Mitsubishi Shogun Sport SW 2000 - 2006

Mitsubishi Shogun Sport SW 2000 - 2006

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • It’s an extremely reliable vehicle
  • It is an excellent off-road workhorse

Cons:

  • The handling is poor on the road
  • There is limited safety equipment
  • The ride is far from being called comfortable

Overview

The Shogun Sport was originally know as the Challenger between 1998 and 2000 and is based around the design of a pick-up truck. As such it is an excellent off-roader with plenty of space in the back although not as much as a standard pick-up. On the road and in towns it feels very large and awkward and the engines all feel underpowered especially the diesels at motorway speeds.

Exterior and Interior

The Shogun Sport is practically a short pick up truck with the cabin and loading bay being combined together under the same roof. It might be a big vehicle, but inside space is surprisingly cramped with limited leg and shoulder room. The seats are not very supportive either making longer journeys very uncomfortable. The boot isn’t particularly large which makes carrying any large amounts of luggage difficult, further frustration is added because the back seats do not fold completely flat. The tall and upright driving position might not be to everyone’s tastes either but at least everything is clearly and logically laid out on the dash, although the central console is starting to look a bit dated now. As the Shogun is probably going to be used as a workhorse we’d go for the entry level Classic trim, however, if you want air-con you’ll have to go for the Equippe. If you want some form of luxury though you’ll have to go for the Warrior trim that adds a CD stereo and leather seat trim.

Performance and Economy

The diesel engines are the engines to go for and preferably the 115bhp unit. It is admittedly a lot slower than the petrol’s, only reaching 60mph after 16.3 seconds, but it is more economical achieving 27mpg compared to the petrol’s 23mpg. It is also much better engine for towing and for hard graft which, as the Sport is more than likely going to be used as a workhorse, makes more sense. However, if you want a petrol then the chances are you will probably only be able to find the 170bhp unit as the more powerful engine was only sold for a short period of time. Both were a lot quicker than the diesels reaching 60mph in 11.2 seconds and are also a lot smoother. When it comes to insurance the Shogun falls between groups 13 and 16 with all of the engines falling into the latter group.

Like to Drive

On the road the Shogun isn’t very pleasant to drive especially around town where it feels large and unwieldy. On the motorway it struggles to keep up with the traffic flow especially in the diesel unit. There is also plenty of body roll in the corners and the steering feels imprecise. Off-road its much better though with its low-ratio gearing, four-wheel-drive and high ground clearance that make it an excellent work horse.

Faults and Repairs

The Shogun should prove to be a very reliable vehicle provided it hasn’t been abused and it has received regular services. The main problems occur with the suspension, transmission and steering, but this is only in vehicles that are used regularly for towing heavy loads, so if you’re considering one make sure to ask the owner how often it’ was used as a tow vehicle. Other than that you should experience no other problems. Only go for a vehicle that has a full service history though as if the owner has skimped on a few check ups you could end up regretting it. Servicing costs are slightly more expensive than those of say the Nissan X-Trail and the repair costs are some of the highest around topping even BWM and Land Rover, but the chances of you needing repairs is minimal.