The Mitsubishi Shogun is a tough looking 4×4 that is at home in the mud. It gets reasonable reviews, critics like the excellent off-road ability, but say it’s just not good enough on the road.

The interior of the Mitsubishi Shogun “lacks nothing” apparently, and is sturdy and well built rather than at the cutting edge of interior design. That’s OK, though, as the Shogun is a no-nonsense off-roader at heart, and the interior reflects this; it “smacks of old school robustness.”

The LWB model has three rows of seats, so that you can take six others with you when you go on safari. The boot is huge and if you fold the rear two rows of seats down then you’ll be able to fit a two-bedroom bungalow in there – almost!

The Mitsubishi Shogun is a big, heavy 4WD so you can’t expect to find that it handles like a BMW 5 Series. It is, however, better than you might imagine: “the ride comfort is fine; the handling is better”, according to one reviewer, although others have said that it can be a bit crude at times.

The selectable four-wheel drive transmission has low-range and electronic wizardry, making it a stump-puller when the road runs out and the wilderness steps in; few cars will travel further when the conditions deteriorate.

There is only one engine available in the showrooms for the updated 2012 Mitsubishi Shogun – and it’s not that good, I’m afraid. One said “it has gone from occupying a different solar system to merely being from a less advanced region of the same planet” when he compared it to its rivals, although others were kinder, and wrote “

The Mitsubishi Shogun develops 197bhp and 325lb/ft of torque, giving it adequate performance, hitting 62mph in 12.9 seconds and a top speed of 110mph. Fuel consumption is likely to be around 20-25mpg, although Mitsubishi claim that 33.2mpg is possible. CO2 emissions are 224g/km.

Value for money
The short-wheel base version of the Mitsubishi Shogun is cheaper but is, in the view of most motoring journalists, pretty useless. If you’re going to buy a big 4WD then it might as well be a big 4WD that has enough space in it to be useful.

Other than that it’s cheaper than most of its rivals and has a decent amount of equipment fitted too, so you won’t be spending a fortune by having to tick dozens of option boxes.

Worth noting
If you have a need to tow big, heavy things then the Shogun is the car for you; it can tow a massive 3,300kgs!

The Mitsubishi Shogun is unstoppable off-road – but it isn’t that great on the tarmac. Newer cars such as the Land Rover Discovery are far better on the road and match it off road too.

However, journalists comment on the “agricultural honesty” of the Shogun, with one saying that “I’m absolutely hooked”. Our advice is to go and drive one; find out if you’re a Shogun kind of person too!