SUVs may be all the rage these days, but there was once a time when a 4x4 was a workhorse first and foremost, with comfort a secondary consideration. One of the first to add a plusher spin on things at a relatively affordable price was the Mitsubishi Shogun, a car that was introduced in 1982. The Mitsubishi Shogun used to enjoy a massive market share thanks to the number of buyers seeking a robust, rugged but comfortable SUV without the Range Rover price tag. But the SUV scene has changed significantly since then and upmarket models sell in good numbers as an alternative to luxury cars.
Unlike rivals such as the Kia Sorento and the Ssangyong Rexton, the Shogun is available in two wheelbases with either a five or seven-seat arrangement. This makes it similar to other large SUVs like the Toyota Land Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler. As for engines, the Shogun is only available with a large 3.2-litre diesel unit coupled to an automatic gearbox. With all versions coming with selectable 4-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox, it’s no surprise to find that no Shogun is cheap - it is more expensive than a Kia Sorento in its 5-seater option, while the 7-seat variant is well over £2k more.
As for rivals, there is the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, or the SsangYong Rexton if you are in need of better off-road capabilities. Rugged, reliable and with a high towing capacity, the Shogun ticks all the boxes for a large SUV.
“Engineered for power and precision to give you all the grip and grunt you need, exactly when you need it. Shogun Sport will tackle any terrain, taking you wherever you want to go.”