New Mitsubishi L200 vs Volkswagen Amarok: practicality

These range-topping pick-ups from Mitsubishi and Volkswagen are workhorses that don't skimp on the luxuries. But which one is the guv'nor?...

Mitsubishi L200 rear seats - 69 plate

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, load bay

Both pick-ups are known as double cabs; this essentially means they have rear doors and rear seats. Taller adults sitting in the back of the Mitsubishi L200 might find their heads brushing the roof lining, but that certainly won’t be the case in the high-ceilinged VW Amarok. The Amarok does have a few centimetres less rear knee room, but there’s still enough for a six-footer to fit comfortably, as long as the person sitting in the front isn’t a giant.

Volkswagen Amarok rear seats - 69 plate

Thanks to its broader rear seat area, the Amarok is also better suited to those occasions you need to carry three people in the back. Both pick-ups have Isofix mounting points on their outer rear seats, so they can genuinely double as practical family cars.

The Amarok may not be able to carry quite as much weight in its load bay, but said load bay is wider, taller and considerably longer than the L200’s. In short, you’ll be able to throw a lot more clobber in the back of the Amarok. Both cars are available with removable hard-tops for the load bay, should you need extra security.

Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200 load bay - 69 plate

Payload 1150kg

Load area is much smaller than Amarok’s, but it can actually carry more weight. Retractable tonneau cover is available for £1560 (fitted). Standard damped tailgate opening is a neat touch.

Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen Amarok load bay - 69 plate

Payload 1070kg

Load bed is enormous, although a retractable, lockable tonneau cover is pricey, at £1724 (fitted). If you want a protective coating for the load compartment, that’ll cost you an extra £864.

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