2013 Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 LWB – Ultra-Tough Off-Roader Still Proves its Worth

A full-on, ultra-tough 4×4, comfortable, good engine, incredible value for money

Interior and electronic gadgets behind rivals, 3rd row seats uncomfortable for adults

Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 LWB shown in an industrial area

Mitsubishi Shogun?

First available to buy in back in 1982, the Mitsubishi Shogun (Pajero or Montero in other countries) was a hit both on and off road. A Paris-Dakar race winner many times over, the Pajero also proved itself as a tough and super-reliable 4×4 for the everyday buyer, equipped with luxury items many cars wouldn’t see until later years.

So, I’ll be open and honest here – I love Mitsubishi Pajeros/Shoguns. I’ve had two, in fact – a 1995 Mk2 Pajero 2.8 TD LWB High Roof Wagon, and a 1994 Mk2 Pajero SWB 2.8 TD which is lifted with big tyres and other off-road treats. Why do I love them? Well, even a couple of decades ago the Pajero had stuff like air conditioning, lumbar support in the seats, with side bolsters that could be adjusted for better support when off-roading.

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The 2.8 turbo-diesel Intercooled engine was powerful and smooth, and also had a good automatic gearbox, cruise control, multiple armrests in the front and rear with built-in cupholders, an inclinometer and digital compass, plus seats (on the LWB) that would recline into double bed if you wanted to stay overnight on a road trip – better than a tent! On top of all those cool features, they were reliable, with superb off-road ability thanks to the utterly excellent Super Select 4WD system that could be engaged at up to 62 mph.

So yes, I absolutely l very much like the Shogun. ‘Surely you’re biased‘, you’ll say! Well, no actually. Owning two old-school Paj’s that were well-advanced back in the day will make me absolutely picky about this new one.

With an update due in 2014, is this 2013 Mitsubishi Shogun still any good, and is it worth buying so close to a new model being released? Let’s have a play and find out.

Exterior. Butt ugly or beauty?

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The older Mk1 and MkII Shogun’s are now a classic, with a squared-off, muscular design that still looks good to this day. In the late nineties, the Shogun started to look watered-down, with more rounded edges and a more ‘city-friendly’ (eh?) appearance . By the third generation (2001 – 2006) it looked positively weedy, and had all-but lost those tough, purposeful looks.

Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 in black

We were sent the long-wheel-base (LWB) version of the Shogun, so that’s what we’re obviously describing here. Since 2006 the Shogun’s exterior has changed very little, with only a minor facelift in 2012, but it has a meaty ruggedness that suits a proper 4×4. The Shogun’s wheel arches and lower half of the body is flared and pumped-up, like it’s been to the gym, shed those pre-’06 pounds and replaced them with muscle. The heavy-set front end manages to blend style and practicality, with twin chrome strips in the upper-half (a salute to the MkII Pajero’s), headlight units that are in-your-face huge, while the lower half features fog lamp housings that look like the eyeballs from a Transformer.

Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 headlights

There’s also a wide, purposeful-looking lower grille and below that, the piece that tells you this is a true 4×4 – the heavy-duty skid plate protecting the vitals of the engine. There’s very little overhang at the front too, so your approach-angle to whatever you’re tackling is maximised. This is a big machine from any angle, and although other rival 4×4’s like the Toyota Landcruiser may be even larger, you still would not want to get in the way of the Shogun, should it be barrelling up behind you at speed.

Skid plate on the Shogun SG3

The front windscreen is raked surprisingly sharply – made even more obvious when either bugs or stones hit it at speed with a large splat or noisy whack. Saying that, it looks the part and yet again adds to the tough appearance. Around to the rear, and the 7 year-old design still looks fresh, mainly because of the cool spare-wheel cover. The lower sides at the back are angled to allow the Shogun to tackle steep slopes without it grinding early and stopping your fun – yet again proving it’s a purpose-built off-roader.

Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 spare wheel and cover

The only part of the exterior I really didn’t like were the semi-opaque rear light clusters, which look tacky and out-dated, but they’re also too small as well and get a bit lost in the bulk of the rear.

Mitsubishi Shogun side view

As an overview, I think the 2013 Shogun is a good looking vehicle. As one of the few full-on, authentic 4×4’s still being produced, it unashamedly states the fact boldly in both its size and practical styling cues. Regarding the competition, it’s more modern and interesting than both the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Land Cruiser, but can’t compete with the sheer classiness of the Land Rover Discovery.

