This seven-seater SUV is a safe, comfortable ride for the whole family (especially if you love a bit of off-roading).
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The Shogun Sport combines comfort and luxury on the road with excellent performance off the beaten track. It also has a bold, imposing kerbside presence and a spacious seven-seat cabin.
The 4×4 is powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel lump that’ll haul the Shogun from zero to 62mph in 11 seconds. The 181PS engine also ensures the SUV is capable of getting to 112mph. But, let’s face it, you won’t be doing that speed in the UK, and you won’t be buying the Shogun Sport for its rubber-burning potential.
The chances are you’ll use the SUV to transport your sizable family around in comfort – and you’ll be grateful for its traction if the need for going off-road arises.
Its eight-speed automatic gearbox makes light work of things, especially in town or when joining traffic on a motorway. In four-wheel-drive mode, the transmission is just as agreeable. Indeed, the Mitsubishi delivers a splendid driving experience regardless of the terrain it’s on.
The SUV’s ride and handling make even the most mundane drive a pleasure. There’s a reason for this – the Shogun Sport’s suspension ensures accurate chassis control and cuts body roll in corners. There’s also a quick steering rack that enhances responsiveness.
In addition to the Mitsubishi’s sharp dynamics, there’s a high level of refinement on offer. Large amounts of sound-absorbing materials have been used to ensure road noise is kept out of the cabin. As well as that, leather upholstery, multi-layered cushioning and electrically adjustable seats make the interior genuinely plush.
On the practical front, the Shogun’s second row of seats can be tilted back for comfort and toppled forward to boost space and increase practicality. What’s more, two extra chairs can be raised from the boot floor for smaller passengers or tucked away when they’re not needed.
The Sport offers 502 litres of cargo capacity space in five-seat configuration, which rises to 1,488 litres with the main rear seats folded.
The Japanese SUV also benefits from the latest safety technology. Occupants are protected by a reinforced body that consists of an energy-absorbing chassis frame. Advanced safety technologies complement this, on top of seven airbags that are fitted as standard.
So, if you’re after a vehicle with seven seats that’ll get you places safely and in comfort, then the Shogun Sport is worthy of consideration.
It’s especially worth it if you live in the countryside – that’s when the 4×4 talents of the Mitsubishi might well pay off. If you want something a little cheaper, though, then a Nissan X-Trail should be added to your list of SUVs to test-drive. There are plenty of them out there, especially on the used Nissan car market.
Fast Facts – Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 4 Diesel Auto 4WD as tested:
- Max speed: 112mph
- 0-62 mph: 11.0 seconds
- Combined mpg: 32.8
- Engine layout: 2,442cc, four-cylinder turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 181
- CO2: 227g/km
- Price: £37,975