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Competent workman

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Five-speed gearbox

Agricultural 2.5-litre engine

Japanese pick-up trucks used to have the market sown-up, and with its macho Barbarian trim styling the L200 was one of the most desirable and distinctive of the old-guard. 

First Drive Impressions

Its rippled bonnet, angular yet sleek curves and dashes of chrome detailing still look fresh in the line-up and now Euro-5 compliant, its 2.5-litre 173hp engine should do the business on paper.

On start-up there is noticeable vibration through the seats and steering wheel, but once on the move the engine settles to deliver 400Nm of torque from 200rpm. It feels adequate without being exceptional, and must be kept within the sweet spot of 1,800-2,300rpm, but is more than capable of hauling the vehicle, driver and 50% payload up a steep incline on tickover in low range. With only five gears the L200’s engine feels more stressed than its rivals as you progress up the gears, a point that was reflected in the overall cabin noise where the L200 is consistently amongst the noisiest, especially at a true 70mph where it hums at 2,500rpm.

We like the Mitsubishi for its positive gearshift, with a smooth action and ideal positioning, but found the low-range ‘box hard to engage at times and its gearing to be too short. Aside from a few minor highlights, including its tough interior, the L200 is fairly average when compared to the competition and is perhaps best summed up with the faint praise one Van Advisor tester gave it: The L200 is ‘a workmanlike vehicle that does most things competently’, adding that it is ‘adequate without ever being exciting’.

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