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Mitsubishi L200 vs Nissan Navara

Nissan has tweaked the Navara pick-up to give it better on-road manners and a more refined interior. How does it fare against its Mitsubishi L200 rival?

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What will they cost?

The vast majority of pick-ups are run by businesses, and the LCV tax rating for both the L200 and the Navara requires monthly tax payments of Β£105 for a 40% taxpayer, with an extra Β£50 payment if you choose to have private fuel included. It wasn’t possible to run our True MPG tests on these pick-ups, but the Navara is the more economical choice according to official government test figures. Companies looking at contract hire rates will find the Navara slightly cheaper every month, too.

If you’re buying with cash, the Nissan is around Β£1500 more expensive to start with. Make sure you haggle, though, because after dealer discounts the Navara is actually the marginally cheaper option. Combined with its lower servicing costs and identical road tax and insurance premiums, the Nissan will end up costing a private buyer nearly Β£1300 less than the Mitsubishi over three years.

Those considering one of these pick-ups on a PCP finance deal will find the Nissan more attractive if they hand it back at the end of the term. On a three-year deal, with a Β£5000 deposit and an annual mileage limit of 10,000, the Nissan costs Β£269 a month, compared with Β£386 for the Mitsubishi.

Both pick-ups come with climate control, electric windows, cruise control, keyless entry and start, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, automatic lights, Bluetooth, DAB radio, a USB port and two free colour choices: red or white. In addition, the Navara gets bigger alloy wheels and a reversing camera, while the Mitsubishi adds dusk-sensing headlights.

Both get seven airbags, an alarm and an immobiliser, while Nissan has included autonomous emergency braking and Mitsubishi provides lane departure warning. Both pick-ups received four-star ratings from Euro NCAP for safety, although the Mitsubishi scored higher marks for adult and child protection.

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