Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200 review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The L200 makes most sense when looking at the lower trim levels, with the 4Life and Titan models undercutting plusher rivals such as the Amarok. Those willing to rough it a little will find the 4Life a real bargain, especially if they only occasionally need rear seats and can therefore plump for the Club Cab. In Titan trim, equipment levels are closer to basic large SUV levels, including 17in alloy wheels, auto headlights and wipers, DAB radio and dual-zone air conditioning. The upper Warrior and Barbarian trims are less attractive when compared to equivalent versions of the Amarok, Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara, which all offer more compelling all-round ownership propositions.

Despite being less powerful, 4Life variants of the L200 return slightly worse fuel economy than manual versions of the Titan, Warrior and Barbarian. Auto-equipped Warrior and Barbarian examples are the least fuel-efficient models, but the spread of figures isn’t huge and pitches the L200 into the same territory as the Ranger, and it’s quite a bit more frugal than the Amarok.

As the L200 is classed as a light commercial vehicle, company car tax is much cheaper than it would be for a private car or SUV with similar emissions, and road tax is set at a fixed level across the range.

Thanks to its relative simplicity, reliability shouldn’t be a major concern, but Mitsubishi supplies all new L200s with a five-year, 62,500-mile warranty nonetheless. With four out of five stars, the pick-up scored reasonably well in Euro NCAP safety tests; all versions come with seven airbags and lane departure warning is standard on Titan models and above.

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Verdict

The Mitsubishi L200 makes an attractive workhorse in its basic spec, but struggles to compete further up the range

  • Value of lower trim levels
  • Switchable four-wheel drive
  • Range of body styles
  • Unsettled ride
  • Price of plusher models
  • Dull cabin