I spent one week testing the Mitsubishi Shogun. I tested the 4×4 in a range of environments and learnt a lot about the car.
Snow Ready – Super Capable
It’s not often that we get a cold snap and a significant amount of snow in the UK. And like any motoring journalist worth their salt, I thought it would be wrong not to try it out off road in the extremes of winter.
Despite using 4 wheel drive and winter tyres, the Shogun performed remarkably well. As you can see below, the vehicle was able to negotiate a snowfall. Even though I was driving the car badly at times, just to see if I could get it stuck, it just kept on going. The Shogun was designed to cope with extreme conditions.
Designed For Exploration
The Mitsubishi Shogun does look and feel a bit old school compared to some of its competitors, but the element that shines through is its taste for adventure.
This model is practical in every way, but there is more to it than that. It feels both unstoppable and reliable which is just what you want when things get tricky. As shown below, I drove the Shogun on secluded icy roads and I had to put a lot of faith in it to make sure I got out safely.
Seven Seats, Large Boot and Plenty of Room
The interior of the long wheelbase Mitsubishi Shogun is massive. This one includes seven seats with an additional two in the boot facing backward. The boot is accessed through the side opening rear tailgate. This gives lots of room for people or products in the boot.
There is plenty of passenger space in the front and mid tiers with lots of head and legroom. Perfect for a trip with fully grown adults. I’m pretty sure you could seat four grizzly bears in here if you had to.
Cross Country Classic
As the snow melted, I was able to test some common terrain. The thick, muddy English countryside was no match for the Shogun. The car is a natural off-road vehicle.
The Mitsubishi Shogun makes for a smooth journey despite uneven ground. The A-pillar based grab rails make it easier to steady yourself.
Premium Sound System
I enjoy listening to music in cars and I can be a bit picky when it comes to sound systems. The Shogun incorporates the Rockford Acoustic Design premium sound system with an extra subwoofer in the boot. I was able to listen to podcasts and music playing at full blast on Spotify. The stable sound quality and all around volume made for a good listen.
A big point for the Mitsubishi Shogun is the double gear levers in the middle. The right-hand side lever is the typical automatic gear stick.
The left-hand side lever takes the drivetrain from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive. It then has options to lock the diff and go into low range. These functions are very helpful when driving on a low traction surface or when towing heavy items.
Mitsubishi Shogun LWB SG3 Summary
The Mitsubishi Shogun LWB SG3 testing coincided with extreme weather conditions that showed the car in a completely different light. I was able to experience first hand the impressive mechanical traction the model comes with and witness the benefits in person.