The very nature of the pick-up means they’re unlikely to handle very well – that goes for the whole segment. They’re designed to carry heavy loads, and as such, the L200’s rear suspension is a sturdy but unsophisticated type, which isn’t good for going around corners quickly.
The result is lots of body lean in tight bends, and with no weight over the rear axle, a considerable amount of broken traction in two-wheel drive mode if pulling out of T-junctions too quickly. The Walkinshaw pack upgrades the rear suspension, but improvements are very minor.
The L200’s steering is also poor, because it feels unnaturally weighted when winding on and off lock, and there’s very little sense of how the front wheels are faring. At least the L200 has a comparatively good turning circle of 11.8 metres.
If handling is important to you, the best handling pick-up is Volkswagen’s Amarok, but as mentioned, it’s still nothing on the best SUVs.