Magazine article Management Today

MT Stuff: Motor Mouth - Mitsubishi Shogun LWB 3.2 DI-DC SG3

Magazine article Management Today

MT Stuff: Motor Mouth - Mitsubishi Shogun LWB 3.2 DI-DC SG3

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The Shogun may be impressive offroad, says Sathnam Sanghera, but it doesn't quite fit in on the north London school run.

The joke, when I posted a picture of my test Shogun on Instagram, was that it would fit right into north London, where no nanny or Filipina maid would even consider tackling a school run unless first provided with a car with a wading depth of at least two feet. But the truth is that, even by the standards of NW3, which has more off-roaders than anywhere this side of the Australian outback, the Shogun felt excessive.

When I pulled up in a local Waitrose car park, the short bonnet, tall upright windscreen, fierce wheel arches and side-hinged tailgate with externally mounted spare wheel made the parade of nearby BMW X3s and Porsche Cayennes look like toys. Driving down a slightly muddy track to pick up a fair trade cappuccino didn't exactly make the most of the category-leading 'approach angle', 'departure angle', 'ramp break over angle', 'min ground clearance', 'climb angle' and 'roll-over angle' advertised in the Shogun press pack. And when I left it parked next to a giant oak during the great storm of 2013, it was the tree I was concerned for, not the car.

The fact is that there is nothing faux about the Shogun's 4x4 abilities But you would be mistaken in thinking this means you are getting a Range Rover for a fraction of the price. For the downside of the high seating position, the impressive front downward visibility, and all the other off-road credentials, is that it is not very good at the simple business of going down a road. …

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