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Mitsubishi L200 (2006-10)

Overall Rating

4 stars

No longer aimed at just workmen this lifestyle vehicle is just as much a fashion accessory as a vehicle suitable for weekends than just a work tool. Good equipment levels and cabins as comfortable as passenger cars.

For
  • Lifestyle choice
  • Excellent off-roader
  • Reliable engines
Against
  • Low quality material used in cab
  • Poor interior equipment spec
  • Old technology
Road Test

The cabin is dated for such a modern vehicle and sparse of equipment. Air conditioning is standard only on the Animal models. There's plenty of room for the front seat passengers, but not so much in the rear seats of the Double Cabs. The space instead is allotted to the huge rear pick-up bed. The standard audio system is underpowered and has to be turned up high to hear when driving. Single Cab and Double Cab GL models get a radio/cassette and just two speakers, 4-Life models have four speakers, and the Animal has a six-CD auto-changer. No sat nav or other clever telecommunications gadgets. L200 is absolutely solid and rigid in structure. Only the Animal models get ABS, and only the 4-Life and Animal have even driver and passenger front airbags; there are only lap seatbelts in the centre rear seats of the Double Cabs. An immobiliser is standard but there are no alarms or deadlocks. Mitsubishi's L200 pick-up range comprises the L200 Single Cab in either two or four-wheel drive and four-wheel drive only L200 Double Cab GL, 4-Life and Animal models. All L200 models have a 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine recently revised for more power and torque. They have also received a new grille and front bumper design. The performance belies the relatively modest 113 bhp figure quoted (88 bhp from the 2WD Single Cab) - the 2.5-litre diesel engine feels a lot stronger, largely due to its 177 lb ft (145 lb ft for 2WD) torque output. That means plenty of pulling power for towing and off-road progress. Despite being rather old-technology, the engines are relatively smooth and refined. A bumpy road, this pick-up bounces around the road as the big tyres hit the road through heavy-duty suspension. Mitsubishi makes indestructible off-roaders, and the L200's engines and mechanicals are long-proven. It should offer good reliability, and run to a high mileage without trouble. The popularity of Mitsubishi 4x4s means that the L200 range isn't particularly cheap for used buyers, unless you're looking at a work horse than has been flogged or used for dirty heavy work. The structural build and mechanical reliability makes them sensible purchases.

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Verdict

Reliable, trouble free engine and well built. Let down by low spec and poor interior but build is stylish and imposing and certainly makes a statement.

Mitsubishi L200 (2006-10)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality

4 stars

Reliability

4 stars

Performance

3 stars

Practicality

4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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