TheMitsubishi L200is now in its fifth generation and steady improvements have seen it remain as one of the most popular pick-ups on the market. The latest offering adds car-like sophistication, distinctive styling and a long list of kit, including dual-zone climate control, touchscreen infotainment, lane-departure warning and powered, leather seats.
The 2.4-litre diesel pumps out 178bhp and a muscular 430Nm of torque, delivering strong performance and refinement. Head off-road and four-wheel drive can be engaged with a twist of the Super Select 4×4 control, allowing the L200 to explore where other trucks can’t reach. Stick to the tarmac and you’ll discover direct steering and a composed ride while the manual gearbox is light and easy to use – for a truck.
Extensive use of aluminium and other lightweight materials in the design of the L200 helps it achieve 42.8mpg on the combined cycle with 173g/km CO2 emissions. This is a good showing and the truck’s generally low running costs are matched to a attractive upfront pricing even on the higher spec Titan, Warrior and Barbarian models.
The cabin is spacious and durable. Some of the minor switchgear is dated and the plastics quality wouldn’t stack-up well in passenger car company, but the materials are adequate for the pick-up market with some nice detailing thrown in. The neat Super Select 4×4 control dial sits behind the gear lever and there’s a large touchscreen in the centre of the dash in higher spec models.
Passenger space is fine with room for a six-foot adult to sit comfortably behind a similarly sized driver, but the low seat does mean they have to bunch their knees up a bit. The load area is 1,470mm square and can take a 1,050kg maximum payload but if that’s not enough, you can tow a 3,100kg braked trailer to carry any extra.
The best pick-up trucks to buy now
- 1.Mitsubishi L200
- 2.Fiat Fullback
- 3.Nissan Navara
- 4.Mercedes X-Class
- 5.Volkswagen Amarok
- 6.Toyota Hilux
- 7.Ford Ranger
- 8.Isuzu D-Max
- 9.SsangYong Musso