The Mitsubishi L200 is a winning recipe of butch looks, decent off-road ability and serious carrying and towing capabilities – exactly the sort of credentials its buyers are looking for.
Also winning over buyers is the L200’s price, which is relatively competitive lower down the trim levels when compared with its main rivals, such as Volkswagen’s Amarok, Ford’s Ranger, Toyota’s Hilux and Nissan’s Nivara. Izuzu’s D-Max and Ssangyong’s Korando Sport are more inline with the L200’s prices.
You’re not short of choice of pick-ups in the UK then, nor are you of L200s. Engine choice is between two power outputs of the same 2.5-litre diesel, and then there are nine different trims to get your head around. There are also three cabin sizes, with two, four or five seats, and the choice of a manual or automatic gearbox.
The main thing to determine is whether you’ll mainly be using your L200 for tough commercial jobs, or whether it will mainly be used for ferrying around your family. The L200 comes with mechanical and electronic equipment to make it better suited to both jobs.
Either way, though, while every pick-up suffers poor handling, the L200 is one of the worst in this area, and its ride stands out as being poor compared with its rivals’ too. The Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Ranger both have better cabins, nicer driving positions and more impressive refinement. As such, we’d be looking at these before heading to your Mitsubishi dealer.