Interior. Neat or nothing special?

Front seats and dashboard of the Shogun SG3

The Shogun has long stood for comfort with all the practicality of a big SUV, and it’s still carrying on the tradition with this 2013 model. Let’s start with the functional stuff. Right away there are some very obvious pointers that is is a proper off-roader: the huge grab handles built into the A and B pillars, which are large enough to hold with two hands, should the going get rough. There are also six handles built into the roof for the front, middle and even the third row for further stability.

Mitsubishi Shogun grab handles

I like that this LWB Shogun still has a similar ventilation layout to my old Pajero, which passengers were always a fan of. Showing that this is truly a vehicle to have adventures in – in comfort – there are controllable vents in the roof for the second and third rows, plus they are also at feet level too. The usual downside of a 7-seater is that the boot seat area can be claustrophobic and hot, but the Shogun’s upper and lower vents, plus hinged windows means it’s airy and non-claustrophobic.

Both the temperature and fan speed can be controlled by the second row of passenger via a couple of dials, but it can also be turned off through the front controls, should you get sick of the temperature being messed with constantly.

heat and air speed controls for the rear seats in the SG3

Something really very cool which many owners may not realise about unless they’ve read their manual thoroughly, is that if you remove the front seat’s headrests, slide the seats all the way forward and then lower them flat, and then lower the middle row all the way too, that this actually makes them into a double bed. I used them like this in my MkII Pajero on a road trip around Norway, and they’re certainly comfortable enough to have a decent night’s sleep on.

Shogun SG3 seats fold down into beds

One more truly useful thing is the hugely extendable sunvisors (not available on the SG2 model). A plastic panel so long it’ll nearly meet the opposite visor, slides out the side of the visor and allows you to very effectively block more sun out through either the windscreen or front door windows. Beautifully simple, yet entirely useful.

Okay, so the Shogun has proved its worth as a good adventure-mobile, so what about the rest of the interior. As we’re on seating, the third row is quite ingenious, but with a couple of let-downs. The clever bit is that they’re well-hidden under the boot, and they fold out and click into place quickly and simply, and the backrest can be angled for more comfort as well. They can also be taken out of the car, leaving a large space to stow even more gear.

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The let downs are that they’re in no way comfortable enough for adults, unless it’s a short journey. There’s no real drop for your legs so you’re sat with your knees high in the air, plus there’s no real leg-room either, and your feet are almost squashed against the backs of the middle row. That was always the problem in my ’94 Pajero, and I’m very surprised they haven’t addressed that issue yet by extending the wheel base further. Oh, one more thing – the third row headrests are plain ol’ ugly. They are designed to be stow-able when the seats are folded away, and because of that they look cartoonishly stretched, like they’ve been run over by a road-roller.

Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 boot seats with ginormous headrests

The leather on the seating isn’t of the highest quality, but neither does it look or feel cheap. A good mid-range type, I’d say. Both the driver and front passenger seat are powered, and although they are ‘only’ 5-way and 4-way adjustable, you can still get a suitable position whether you’re tall or short. A great feature of the passenger seat is that it’ll raise up high, giving the person seated a great view. The only real negative I could find on the driver’s side was the steering wheel, which could only be raised or lowered, and didn’t telescope – a ridiculously simple thing to leave off on a modern vehicle.

Shogun SG3 seating

The middle row of seats are – at least each side – yet again, pleasant to sit in. However, if you’re lumbered with the centre seat your back is not going to be happy. The armrest built into the seat is hard, and digs annoyingly into your back. It’s a huge gripe I’ve got with a lot of modern cars! Why, oh why, can’t manufacturers either sit the armrest in differently so that the passenger is still comfy? The Kia Carens has it right in making the middle seat fold, doubling it as a cup-holder and armrest, while it also remains as a ‘proper’ seat too. The positive thing about the middle row is that they can be reclined until horizontal, so you could get really relaxed (apart from on said middle seat) on a long trip.

Although the LWB Shogun’s boot area is massive, it loses out in overall length (with the middle row folded) to the Land Rover Discovery, Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Pathfinder. This is because while the competitor’s second-row seats fold down flush-flat, the Shogun’s only fold down and then up against the front seats, losing it around 50 cm (20″) to its rivals. However, the Shogun’s cargo height and width is actually bigger than the others, so it’s swings and roundabouts here.

Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 boot space

The quality of the interior trim, dash and centre console is a bit of a quandary on the Mitsubishi Shogun. On the one hand, you could say that it’s outdated, and needs bringing into the present day. Certainly, there are a lot of hard plastics around, and some of the buttons and switches are old-fashioned. They aren’t cheap, per se, but when compared to the interior bits ‘n pieces on a Land Rover Discovery, the difference is chalk and cheese.

Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 rear door

However, here’s the thing. That big, chunky switchgear is easy to reach, see and press when you’re wearing heavy gloves or driving off-road. Practical y’see. In fact, all the important ones for heated seats, front and rear fog lamps, traction control etc, all have the surface area and hefty build of an aircraft carrier. I like that.

Mitsubishi Shogun SG3's switches

The physical appearance of the Shogun SG3 cabin is decent too. Whenever people got into it, they immediately showed surprise at how luxurious it was. Okay, the wood trim is quite obviously faux, but it does make the interior look higher-end than if you go for the aluminium finish.

Points I like about the SG3 cabin include the contrasting light headlining and upper trim of the boot against the black lower half. It looks classy, and give the Shogun a light, airy feel. I also like clean and uncluttered layout of the automatic gear shifter and 4wd selector surround. It makes the cabin appear even wider than it already is. There’s an enormous, comfortable armrest in the front which has two deep storage compartments below it, and it’ll slide far forward too, for better comfort.

storage arm rest

The Kenwood media system is excellent, with USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth connectivity, and the sound from the 620W Rockford-Fosgate speaker set-up is absolutely great – the large, meaty subwoofer built into the boot providing enough bass to massage you through the seats. The satellite navigation was surprisingly decent, with good graphics, simple, clear instructions and an easy way to input destinations. The reverse camera has been nicely implemented, and gives you a clear image on the screen to work by – good thing is a vehicle this large.

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Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 reversing camera screen

However, LCD digital display showing the compass, temperature, fuel consumption and barometer/altimeter is absolutely antiquated and blocky. These are all very useful things, especially if you’re using the Shogun for what it was designed to do, but the way in which they are displayed is astonishingly behind the times. The dials in the drivers console are also outdated too, and look tacky by today’s standards.

Digital display on the Shogun SG3

In summary, the Shogun cabin is built well, hugely practical for off-roading and also nicely designed and comfortable. However, it is definitely in need of an update. Let’s hope the aforementioned issues get addressed when the new Shogun comes out eh…

Engine and gearbox

The U.K. Shogun comes with one engine only. And I’ll start by saying it’s a good one. Mitsubishi tout the Shogun’s 3.2 litre variable geometry turbo-diesel as ‘probably the biggest 4-cylinder engine in any production car’, and in 2010 the engine was revised, where engineers lowered CO2 emissions by up to 20% (on the automatic) to 224 g/km, made it return considerably better MPG, and more importantly upped the power and torque by 18% to 197 bhp and 325 lb ft (441 Nm) – that’s a big chunk in anybody’s book.

Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2ltr engine

One of the clever ways they save fuel is by having a heater element on the automatic transmission, to warm it up quickly in cold weather, equalling less friction. The same system also acts as a cooler should you be driving your Shogun hard – a neat bit of engineering.

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Mitsubishi say that the 3.2 litre diesel puts out some of the lowest emissions in its class, and certainly it’s currently lower than the Discovery and Pathfinder, with only the Land Cruiser beating it. The real big difference though, is that you’ll pay £280 per year road tax for the Mitsubishi and Toyota, but a humongous £475 for the Land Rover and Nissan (figures correct 2013)!

The automatic gearbox (there is a 5-speed manual available too) is a 5-speed with overdrive, which might seem a bit old hat now, and with that originally in mind, I was surprised to find the gearbox is actually a very good one, save for a couple of small points. The auto transmission uses Mitsubishi’s ‘INVECS II‘ (Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System) technology , which means it learns your driving pattern and automatically adjusts itself so gear changes are either lower or higher in the rev band, depending on how you drive

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It’s certainly a nice system though, and the changes are fluid – certainly they were so smooth that I rarely noticed them when driving in city traffic. There’s also a sports mode, where you simply push the lever across and then push it up or down to select your desired gear. Gripes I have with the automatic ‘box are that if you’re driving along sedately, and suddenly want to boot the accelerator, say, to overtake, the gearbox hesitates, thinks and then changes down. It’s just not quick enough in that sense. Also, when using it in sports mode, it won’t let you change down a gear if it thinks it’ll be revving too high (even if you know if it wouldn’t be), which got rather irritating when coming down steep hills and engine braking was needed.

