Could the search for the perfect family 4x4 be over?
Will It Suit Me?
Women love the idea of driving a 4x4. The elevated seating position gives them added security and a 'king-of-the-road' attitude. If you are looking for the perfect family 4x4 that acts like an off-roader but can deal with the everyday hustle and bustle, then look no further than the latest Mitsubishi Shogun. It slots neatly into the comprehensive line-up of 4x4 vehicles currently being offered by Mitsubishi. The range includes authentic off-roaders like the L200 and the Shogun Sport as well as plush crossover models like the Outlander. The latest Shogun is positioned at the top of the company's 4x4 tree, going up against large 4x4 rivals, the most notable of which being the Landrover Discovery.
Like its predecessors, this Shogun has the ability to access remote locations with a family and their camping gear safely stowed inside. At the same time, it's also adept on the school run, on the motorway and in the supermarket car park - the places where real people are most likely to use it.
Behind the Wheel
The Shogun is a comfortable cruiser, which takes to winding country roads with a level of composure not normally associated with 4x4 vehicles. In 3.2-litre diesel form, it goes from 0-60 in 12.2 seconds and can tow up to three tonnes. Three door short or five-door long wheelbase models are offered. Chassis rigidity has been improved by increasing the number of key spot welds on the monocoque, additional structural adhesives and a greater use of high tensile steel, while there has also been an increase in the amount of anti-corrosive zinc plating. It's properly big too, at least in long wheel base guise. This is 4.9m long, 1.9m wide and 1.9m high, so you'll need a garage with a fair amount of headroom, especially if you fit a roof box for ski trips. Mitsubishi's innovative 'Hide&Seat' system quickly converts the long wheelbase car from a five to a seven-seater with two seats that fold from a flat boot floor to create a third row complete with integrated head rests. As well as the option of three or five doors, Shogun buyers have the choice of a four model line-up - the familiar Equippe, Warrior and Elegance variants as well as a new luxury Diamond range-topper. As always, the Shogun comes packed with an array of standard safety and luxury equipment. All models come with ASTC active stability and traction control, alarm and keyless entry, climate control, twin front, side and curtain airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes backed up by EBD electronic brakeforce distribution and 17inch alloy wheels fitted as standard.
Value For Money
The list of standard features may be much longer but pricing for the Shogun remains tight, emphasising Mitsubishi Motors value-for-money policy. Prices range from £22,646 for the three-door Equippe model through to £34,696 for the five-door Diamond variant. This looks very good value when you pause to consider that some diesel Toyota RAV4s cost more than £27,000.
Could I Live With One?
The Mitsubishi Shogun is able to cope with any eventuality you may throw at it, making it one of the best family cars in the market. Its size makes it perfect for the school run and supermarket trips as well as the annual camping vacation. If you are in the market for a family car with go-anywhere capability, then this model still deserves a look.