New Mitsubishi L200 vs Volkswagen Amarok: verdict

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 vs Volkswagen Amarok

Our verdict

In many ways, the VW Amarok is still the best pick-up truck on the market. It’s much better to drive than all the competition, plus it has a huge load bay, roomy rear seats and a mighty V6 diesel engine. But this particular version is too pricey to recommend and certainly isn’t worth almost £12,000 more than our favourite version (the 3.0 TDI 204 Trendline).

The Mitsubishi L200 also makes more sense in its cheaper trim levels, but at least the Barbarian X isn’t outrageously priced, and it goes some way towards justifying its price by having a good roster of safety kit, along with plenty of luxuries. The fact that it also betters the Amarok for towing and payload capacity gives it a narrow win.

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1st – Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200 rear studio - 69 plate

For Loads cheaper to buy and run; better safety; higher payload and towing capacity
Against Unsettled ride; smaller load bay; gruff engine; sluggish acceleration

Recommended options Retractable load bed cover (£1560)

What Car? rating 3 out of 5 stars

Read our full Mitsubishi L200 review >>

2nd – Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen Amarok rear studio - 69 plate

For Heaps better to drive; surprisingly fast; bigger load bay; better driving position
Against Poor safety provisions; too pricey to buy and run; stingily equipped

Recommended options Adjustable lumbar support (£168)

What Car? rating 3 out of 5 stars

Read our full VW Amarok review >>

Specifications: Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200 front studio - 69 plate
  • Engine - 4cyl, 2268cc, diesel
  • List price (inc VAT) - £38,967
  • List price (exc VAT) - £32,525
  • Power - 148bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque - 295Ib ft @ 2000rpm
  • Gearbox - 6-spd automatic
  • 0-60mph - 12.8sec
  • 30-70mph- 13.2sec
  • Top speed - 106mph
  • 30-0mph - 9.1m
  • 70-0mph - 47.5m
  • Official fuel economy - 29.1mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG - 28.6mpg
  • CO2 emissions - 254g/km (WLTP)
  • Towing capacity (braked/unbraked) - 3500kg/750kg
  • Maximum Payload (gross) - 1150kg
  • Ground clearance - 205mm
  • Wading depth - 500mm

Specifications: Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen Amarok front studio - 69 plate
  • Engine - 6cyl, 2970cc, diesel
  • List price (inc VAT) - £47,241
  • List price (exc VAT) - £39,420
  • Power - 254bhp @ 3250-4000rpm
  • Torque - 428lb ft @ 1400-3000rpm
  • Gearbox - 8-spd automatic
  • 0-60mph - 7.5sec
  • 30-70mph- 7.0sec
  • Top speed - 129mph
  • 30-0mph - 8.7m
  • 70-0mph - 50.0m
  • Official fuel economy - 28.2mpg (WLTP)
  • Test MPG - 27.5mpg
  • CO2 emissions - 231g/km (WLTP)
  • Towing capacity (braked/unbraked) - 3100kg/750kg
  • Maximum Payload (gross) - 1070kg
  • Ground clearance - 192mm
  • Wading depth - 500mm

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