Overall though, the 3.2 turbo diesel engine is strong and pulls powerfully (more about that in the next section) , while the auto gearbox is smooth with only a couple of minor negatives.

Ready to roll? Let’s drive!

Turn the key, and the Shogun’s big 3.2 motor quickly fires into life. Pulling the selector on the auto gearbox into drive, the acceleration is immediate and strong. This will take you by surprise even after driving it for a while, as you expect a big 4×4 like this to sort of lurch forward in a steady-away manner. Instead, it pulls forward quickly and without hesitation, more akin to a powerful saloon than the large beast it actually is.

Driving on a country road in the Shogun

The Shogun eats up the miles with ease, and you’ll find the engine both powerful and smooth enough for any cross-country – or continent – adventure you may want to undertake. While the 0 – 60 mph time is not the first thought on a 4×4 buyer’s mind, it’s still worth mentioning the Shogun makes it in a snip over 11 seconds, around the same time as the 3.0 D-4D Land Cruiser and 2.5 dCi Pathfinder, while the 3.0 SDV6 Discovery utterly decimates them all with a time of 8.8 seconds.

Mitsubishi say that this Shogun is ‘more economical than any other authentic 4×4 you can buy’, and certainly on paper, it is. Not by a long way and only by a few mpg in fact, but those few miles-per-gallons over say, 10,000 miles, make a lot of difference. On a run through the winding, hilly roads of the North Yorkshire Moors, I managed an average of 28 mpg, which is not bad considering the route included a mix of stop-start traffic through villages, plus having to overtake tractors and wagons at the national speed limit, and braking then accelerating around the notoriously sharp corners. On a slower run on flat roads in light traffic at around 40 mph, I got an indicated 33 mpg. City driving returned around 26 mpg, according to the Shogun’s digital readout.

Sat Nav screen

On the move, the cabin is a quiet place to be. It’s not hushed in the manner of something absolutely luxurious, but the noise from the engine, wind and road is decently low, even at higher speeds. The Shogun rolls along nicely, with the benefit of fully-independent suspension becoming very apparent as I drive down the oh-so-potholed roads that blight every U.K. town and city. The Shogun reacts well to the moonscape-type tarmac, and with the seats being deep and comfortable too, overall it means it’ll ride along pleasantly for the most part.

However, at times the Shogun shows its bulk on tight corners by listing heavily. A quick example is needed; I came up to an unexpectedly (and utterly un-marked) sharp corner on a hilly country road, and braking hard I chucked it around the past-90˚ uphill bend to avoid a close encounter-of-the-first-kind with a bush. That time, the Shogun made me a little… twitchy let’s say. It’s not a massive concern, and for the majority of the time it is very well-behaved.

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I found the brakes on the Shogun were powerful and efficient enough so that I never worried about coming to a stop quickly. If you’re driving at speed in the wet, or towing something heavy, you’ll be glad to know there’s electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) at work, as well as the standard ABS too, meaning having to haul on those discs will bring you to a stop far more safely than a normal braking system. There’s also stability (SCS) and traction control (TCS) at work in both two and four-wheel-drive modes. Should you hit some seriously bad weather, this is something you’ll be very grateful for as that heavy rain or snow starts to build.

driving on a country road

Something I’ve got to point out is the Shogun’s impressive turning circle. The tricky entrance to a driveway I use usually takes at least two or three manoeuvres in anything bigger than a family saloon, but the Mitsubishi did it in one easy go. An important thing if you’re doing a lot of city driving, or even tackling a winding off-road track.

The Shogun is a good 4×4 to drive either long distance, through a city, or wherever you want, in fact. The engine is easily powerful enough to give you perfectly good pull and speed, while the ride is decently quiet and comfortable. So, what’s it like over the rough stuff? I don’t really know actually. Read on to find out why…

AWD and off-road. Stuck or superb?

