Despite its name, there’s not much short about the latest short wheel base Mitsubishi Shogun. It might be a tad shorter than the LWB version but it’s still a big car with impressive carrying capacity writes Ian Strachan.

In fact fold the back seats of this muscle-bound monster and you’ve got a van – and a very comfortable one at that.

The Shogun has been around for more than 30 years and is a well established and capable member of the growing 4×4 sector. The new iteration of the short wheel base Shogun – the Barbarian is an impressive vehicle. It may sound a tad agricultural compared with its more recent competitors, but this is an honest mud-plugger that can go places other 4x4s can’t reach.

As well as a big, roomy and well-equipped car with good off road capability you get a fair degree of luxury. Sumptuous leather seats, classy trim, a contemporary dashboard and a eather-trimmed steering wheel give this car a feeling of class.

You also get a good standard specification, with a satnav system, good CD and radio, very smart alloy wheels, cruise control, rear view parking camera, heated front seats, electric front windows and mirrors and automatic climate control.

The driving position is commanding with superb all road visibility thanks to large windows. Huge truck-like door mirrors help with rear visibility which is a little compromised by the rear seat headrests and the huge spare wheel housing. Ride is exceptionally comfortable, with very little roll, and good suspension absorbs all but the biggest bumps.

My version of the Shogun SWB was powered by Mitsubishi’s worthy 3.2 litre direct injection diesel. This turbo-charged unit delivers power smoothly and effortlessly. Linked to an excellent five-speed automatic gearbox, it has performance throughout the range with an impressive kick-down if needed. A manual version is also in the range.

Economy of 34.4 miles to the gallon in mixed driving isn’t best in class, but this is a big engine powering a big car.

Driver and passengers have plenty of room, and with the rear seats folded you get a generous 1120 cc of luggage space.

The Shogun Barbarian is an impressive piece of kit – agile on the road, with proven capability off. On the road price is £34,374.

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