The Mitsubishi Shogun is a very easy vehicle to drive once you get used to its size.
Ease of Use
The Mitsubishi Shogun is a very easy vehicle to drive once you get used to its size. Visibility is good all round with large windows and wing mirrors enabling very clear side visibility, particularly important for such a high sided vehicle. Around town the automatic transmission is relaxing and parking is relatively easy aided by the light power steering and tight turning circle although reversing sensors and/or a rear view camera would be beneficial. Reversing sensors - small ultrasonic 'eyes' fitted in the rear bumper are available as an option. You do have to consider the Shogun's height as this may restrict you from some car parks. The elevated driving position allows for a commanding view of the road ahead and you can even see over other vehicles which is especially useful at road junctions. Another consideration are cyclists and pedestrians which are generally below your line of vision.
The Shogun is particularly suited to Motorway driving as it is a great cruiser especially when coupled to an automatic transmission. Overtaking is effortless and the standard cruise control was especially welcome saving fuel and driver fatigue.
The dashboard is ergonomically laid out incorporating simple and functional switchgear. For 2004 'Smartnav' navigation system is fitted as standard on the long wheel base Shogun Warrior. This system can not only guide you to your destination but using up-to-date traffic information can devise a route avoiding congested areas. Our test vehicle also featured optional DVD Satellite Navigation which was particularly easy to operate guiding you via the most direct route to your destination with both visual and audible instructions.
On a practical level the Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior incorporates numerous storage solutions including an illuminated double glove box featuring an upper glove box and a large lockable lower glove box, upper and lower console boxes, a large floor console box between the driver and passenger seat, large door bins, stowage pocket in tailgate trim and front seat back rest pockets.
Entering and exiting the Shogun couldn't be easier with the help of the standard illuminated side steps. The 5-door Shogun also accommodates seven people and was the first off-road vehicle to offer seven seats as standard all of which are equipped with adjustable head restraints. The third row seats can also be folded down in an under floor compartment or even removed altogether. The second row seats have a 60:40 split and by tumbling or folding forward the smaller seat it frees up extra cargo space maintaining seating capacity for 4 people.
Importantly the boot has a retractable luggage cover and a light.
Mitsubishi Shogun Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-D Warrior|
|Body Type||5-Door Long Wheel Base|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||106 mph|
|Transmission||5-speed automatic with INVECS-II electronic control|
Sports Mode, clutchless manual shift facility and shift interlock
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||32.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||N/A|
|Warranty|| 3-year unlimited mileage warranty|
6-year anti-corrosion perforation warranty
3-year pan-European breakdown and recovery service
|Price (when tested on the 18/11/04)||£31,499.00 OTR|