With one fell swoop, the Mitsubishi loan terms and conditions crushed my plans for testing the Shogun off-road – it states we weren’t allowed to. So too were the idea’s I’d had for weeks, of photographing this off-road beast in action. In the end, our ‘test’ of its prowess was to drive it down a road tantamount to a boggy farm track, take some photos of it splashing through a shallow muddy puddle in the rain, and then drive home again. If it’d been winter and the roads were covered in snow, we could have reported more – but it’s July, and we’re not in the Antarctic.

Shogun SG3 on farm track

So there’s nothing to report on that side really, save for a few things. Firstly, the Super Select II 4WD system is as easy to use as it always was. In all honesty, I prefer using the traditional lever to select the off-road modes. A dial or button is all well and good, but there’s just something very cool about pushing a big lever about. It’s a little bit like using a piece of industrial machinery, and maybe that’s the reason why it’s so satisfying.

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With the secondary smaller selector on the left, you can change from to 2 to 4 wheel drive at up to 62 miles-per-hour, and even change to HLc (4WD High range, centre diff locked), at speed too. To use 4LLc (4WD, low range, centre diff locked), it’s a matter of putting it into neutral before selecting that. But if you’re going for that mode, you’re more than likely already tackling some pretty rough terrain anyway.Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 review next to a Mk2 short wheel base Pajero

From using both my MK2 Pajero’s with the obviously earlier version of the Super Select 4WD, I know it’s a very good one, and over the years I’ve never had a problem with it, or know any owners who have had either, so it’s definitely time-tested and reliable. This newer Super Select II system also has electronics to further improve its off-road capability, including Active Traction Control (ATC) which will kick in when your Shogun cocks one wheel in the air or starts slipping, plus the aforementioned stability control (ASC) for if you’re driving at speed on some snowy Swiss pass.

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Further to that, there’s also engine brake assist (EBA) for when you’re descending steep slopes, but unfortunately that’s only activated in low range, whereas other vehicles have it either at the press of a button, or it’s automatic. The 700 mm wading depth is on an equal with both the Discovery and Land Cruiser, while the Pathfinder would have stopped well short at just 450 mm.

I had trouble getting my old LWB 2.8 TD Pajero stuck, even when the going got really rough, and that was on normal road tyres. Stick some proper chunky off-road rubber on your Shogun, and you’re going to have to be doing either something very silly, or very serious, to get stuck.

Price

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(figures correct 2013) The Shogun 3.2 SG3 LWB Auto I trialled was £33,799. There’s a lot of kit on it, and it’s a fairly luxurious vehicle. In all honesty, I was expecting it to be a fair amount more, and it physically felt like I was driving a more expensive vehicle than the price suggests. The lowest LWB SG2 manual starts at just £28,599, going up to £36,799 for the highest spec LWB SG4 auto. Personally, I’d go for the SG3 auto that I tested, as you’ve got all the luxury you need, and are only paying for some rear-seat entertainment and bigger wheels if you go any higher up.

Against the competition, the price of the Mitsubishi Shogun makes it an extremely tempting vehicle in this market. Prepare for many numbers! Note; prices are for LWB versions. The Nissan Pathfinder 2.5 dCi is closest, ranging from about £33,000 to £37, 875. The 3.0 D-4D Toyota Land Cruiser starts at £37K – for a 5-seat version – and then skips from £46K to almost £53,000. The Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 starts at £38,850 and tops out at a whopping £57,775.

2013 Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-DC SG3 LWB Auto verdict & score

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The Mitsubishi Shogun is a tough beast. It has proved both its reliability and off-road prowess over decades, and it’s always done well enough on-road too. The original Pajero was well ahead of the game in terms of cabin comfort and tech, but now it’s fallen behind some rivals in those areas. However, this is still a superb 4×4 and probably as capable as the others off-road. While their self-levelling, self-raising suspension and trick electronic 4×4 systems are all good, I’d imagine a Shogun is much easier to fix in the middle of some wilderness, should something break.

Yes, the Shogun is definitely in need of an update to the cabin and its interior tech, and perhaps the styling too, but all said and done it is still comfortable and quiet while the ride is good enough. However, you’re getting incredible value for your money, and because of that it is absolutely worth considering if you want one of the few true four-wheel-drives that’ll seat a family in comfort, matched with the capability of crossing terrain that’d see other SUVs and soft-roaders stuck or broken.

