Shogun Sport 4 Diesel Auto 4WD
tackling tough terrain, laughing
in the face of rogue climate-change
weather, towing seriously heavy gear
or needing six or seven seats, then
Shogun Sport could be
your perfect partner...
MITSUBISHI'S NEW OFF-ROAD flagship, the Shogun Sport, has been produced
for those who need authentic off-road performance and all-terrain surefootedness.
And with eighty years' of 4WD know-how under its belt, the Japanese company
knows exactly how to come out on top in the worst conditions.
Which is why they've equipped their Shogun Sport with the best hardware to cope
including a tough and durable chassis, a four-wheel drive system with a locking
centre differential, high and low ratio gear sets, a terrain control system
that, at the touch of a button, offers four bespoke off-road driving modes (Gravel,
Mud/Snow, Sand, and Rock), a driver-activated rear diff lock, a boulder-clearing
ground clearance of 218mm, and a 700mm wading ability. It that lot can't get
you through the rough stuff, nothing will!
its heavy-duty hardware might sound very square-jawed, it's all well hidden
under a boldly sculpted, full-fat SUV body with chunky squared-off wheelarches
(note the generous clearance around the 18-inch diamond-cut and gloss black
alloy wheels to accommodate wheel travel off-road) and contoured flanks underscored
by practical side steps. Don't think workhorse think warhorse.
hardware spec might
sound very square-jawed,
its all well hidden
under a boldly sculpted,
full-fat SUV body
with chunky squared-off
wheelarches (note the
around the 18-inch
diamond-cut and gloss
black alloy wheels to
and contoured flanks
underscored by practical
Dont think workhorse
The sharply-hewn front-end (designed, incidentally, not just to grab attention
but also to reduce water splash-over when wading) with its curvy chrome grille
bars and combined LED headlamp-and-daytime running light clusters give it enough
in the looks department to appeal equally to the school-run brigade alongside
seven-seaters from the likes of the Land Rover stable. However, follow a Shogun
Sport and you'll instantly identify it by its equally striking vertical design
But just because it will plug-the-mud doesn't mean it has to be Mad Max utilitarian
on the inside. And it's not. Swing open the driver's door and get yourself up
into the elevated cabin (there's a sturdy 'grab' on the A-pillar door frame
should you need it). Headroom is extremely generous (two fists' of it), shoulder
and elbow room is equally good, there are acres of black leather, and the large
front chairs are 2-stage heated and power operated.
The ergonomics are clear and silver trim spreads some glitter round the 'cockpit'
style interior that's created by a dash that flows into the centre stack and
high central tunnel combined with deep, well-padded seats with comfortably plump
bolstering. But it all works well to deliver A1 visibility from the helm that
makes placing this 4.8-metre 4x4 a breeze even along narrow country roads and
off-road. The big powerfolding door mirrors are welcome too.
The trad-look chrome-rimmed dials are easy-to-read and the 2-zone climate controls
foolproof. The wheel is a multifunction four-spoker with a nicely grippy rim
and paddle-shifters. Down to your left and close to hand on the wide central
tunnel is a short and sturdy selector lever for the autobox; switches for the
hill descent and wading mode are a finger's stretch away, as too is the rotary
knob for the all-wheel drive. Big siamesed cupholders are, of course, also nearby.
In a big car you expect los of places for stowing your personal bits and bobs;
and in the Shogun you get plenty of in-cabin storage including large bottle-holding
door bins, a drop-down overhead glasses case, slim pockets both sides of the
transmission tunnel, a good-sized lockable glovebox, and a large storage bin
under the wide central front armrest.
addition to the leather interior, seven seats and 2-zone climate control, you
get keyless entry with push-button engine start, rear air-conditioning, front
and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree around-view camera system for a bird's-eye
view and easy-peasy parking, privacy glass, automatic lights and wipes, electronic
handbrake, four electric windows (the driver gets one-shot up/down op) auto-dimming
rearview mirror, powerfolding doors mirrors (on-demand and automatically when
locking and leaving), and speed sensing automatic door-locking.
users prefer using their
own navigation apps
so some carmakers now
no longer offer a built-in
SatNav. The Shogun
has gone down this route
and fits its Smartphone
Link Display Audio
instead of an integrated
SatNav. Not a problem
as this supports Apple
CarPlay and Android
Auto for those who wish
to link-in and light-up a
nav app such as Waze
to receive traffic-
There's also plenty of safety tech including seven airbags (front and side,
side curtain, and a driver's knee bag), Forward Collision Mitigation with autonomous
braking, Blind Spot Warning, Active Stability and Traction Control, Off-road
Terrain Control System with Hill Descent Control, Trailer Stability Assist,
Hill Start Assist, LED headlights with auto-levelling and LED daytime running
lights, and headlamp washers.
Some smartphone-savvy drivers prefer using their own navigation apps so some
carmakers now no longer offer a built-in SatNav. The Shogun has gone down this
route and fits its Smartphone Link Display Audio infotainment system instead
of an integrated SatNav. Not a problem as this supports Apple CarPlay and Android
Auto for those who wish to link-in and light-up a nav app such as Waze
to receive traffic-optimised directions (there's accompanying voice control
too) as well as to make calls, access text messages, and listen to music.
The infotainment package also brings Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming,
a DAB radio, and a Mitsubishi Power Sound System with additional tweeters and
a 510W amplifier. The new 'must-haves' fast-charging USB ports
are also dotted around in the front and rear.
