Mitsubishi L200 (2015–2019)

Last updated 17 September 2019

Mitsubishi is keen to emphasise that this, the fifth-generation L200, is the most refined and car-like pick-up truck the UK has ever seen. That's a bold claim, but there are some facts to back it up.

The headline improvements come from Mitsubishi's four-cylinder 2.4-litre diesel engine, which is quieter, lighter and more economical than the 2.5 diesel it replaces. The engine returns up to 42.8mpg, while emissions have been slashed to 169g/km of CO2 - almost 100g/km less and 10mpg better than the 3.2-litre Ford Ranger. A 150PS version is also available, increasing claimed economy to 44.1mpg.

At launch, in 2015, the 2.4-litre diesel engine met Euro5 emission standards; however an engine update in August 2016 provided compliance with Euro6. The 2.4 common-rail diesel packs a punch, producing 180PS and 430Nm of torque, which means it will cover 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds and pull 3.1 tonnes when hooked to a braked trailer. The maximum payload is 1045kg. 

Power delivery is impressive, thanks to a updated traction control system and six-speed manual gearbox that provides shorter gear shifts. The old five-speed auto is also available, but is noisy and unrefined in comparison to the slick six-speed manual. The automatic also cuts economy to a claimed 39.2mpg. 

Like its predecessor, the L200 uses a ladder chassis frame with leaf springs at the rear. This gives it the same truck-feel on the road as the old model, with woolly steering and a distinct lack of feel in the throttle and brake pedals. There are improvements though, with reduced engine and road noise being the chief changes. The suspension has also been updated to reduce body lean in the corners.

The L200 is also more agile at low speeds, with a turning circle of 11.8 meters, although it's still a tricky vehicle to park. The optional rearview camera is a handy extra. The L200 is also prone to feeling unsettled on rough A and B roads, where the ride can get bumpy.

Pot holes are the biggest problem, resulting in jarring vibrations that judder right through the cabin. It is also easy to spin the rear-wheels in the wet although the updated traction and stability control system does a lot better at keeping this in check.

Off-road the Mitsubishi is capable and easy to use, thanks to a new electronic four-wheel drive system. Most models get Super Select four-wheel drive as standard, which lets the driver choose between two or four-wheel drive on the move and there's also a low-range diff-locked option for tackling mud and steep inclines. 

The L200 also gets a lot more safety kit, with seven airbags, trailer stability assist and a new traction and stability control system that makes the rear end less prone to kicking out in the wet.

Higher trims get Super Select four-wheel drive system which allows the L200 to be driven in four-wheel drive full time, along with four driving modes and a torque-sensing Torsen differential. To be honest, the L200 is perfectly refined for two-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive only needed for off-roading or driving in harsh winter conditions. 

Engine Fuel tank MPG CO2
1.8 DI-D 5 60 L 54 mpg 136 g/km
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