Do you own a Mitsubishi Shogun, Pajero or Montero? What’s your views on it, and what are the best and worst points? Share your thoughts and leave a comment below!

Exterior  7
Interior (Dynamic)  6
Engine  7
Gearbox (Auto.)  6.5
Price  7.5
Drive  7
AWD & Off-road ability  9
Overall Score  7 

  Specs

Model (as tested)  2013 UK-spec Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DI-DC LWB SG3 automatic
Spec includes  All-round power windows, full leather upholstery, front heated and power seats, sat nav/entertainment system with reverse camera, 860W Rockford-Fosgate sound system, 18″ wheels, HID Xenon headlights,   See spec sheet for more
Options you should spec  Rear skid plate (£189)
Price (as tested)  £33,799
Engine  3.2 litre diesel with variable geometry turbo, four cylinder in-line, 16-valve, double-overhead cam
Power, Torque, CO2  197 bhp and 325 lb ft (441 Nm) | CO2: 224 g/km (LWB, auto version)
Drive, Gears (as tested)  2 or 4WD with Super Select II 4WD system | 5-speed ‘INVECS II’ automatic gearbox
Top Speed, 0 – 60 mph, Euro NCAP  Max speed: 111 mph | 0 – 60 mph: 11.1 seconds | No Euro NCAP rating available, but ANCAP (Australian safety rating) gave 2013> Pajero 5-stars. 
Fuel economy (mpg)  Urban: 29.1 mpg, Extra Urban: 38.7 mpg, Combined: 34.4 mpg
Weight (gross)  3,030 kg (6,680 lbs)
Ground clearance  220 mm (8.66″)  (minimum) | Max. Wading depth: 700mm (27.5″)
Websites  Mitsubishi UK, Mitsubishi Australia, Mitsubishi USA, Mitsubishi Worldwide

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Words: Chris Davies | Tested by: Chris Davies, Nathan Fielder| Photography: Jason Fanthorpe, Chris Davies, Matthew Davies, Magloire Yumani

17 responses to “2013 Mitsubishi Shogun SG3 LWB – Ultra-Tough Off-Roader Still Proves its Worth”

  1. David Good

    The SG3 Mitsubishi Shogun Is a fantastic 4 X 4 . This my fourth Shogun in the last 17 years The first was a secondhand SWB we had for two years. This is when I bought a new 1999 Shogun . My wife has a 1999 SWB and loves it Fifteen years later I sold mine having covered 150000 miles and have just bought another Shogan SG3. They have been the most reliable vehicals This will probably be my last as I’m 66 YEARSOLD

  2. Simon Rhodes

    Have just purchased an SG3 to replace an old Td5 Disco II for my wife.
    Middle row of seats are diabolically uncomfortable due to to lack of height from the floor.
    It lacks personality.
    That said, there is no better 4×4 for the money, I would run out of space if I were to list the positives.
    The new Disco is not agricultural enough for a horse and dogs lifestyle and not a spiritual successor to the Old Disco. The SG3 occupies a niche in the market vacated by Land Rover as it moves ever higher in the Luxury segment.
    I shall never sell my Defender !

  3. Andy Taylor

    Sometimes value for money becomes an issue. Such was the case when I recently decided to update my 2006 LR Discovery 3 Metropolis (Special edition – bells, whistles and some more). So. I looked for a Disco 4 and found out that for a nearly two year old uprated 4 (the one with the 8 speed Auto Box) with less than 20,000 miles on the clock, I need to find OVER £40K.

    There comes a point where you feel that a manufacturer actually starts taking the p*** for a vehicle that is SUPPOSED to be a workhorse, not a luxury Chelsea Tractor.

    So, I’ve ordered a brand new Shogun SG3 which will be delivered early in March and will suit my lifestyle just as well as my old Disco. So it’s not as sophisticated on the road – and it’s not as “glamorous”. My perspective is that, at £10K less than a second hand Disco and goodness knows how much less than a new one, the Shogun will do exactly what I need it to do, and, apparently, more reliably too!

    Land Rover – you’ve lost my business through being just too greedy. Congratulations Mitsubishi on understanding that value for money is actually quite important.

  4. Andy Taylor

    Thanks Chris.

    By the way, I found your review to be the most thorough and balanced review out there. There are so many who seem to give a personal view rather than truly testing the vehicle and genuinely reporting what’s good and what’s bad. I found yours to be unbiased and most informative.

