Mitsubishi L200 Car Review | Mitsubishi L200 2.5 | Mitsubishi Luxury Pick Ups | Mitsubishi L200 Car Price

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Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200

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Auto Trader Ten Point Test rating: 76%

Luxury pick-ups are a popular choice with owners looking for the versatility of a commercial vehicle with the comfort and convenience of a passenger car.

The Mitsubishi L200 has dominated the UK pick-up market since 1998, and continues to sell in huge numbers, despite the partial closure of a tax loophole which meant company car drivers could run one while paying very little tax.

So, is the Mitsubishi L200 Warrior a flash builder#8217;s van, or a comfy family wagon?

1. Looks 8/10

There are few cars which divide opinion like the L200. Some love the Tonka Toy looks, while others find it menacing and ugly. Inspired by the Paris-Dakar Rally-winning Pajero Evolution, the L200 certainly draws attraction, with men and women commenting or complimenting on the big pick-up.

The Warrior gets plenty of bling in the shape of 17 inch alloy wheels and chrome side steps, wing mirrors and roll bars.

2. Looks inside 7/10

The interior reveals its commercial vehicle roots. Bland it may be, but the plastic dash, door cards and centre console look like they#8217;ll stand up to a lot of abuse. You#8217;re not buying an L200 for sumptuous comfort #8211; rugged charm is the order of the day. Far better are the leather seats, which carry the Warrior logo.

There#8217;s plenty of space in the back, and legroom which puts some so-called family cars to shame.

3. Practicality 7/10

Strangely the L200 isn#8217;t as practical as we had hoped. With an impending house move, it was pressed into service to move furniture, but the load bed#8217;s optional solid tonneau cover prevented taller objects being carried. There was no obvious way to remove it, either. Although it can keep tools out of sight, the two cheap locks would be no challenge to a determined thief.

Another frustration with this the lack of central locking for the cover, which had to be opened before the tailgate could be lowered. The optional #8217;sports utility tops#8217; can make the pick-up look more like a van, and should be cavernous enough to cram loads of gear into. In the cabin, there were several cubbyholes to store odds and ends.

4. Ride and Handling 6/10

Antiquated leaf-spring suspension allows the L200 to carry heavy loads (more than 2.3 tonnes), but does little to improve the handling or ride. Here more than anywhere else, the Warrior reveals its more humble underpinnings.

In the wet, we opted to shift it into four wheel drive mode, as the rear end had a propensity to slide when pulling onto a fast moving road from a side turning. The ride was soft and bouncy, and was quite comfortable. Less comfy was the engine noise and vibration at speed.

5. Performance 6/10

Our automatic test car seemed quicker than its 17.8 second 0-60mph dash would indicate. Only the most hardened van driver would be brave enough to verify the 103mph top speed. The 134bhp engine had a fair whack of pulling power, which made overtaking a painless affair.

We#8217;ve driven the previous generation L200 off-road, where it performs excellently. There#8217;s very little difference in performance in two or four wheel drive modes, and the driver can shift between configurations at up to 60mph.

6. Running Costs 8/10

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Mitsubishi quote 29.7mpg for our automatic Warrior, against 32.8mpg for the manual. That#8217;s not bad, considering it’s a 1.8 tonne 4#215;4. Depreciation is better than most pick-up trucks, due to its desirability with image-conscious dudes, although one-year-old models are trading a few thousand below the new list price.

Servicing is every year or 12,500 miles, while there#8217;s a hefty 3 year/100,000 mile warranty, 12-year corrosion warranty and a three year European breakdown cover.

7. Reliability 9/10

There have been no concerns over reliability as yet, and mechanically and cosmetically it looks like it could withstand a nuclear assault. Even shifting from two and four wheel drive modes is refreshingly mechanical, rather than relying on a complex electronic system

8. Safety 8/10

With slightly suspect handling, Mitsubishi has employed several different systems to keep the wheels pointing downwards and the roof skywards. ASTC combines stability control and traction control to maximise grip, and ABS with brake force distribution helps to prevent skidding. The braking system adapts depending on the weight of the load carried.

Standard features of the range include driver and passenger airbag (complete with passenger side deactivation switch), collapsible steering column and ISOFIX child seat brackets on the four-door Double Cab versions. Mitsubishi hope the L200 will be the first one tonne pick-up to achieve a four star EuroNCAP rating.

9. Equipment 8/10

Everything barring satellite navigation. The Warrior comes with climate control, a CD player, remote central locking, electric windows all round, electric mirrors, a trip computer, tinted glass, 17 inch alloy wheels, side steps and plenty of chrome paraphernalia. The only thing we missed was some sort of central locking for the tonneau cover

10. X-Factor 9/10

The L200 Warrior is officially cool, and can make the occupants feel like the A-Team. The shortcomings in its refinement, performance and handling are also part of its charm #8211; the L200 is a tool to be used and abused, not polished.

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