specced with a real-world damped and lockable
glovebox, long bottle-friendly front door bins, two handy 'pockets' built in
either side of the central tunnel, plus dual-usage twin cupholders ahead of
the armrest (with a useful box beneath the nicely padded 'lid') between the
Kit on the range-topping '4' model is comprehensive with all the features of
the £37K entry-level '3' trim such 4WD, keyless locking (both front doors and
the tailgate) with push-button start, two-zone climate, reversing camera with
rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, electric front seats, touchscreen
infotainment system, LED headlamps, tail lights and daytime running lights,
electric handbrake, powerfolding door mirrors (on demand and automatically on
locking and leaving), four one-shot power windows, privacy glass, auto lights
and wipes, seven airbags (including front and side airbags, side curtain airbags
and one for the driver's knee), speed-sensing automatic door-locking, Active
Stability and Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Stability Assist,
and 18-inch alloys.
To the above the £2K dearer '4' adds heated front seats (two-stage), a 360-degree
around-view monitor system (uses four cameras at the front, rear and in the
side door mirrors to display a bird's-eye view of the vehicle's perimeter on
the touchscreen along with a guideline overlay for reversing), adaptive cruise
control, an upgraded sound system with additional tweeters and a 510W amplifier,
Forward Collision Mitigation with automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning,
and headlamp washers.
60:40-split middle row seats are also well padded, comfy and supportive and
there's decent foot, knee, and leg room along with a fist of headroom even for
taller passengers. A large centre armrest with built-in cupholders drops down
between two adults to ringfence their personal 'territory' reclining
backrests and long outer armrests add to the comfort.
seaters, the Sport
adults to its rearmost pair
of seats, where theyll
find reclining backrests,
decent knee room and
Dedicated roof level air
vents and armrests with
built-in cupholders help
keep it all civilised.
And kids just love sitting
Adding to the practicality on offer are large magazine pouches, bottle-holding
door bins, and dedicated roof air vents. For owners needing to fit child seats,
the outer rears have the necessary Isofix mountings.
Unlike some seven-seaters, the Shogun Sport genuinely welcomes adults to its
rearmost pair of seats, where they'll find reclining backrests, decent knee
room and no 'sardining'. Dedicated roof level air vents and armrests
with built-in cupholders help keep it all civilised. And kids just love sitting
The Sport rides surprisingly well given its first-class abilities in the rough;
there's a multi-link rear suspension set-up to enhance handling and ride, and
the dampers have been tuned for comfort. It's predictable and sure-footed on
the blacktop, with body lean effectively managed despite the high riding stance,
and a decent turning circle (just 11.2 metres impressive for a vehicle
of this size). Show it a motorway and the Sport will show you a composed and
relaxing gait that takes the strain out of very long trips.
To provide the toughness essential when venturing far from the beaten track,
the Sport makes use of a strong and sturdy body-on-frame construction similar
to that found on its stablemate, the L200 pick-up. And while Mitsubishi's Super
Select II all-wheel drive makes it unquestionably fit-for-purpose on-road during
the snow and ice that paralyses 2WD vehicles each winter, at heart the Shogun
Sport is an authentic off-roader.
The Sport's all-wheel drive can be manually engaged by twisting the rotary controller
close to the selector lever to either shunt all of the power to the back wheels
or to activate full-time four-wheel drive anytime on the fly, at speeds
of up to 62mph. The default 2H mode is for normal driving, with drive going
only to the back wheels to reduce fuel consumption and provide the best performance
and enjoyable rear-wheel drive handling. Selecting 4H on all surfaces sends
drive to all four wheels (split 40:60 front to rear), making it easy for drivers
to adapt to changing conditions on the move such as muddy roads or crosswinds
the ultimate off-road performance there are two more settings: 4HLc locks the
centre differential to provide optimum traction on snow-covered roads or high-drag
surfaces such as sand; 4LLc uses lower gears to maximize the levels of traction
that can be exploited. When still more traction is needed in either 4HLc or
4LLc the rear differential can be locked via a dashboard button.
wading depth is perfect
for tackling deep fords,
rain-lashed trails or
flooded country lanes
while its Terrain Control
system offers a choice
of four off-road driving
mode settings for
maximum traction in mud
and snow, gravel, rock,
very useful 'tool' is Terrain Control that, also at the touch of a button, gives
the driver a choice of four off-road driving mode settings that deliver maximum
traction in mud and snow, gravel, rock, and sand.
Also very important off-road is Hill Descent Control this maintains a
constant speed when travelling down a steep or slippery gradient by controlling
vehicle braking. The system operates between the range of 1 and 12mph and is
speed adjustable via the brakes or accelerator.
Then there's the 218mm ground clearance, accommodating suspension articulation
(which explains the marked clearance between the tops of the tyres and wheelarches),
30-degree approach, 23.1-degree breakover, and 24.2-degree departure angles,
and 700mm wading depth perfect for tackling deep fords, rain-lashed trails or
flooded country lanes (note that the Sport's front-end had been specifically
designed to limit water splash when fording) together add up to unfazed all-terrain
ability). All-in-all this new Shogun's all-terrain suite enables the Sport to
boldly go off-road.
With all five seats in the first two rows reserved for peeps and seats 6 and
7 folded away flat the boot is perfectly adequate, measuring 502 litres; but
fold all the seats in rows two and three and you'll end up with a 1,488-litre
loadbay. Admittedly, with seven seats in use there's not much room left over
for luggage 131 litres to be precise; however that's sufficient for several
squishy bags. Unexpectedly, beneath the rear boot floor there's a very useful
deep, full-width, multi-compartment tray.
Whatever your daily drive throws at you, the genuine seven-seat Shogun Sport
will take it all in its capable stride; whether its apocalyptic weather, heavy-duty
hauling or multiple-passengering, the multi-tasking Sport won't let you down.
Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 4 4WD Auto
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 11 seconds | Test Average: 37.8mpg
Power: 178bhp | Torque: 317lb ft | CO2: 227g/km