    Your review really helped me reach my decision.

  5. Andy Taylor

    Lived with the new Shogun for two weeks now, and very happy with it. It is a bit of a boneshaker on tarmac, but that’s only because I’m used to the airbag Disco suspension. Getting used to it quickly, and liking it very much. The car feels like a bit of a character, so is a lot of fun. However, like EVERYONE says, why oh why is there no telescopic adjustment on the steering wheel? In a car of this spec surely it’s a must? Anyway, I have managed to get a comfortable driving position, but it could have been a lot easier! Still fathoming out the satnav etc, but that’s just a matter of time and effort. Very happy so far!

  6. Khaled Tillawi

    I live in Amman, Jordan, and the best vehicle to drive on our roads, in snowy season in particle, and in the deserts down south, is an off road 4×4.
    I drove most of them, a Range Rover, a Land Cruiser, Jeep, Chevrolet Trail Blazer, BMW X5, Mercedes ML, … etc…….. and the Pajero (Shogun or Montero)
    I have to admit that only the Paj conquered all thse conditions and came first in all respects.
    I owned a 2006 Paj, 3800 cc from 2005 till last week, and just bought a new 2014 Paj 3800 cc, both gasoline engines.

  7. Andy Taylor

    4 months on and still very happy!
    The dogs (2 greyhounds) love it and we can store everything we want to quickly and easily when we go away. The loading height is significantly lower than the Disco and that suits both the dogs and me just nicely. Even though it is very heavy and could do with being powered, I prefer the back door as this negates the need for a rear tailgate guard for the hounds.
    All in all, I think the Shogun is excellent value for money. Unfortunately the weather has been too good to put it through its paces, so have that fun still to come!

    Averaging 33.6mpg as well!

  8. Ian

    2 days ago I took delivery of a Shogun SWB 4 Work Warrior Commercial (it’s got 2 seats instead of 4!) I have been fortunate to own several 4 x 4’s from Land Rover, Range Rover, and BMW. The Shogun is serious value for money. Land Rover’s Defender, and Discovery Commercial were also given serious consideration prior to us ordering the Shogun. There was no getting away from the fact that the Shogun in Warrior ‘trim’ is several orders of magnitude better than a Defender, sorry Defender. I fit in the Shogun, and don’t have to drive around with my knees in my ears! Yet the two are very closely matched from a price perspective. The Discovery at +£40k including VAT was a non starter, there was no way I could justify spending our companies money on a van costing that much, no matter how good it is . . . . .
    Overall we’re seeing 30mpg, have heated leather, climate control, cruise, and a very fancy Kenwood stereo/navigation/Bluetooth/iPod thingamy with a reversing camera too! It’s a cracking engine/gearbox (auto), rides well on the B road commute, and is unfazed by potholes, a serious purchasing point for me, our last company vehicle had 10 front tyres in 24,000 miles due to potholes!
    To coin a phrase from a well known TV commercial, ‘It does exactly what it says on the tin!’ I’m a very happy Shogun owner!

  9. Ian Guiver

    I have been looking for a replacement for my 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. The new model of that car is now quite expensive and like most of its competitors looks increasingly like an estate with a slightly raised seating position. Looking for something a bit more old school I stumbled across the Shogun – a car that I have never previously considered. The one star rating from most other reviewers drove me to test the car thinking “Surely it can’t be that bad”. Actually I love it and I agree with the other comments here. Your review was balanced, detailed and useful. A bit of me would love to buy a Disco because it is British and the interior is fantastic – mostly tasteful and incredibly comfortable. But the Shogun has something special and perhaps because other reviewers had managed my expectations down so effectively I’m going to take the plunge with an SG3. I just hope the jump in running costs from my (excellent) Santa Fe is not too painful.

  10. Joanne Leake

    I love, love my sg3 2013 shogun, best car I’ve ever bought, but just going to sell it for a new sg5 simply because I want a new car with 5yrs warranty and 3yrs service. But would highly recommend a shogun. It’s a dream to drive especially as I live in a rural area in the lake district, so is fit for purpose.

  11. Tony

    Hi Chris,
    agree with everything you say.
    Can you suggest a decent all terrain tyre for a 2010 LWB shogun please?
    regards
    Tony.

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