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While most SUVs are spending their weekends schlepping up the high street, the Shogun Sport is more likely to be found scaling the High Sierras
Heated front seats, full leather upholstery, 7.0in touchscreen, reversing camera, Apple CarPlay/Andoid Auto, 510W Mitsubishi Power sound system, adaptive cruise control.
You've got to hand it to Mitsubishi customers. They know what they like andlike what they know. The latest seven-seat Shogun Sport may be a bit rough around the edges - primarily because it's based on the no-frills L200 pickup truck - but because around 90% of all Shogun Sports will be specified with a tow bar, outdoor pursuit capabilities will take precedence over on-road refinements, every day of the week.
Indeed, Mitsubishi describes the Shogun Sport as 'built for the most extreme family adventures', which is why it comes with loads of off-road features as part of the Super Select II all-wheel-drive system. These include a low-range gearbox, locking differentials and a terrain selector system, with different modes for gravel, snow and mud, sand and rocky surfaces. It also comes with hill descent control and trailer assist. On top of this, it boasts seriously generous clearance between the tyres and wheel arches and a 700mm wading depth, which means you'll be everyone's new best friend the next time we get hit by those savage winter flash floods.
Although it is mightily impressive off-road, back on the black stuff, the Sport isn't quite so beguiling. While the ride feels akin to being tossed around on a bouncy castle - no doubt this improves when fully laden or towing a trailer - you never really lose the sensation that you are driving a big, heavy car. Equally, changes of direction are not something to be entered into rashly. Instead, it's best to kick back, take in the scenery and let things meander along.
Engine options include just one 2.4-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder, the same as that found in the L200, producing 181hp which ismated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The engine's unrefined character may not be as obvious in Mitsubishi's rugged pickup, but it's not great in the Shogun Sport. Even when accelerating in a modest fashion, it sounds and feels like it is working like billy-o to bring the Sport up to a comfortable cruising speed.
Despite the fact the engine defaults to two-wheel-drive mode on-road to boost fuel economy, the 181hp is only enough to manage 33.2mpg on the combined cycle. That's pretty tawdry when you compare it to rivals such as the Nissan X-Trail.
Of course, because it towers so high, you'll need to do a wee bit of ascent work before you even set off. Thankfully, Mitsubishi has fitted pillar-mounted grab handles, to haul yourself up into the elevated cabin.
Once on board, you may notice that the Shogun Sport is smaller than the long-wheelbase version of the Shogun it replaces but the cabin is still spacious enough for five adults. Further back, there's a couple of additional seats to make seven in total, but, because leg room is so tight, they're only really suitable for small children.
As for load space, at just 131 litres, it's tight with all seven seats in place but this can be expanded to 502 by dropping the rear seats or 1,488 litres with all of the rear seats folded down.
The entry-level '3' trim includes leather upholstery, electrically-adjustable front seats, LED headlights and parking sensors. The higher-spec '4' model adds heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, crash mitigation systems and a 510watt audio system, but you'd need to think long and hard before forking out the whopping £2,000 premium that it commands over the lower-spec car.
If the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the brand's technical flagship, then the new Shogun Sport is at the other end of the sophistication scale. That said, the Shogun Sport is hugely capable off-road; it's just a shame it doesn't boast the same capabilities on the tarmac.
Mitsubishi Shogun Sport 4WD 2.4 181hp 4 Auto8
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Residual value 39.2%
Service, maintenance and repair £3,453
Cost per mile 93.6p
Fuel consumption 32.8mpg
CO2 (BIK band) 227g/km (37%)
BIK 20/40% a month £232/£464
Boot space131-1488 litres
Engine size/power 2,442cc/180hp
Plenty of room inside, great off-road capabilities