Mitsubishi Shogun
Mitsubishi Shogun

When they are in use, luggage capacity is reduced to 215-litres loaded to the roof, which wouldn’t please the rearmost passengers. Fold the seats away and the capacity increases to 663-litres to the window-line and if the second row is tumble-folded against the front seat backs there are 1,069-litres available for more bulky items, and 1,790 to the roof.

The test car was the 5-door in top-of-the-range, Diamond trim, which offers luxury not generally associated with genuine off-road vehicles. That said, the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg are exceptions but the majority of owners are unlikely to venture too far from the tarmac. Besides, they are not in the same price bracket, if compared like for like. The Shogun’s nearest competitors are the Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Pathfinder.

The test car is priced at £35,449 but prices for the 3-door Equippe start at £22,999 and that buys keyless entry, a multi-functional steering wheel, the Hide&Seat system (5-door), electronic compass, barometer and altimeter, air-conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, silvered metal-finish roof rails, 17-inch alloys and a six speaker radio/CD/MP3 audio system.

The Warrior is less of a workhorse and this is where it starts getting interesting with the inclusion of Mitsubishi’s Multi-Communication System comprising Satellite-Navigation with touch-screen, a 30GB hard disc drive and music server. Other goodies are listed as the reversing camera, leather seats with power adjustment and heating for those in the front, 18-inch alloys, front fogs and a rear spoiler, amongst other things.

Elegance and Diamond are expected to be the best-sellers, which is not surprising considering the specification; rear air-conditioning, a 12-speaker, 860W, Rockford Fosgate Premium Sound system, neither of which are fitted in the 3-door version, unfortunately, but the electric sunroof and rear parking sensors are. Diamond cars have the huge, 20-inch alloys, a sports grille and titanium effects to the mirrors, door handles and headlight surrounds.

I was impressed with the feel of the interior, particularly the driver’s environment. There is nothing complicated about the position or function of the controls and even the gear shift and range selector, set into a large silvered panel over the broad, central tunnel, gives the impression of quality, lacking in some others of this ilk. I like what they’ve done with the place, from the comfy seats, front and back to all the mod-cons on most people’s wish-list.

When it comes to engines choices, there are none. It doesn’t matter which shape and size of Shogun is chosen, under the bonnet will be a 3.2-litre Di-D, diesel engine. This unit has been extensively revised with a new common-rail system for better performance and economy. It’s also a little quieter than before but only by 4 decibels.

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