Mitsubishi L200 (2006–2015)

What's good

Impressive four star Euro NCAP crash rating is better than the equivalent Ford Ranger (2006-2011 model) with two stars and the Isuzu Rodeo which only received one star. The Nissan Navara was originally awarded one star but after modifications by Nissan it was retested and scored three stars.

Punchy engines offer loads of low- and mid-rev pull, while the five-speed manual gearbox is well suited to the L200’s duel nature as part-SUV and part-workhorse.

Mitsubishi has added the Long Bed option to the L200 to address the problem of the load bed not being deep enough for some users’ needs.

There’s no arguing with a five-year, 125,000-mile warranty that leads the class and also Mitsubishi’s enviable reputation for reliability means you’re unlikely to call on this cover.

Not restricted to 50mph on two lane roads and 60mph on dual carriageways (can do 60mph on two lane roads and 70mph on dual carriageways).

What's bad

Recall 25-05-2007: Fuel filter water sensor may crack and leak fuel.

Recall 01-12-2008: Rear axle may become insecure.

Recall 01-07-2010: Rear protection bar may detach.

Recall 18-08-2010: Top suspension ball joint may become detached.

RECALL 28-7-2016: MITSUBISHI Lancer JT Evolution X, i-Car Petrol, i-MiEV, L200 CR. INDICATORS AND/OR OTHER VEHICLE LIGHTS MAY SWITCH OFF OR BLINK WITHOUT WARNING. Due to poor connections the indicators and/or vehicle lights may turn off or blink. On affected vehicles apply lubricant to switch connections. VINS: JMYLRHA1W7U000408 to JMYLRHA1W7U500598; CZ4A-0001472 to CZ4A-0006699; MMTJNKB407D000420 to MMTENKA407D005751 to HA3W-0000895 to HA3W-0001660. Build dates 7-3-2007 to 14-11-2007.

The suspension offers a curious mix of soft-set bounce and jarring ride to leave the L200 some way off the comfort of the likes of the Ford Range or Volkswagen Amarok.

Engine noise is always a presence in the L200’s cab at anything above a relaxed town speed, and as the pace quickens it’s joined by wind whistling around the door edges.

The Double Cab offers the promise of seating for five, but it fails to make good on this promise by only providing space and comfort for four due to the cramped middle seat in the back.

Rear seat squabs of double cab do not fold up so rear of cab cannot be used for cargo or luggage.

Underslung spares prone to theft. K-Lok spare wheel lock £37.50 with DIY fitting instructions available (requires a 20mm diameter hole).

Leased January 2015 Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian 2.5 diesel blew its engine at 9,700 miles, 700 miles late for a service, probably due to contaminated and raised oil level in the sump from failure of the DPF to regenerate. Mitsubishi contributing new engine, but customer to pay for fitting it.

What does a Mitsubishi L200 (2006 – 2015) cost?

List Price from £19,750 +VAT
Buy new from £18,822 +VAT
Contract hire from £196.50 +VAT pm
Lease from £177.62 +VAT pm