Mitsubishi L200 (2015–)

Last updated 3 July 2019

Versatile pick-up with more car-like handling than before, one-tonne payload capacity, extremely capable off-road, 2.4 diesel is more efficient than the old 2.5.
Load bed isn't as large as some of its rivals, ride can get uncomfortable on rough roads, five-speed auto is noisy.
Updated 9 November 2018
L200 facelifted for 2019

The one-tonne pick-up gets revised styling, with a new headlight and front grille design that aligns the L200 with Mitsubishi's SUV range. There are some minor changes in the cabin, with plastic frame...

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Introduction

The L200 is more an evolution than a revolution of Mitsubishi’s rough 'n' ready pick-up truck. As a result, the fifth-generation L200 is based on a heavily revised version of its predecessor’s double cab chassis.

It does, however, add a much needed dose of modernisation. This means the latest L200 retains its versatile load capacity, while offering lower running costs and some improvements in refinement and safety.

Power comes from a powerful 2.4-litre diesel that's more economical and cleaner than the old 2.5 unit, with the 150PS version returning an official 44.1mpg. The four-cylinder engine also produces more power, with the 180PS version producing 430Nm of torque and returning a claimed 42.8mpg. At launch, the 2.4 diesel was Euro5, but an engine update in mid-2016 provided Euro6 compliance. 

The maximum payload is almost identical to the old L200, 1045kg, while the towing limit at launch is 3.1 tonnes. From January 2018 the L200 was upgraded to increase its towing ability to 3.5 tonnes.

At launch, the L200 was limited to the double cab bodystyle. In 2016 Mitsubishi added single and club cab variants to the range. The quality of the cab has been improved, which means it's better suited for long trips, with better sound proofing and all-round comfort. All of the seats get thicker side bolsters and upper leg support, which makes them comfortable for long trips, while the spacious interior makes the L200 a comfortable fit for four adults. 

The L200 also feels a lot more composed on the road than before, with reduced body lean in the corners and a much better ride on the motorway. Indeed, the latest L200 is surprisingly hushed at high speeds, which makes it a pleasant place to be on long trips. A new six-speed gearbox is also standard, which means engine noise is kept down.  

That said, the suspension is still vulnerable to rough A roads and can get a bit bumpy. Pot holes are also a weak point, causing a sharp judder that reverberates through the cabin with alarming regularity. 

Compared to its pick-up rivals, the L200 has moved up the rankings when it comes to all-round ability and comfort. It has a useful load capacity and is surprisingly agile at low speeds thanks to its small turning circle and commanding driving position. It's just a pity the improvements are not extended to the single and club cab models, which would extend the load capacity even further. 

Long Term Test - Mitsubishi L200

Is the L200 pick-up as tough and practical as Mitsubishi claims? Honest John Vans tests one for six months to see how it copes with life as a daily driver.

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