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Mitsubishi Shogun Sport – picking a fight with the big boys

Review: The NEW Mitsubishi Shogun Sport

Once again Coniston Off-Road Centre and Midgely Motor Cars of Skipton teamed up to demonstrate to customers and enthusiasts alike what the new breed off-road vehicles can do when taken off the highway and into a series of off-road areas designed to find the strengths and weaknesses of each contender!

In this article, I would like to give you our views of the long-awaited Mitsubishi Shogun Sport – if we may. In truth, we were not sure what to expect with Mitsubishi’s answer to Land Rover’s ‘flagship’ off-road icon, the Land Rover Discovery 5. Putting on our non-bias hats we eventually came up with the conclusion that it was, and I quote, ‘bloody good’.

Other than the obvious differences, for example not having adjustable air suspension and certain trim options, the Shogun Sport performed brilliantly across a seriously varied spectrum of obstacles.

Put to the test…

Here at the Off-Road Centre, we have a set of rollers… and these rollers are the car equivalent of standing on a stage alone singing to a crowd of critics when you’re only used to performing shower karaoke – in short, there is nowhere to hide if you aren’t up to scratch. The Shogun has a selectable locking rear differential and that, as you would expect, does exactly what it says on the tin. Locking the read diff makes the challenge almost too easy as it walks up without any drama.

So, what happens when you unlock the diff and rely only on the traction control? Well after a moment of thinking the Shogun worked it out perfectly heading straight up without too much song and dance, making a lot of other cars look rather foolish.

But what does all of this mean? Well, to people like you and I, it means that if you’re ever caught in snow or ice, you can feel comforted that the Shogun Sport has the ability to get you home safe and sound, without having to be an off-roading expert. And that’s on-road tyres!

The Shogun didn’t just perform well on the slippy stuff either, across the whole range of obstacles we found ourselves more and more impressed at how it drove. The comfortable cab with a sensible layout and intuitive off-road mode selector made the whole experience rather fun. It feels ‘solid’ too, changing gear in manual select resembles a sort of ‘bolt action’ feel.

The main difference for me is the manual locking differential vs Land Rover’s ‘Active’ locking diff. You do need to know a little bit about what you’re doing if you don’t want to hear a ‘pop’ followed by a repair bill. But in truth, most people wouldn’t need to use it. It is nice to have and we cannot deny an automated locker is superior – but that does come with a price tag!

To summarise, we rather enjoyed putting this one through its paces. So much so, we decided to get one! So please don’t take our word for it. Come and have a drive, because I can promise you it will leave you looking incredulous at some of the things this car will do. And that’s all without discussing the cost compared to its other genuine competitors.

Come and compare for your self – match it against any vehicle in our comprehensive fleet with our new Signature Experience and I can assure you that you will be left thinking ‘I’d have one of them’.

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