Seating for up to seven means three rows. The middle one gets the lion's share
of the room and offers masses of leg- and knee-room; more than enough to jiggle
those pins. And thanks to just a blip of a tunnel hump in the floor, passengers
occupying the centre spot won't be straddling anything so lots of room for feet
too. The wide drop-down centre armrest features the de-rigueur cupholders (individual
pop-out items) plus there are overhead air vents, a pair of fast-charge USBs,
roomy seatback pouches, entry 'grabs' on the B-pillars, and privacy glass. The
nicely plumped seats are also set higher than those in front so good views out
both forwards and through the large side glazing.
The 60:40-split seats can be folded down or tumbled forward to increase cargo
capacity, or tilted-and-slid to access to the third row (after which they return
smoothly to their original setting). Another big plus: the second row's backrests
can be individually reclined through 45- and 90-degrees.
usual, kids seem to love travelling in the third row even if they don't have
to. Go figure! Actually, even adults can fit in the Shogun's third row which
offers fairly respectable accommodation. The two individual seat bases are angled
up for better comfort and there's surprisingly good knee-room and air between
heads and the roof lining. And yes, a couple of grown-ups can be shuttled around
without sparking a mutiny. Cupholders and overhead air vents are provided plus,
especially welcome if you have kids aboard, is a seatbelt-on warning that shows
if somebody's not buckled-up.
as it needs to,
given that crossing
wilder terrain in some
4x4s can be like riding
a bucking bronco.
Well plumped seats help
absorb the worst and
the Sport manages to be
in the rough.
On blacktop, body lean
is well managed and you
can barrel along
without unsettling your
The Shogun rides well as it needs to, given that crossing wilder terrain
in some 4x4s can be like riding a bucking bronco. Well plumped seats help absorb
the worst and the Sport manages to be surprisingly civilised in the rough. On
blacktop, body lean is well managed, particularly for a SUV with a high centre
of gravity, and you can barrel along without unsettling your passengers. No
worries in corners and through the twisties either.
The power steering serves up lighter steering at lower speeds so in urban areas
you don't need Popeye-arms to park pretty; you'll also be glad of a tighter
turning circle than is the norm for big SUVs like these. Stopping, progressively
and without drama, is never a problem thanks to meaty ventilated discs front
Selected with a twist of the dial located on the centre console, the Shogun's
4WD system offers the choice of four transmission modes: 2H for normal driving
and with drive directed to the rear wheels only to favour the fuel consumption;
4H can be engaged on the fly at speeds of up to 62mph on all surfaces and sends
drive to all four wheels in a 40:60 front-to-rear torque split; 4HLc locks the
centre differential to provide optimum traction on snow-covered roads or high
drag surfaces such as sand; and 4LLc uses the lower ratio gear-set to maximise
traction (when still more grip is required the rear differential can be locked
via a dash button when in 4HLc and 4LLc modes).
There's also Hill Descent Control (maintains a constant speed of between 1 and
12mph when travelling down a steep or slippery gradient) plus a Terrain Control
System which offers four off-road driving modes, engaged at the touch of a button.
These are Gravel, Mud/Snow, Sand, and Rock. All are intended to maximise traction
in extreme situations. Extending its all-terrain capability further is a 218mm
ground clearance and Approach, Break-over and Departure angles respectively
of 30, 23.1 and 24.2 degrees. Deep fords (or flooded country lanes) can also
be confidently tackled courtesy of the Shogun's 700mm wading depth.
electrified powertrains are relentlessly pushing combustion engines aside, they're
still quite a long way from being over-run. For the present the Shogun is continuing
with oil-burners on the basis that only diesel can deliver the torque needed
to tow, ramble off-road or carry six passengers and their driver.
the front two rows
seating people, the boot
502 litres of luggage
thats more than
enough to pack a familys
Fold down all five
rearmost seats and the
resulting tall, long and
to 1,488 litres.
The Shogun Sport also
offers a notable towing
capacity of a braked
for seven-seater SUVs...
Consequently, under the bonnet sits a turboed 2.4-litre all-aluminium diesel
unit kicking out 178bhp and a muscular 317lb ft of torque. It's partnered with
an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission with a spread of closely-stacked
ratios. That's enough to zip up to motorway cruising speeds without really noticing
(top speed is 112mph; and zero to 62mph comes in at 11 seconds).
autobox shifts pretty fluently but if you want extra control and more immediate
responses you can select Sport Mode: do so and, using either the selector lever
or the column-mounted paddle-shifters, you can change gears as you wish for
punchier on-road performance, downhill engine braking, or a spot of purposeful
overtaking. Officially the Shogun will return 32.8mpg but despite some hard
driving our week's average came out at 34.9mpg very liveable given its
size, spec and capabilities.
With the front two rows seating people, the boot will accommodate 502 litres
of luggage that's more than enough to pack a family's holiday luggage.
Fold down all five rearmost seats and the resulting tall, long and completely
flat-floored loadbay stretches to 1,488 litres. For the record, with all seven
seats in place there's still some room (131 litres) plus an under-floor locker
easily accessible with seats six and seven in use. The Shogun Sport also offers
a notable towing capacity of a braked 3,100kg; top-of-the-class for seven-seater
SUVs. And it says a lot about its hauling abilities that nine out of ten Shogun
owners specify towbars.
As with all cars, the Shogun Sport tends to attract owners attuned to its core
skills set and who intend to make maximum use of them. So, if rugged
on the underside and shiny and granite-hewn on the outside is the mix for you,
you'll also be delighted with its abilities to carry six passengers, haul sizeable
loads (even off-road), face down floods and blizzards, and keep calm and carry
on far from the beaten track. Fit for purpose? You betcha! ~ MotorBar
Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 4 Diesel Auto 4WD
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 11 seconds | Test Average: 34.9mpg
Power: 178bhp | Torque: 317lb ft | CO2: 227g/km