Mitsubishi offers L200 buyers two engine options - a 138bhp 2.5-litre turbodiesel and a tweaked version of the same unit with 165bhp. The 138bhp delivers respectable pace and flexibility, while the more powerful unit can keep up with the rival Nissan Navara. High-spec Animal models get the power upgrade as standard, while this is an option with all other trims.
The L200 has a soft ride and deals well with cracked urban streets. However, it struggles to cope with undulations in the surface at even moderate speeds, bouncing up and down like a ship in a storm. Numb steering that's slow to react to inputs, and substantial body roll through bends further undermines the Mitsubishi on road.
The engine in the L200 rattles noisily around town and although things improve when cruising, there's still a noticeable drone. Wind roar is also pronounced at motorway pace, but the solid body does a good job of shutting out road noise.
Pick-ups are classified as light commercial vehicles, so a VAT-registered company or trader who buys an L200 can claim back the full 17.5% VAT. Company car drivers can also save because they're taxed at a flat rate rather than on a portion of the list price. Maintenance bills are likely to be high for the class, but the average fuel economy of 32.8mpg is competitive.
The L200 should stand up to rough use thanks to its sturdy construction, and Mitsubishi has a good record in used car reliability surveys. The interior has a solid feel and the materials used are much more appealing than those in pick-ups of old.
All L200s come with driver and front passenger airbags, but even the range-topping Elegance trim misses out on side and curtain airbags. Stability control is standard on Warrior-trimmed models and above, and they also get a more sophisticated four-wheel drive system. Deadlocks are missing from the security roster, whichever model you choose.
You'll either love or loathe the eclectic mix of materials, textures and colours that decorate the L200 cabin. The controls are chunky and logical, except for the fiddly stereo. Most drivers will be able to get settled thanks to a height-adjustable seat and steering wheel, but the seat doesn't offer enough support on long journeys.
The L200 is available in two bodystyles - two-seater Twin Cab and five-seater Double Cab. Predictably, the latter sacrifices some load space for its extra row of seats, but it's still capable of carrying more than a tonne of cargo. Some rivals offer more in-cabin storage, though, and the passenger in the middle back seat has to sit with their legs splayed.
Base 4Work models have a CD player with MP3 compatibility, but little else. The 4Life trim is more generous, providing remote central locking and air-conditioning, while Warrior trim upgrades the air-conditioning to climate control and has alloy wheels and electric windows, too. Animal cars also get leather seats and satellite-navigation, and top-trim Elegance L200s have a standard automatic gearbox.
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This model is a little too expensive to recommend. You can get everything that's good about in a Double Cab L200 for less - a 4Life, for instance.