Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 4WD drivetrain indicator
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Cruise control
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • PAS
  • Seatbelt warning indicator
  • Service indicator
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • iPod/USB connection
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Stereo radio/CD with MP3 compatibility and 4 speakers

Exterior Features

  • Black door mirrors and handles
  • Black front grille
  • Body coloured front bumper
  • Chrome bar style side steps
  • Electric heated door mirrors
  • Front electric windows, one touch open/close + anti trap device
  • Front skid plate
  • Front variable intermittent wipers with washer
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Hinged rear doors
  • Mud flaps front and rear
  • Rear electric windows with anti-trap device
  • Tailgate pull down handle

Interior Features

  • 12V socket
  • Cargo bed hooks - inner
  • Double walled load bed and tailgate
  • Front centre armrest with storage bin
  • Front door pockets
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable rear headrest
  • Interior lamp with map reading lamps
  • Leather gearknob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Lockable glove box
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Rear seat centre armrest
  • Sunvisor with ticket holder drivers side and vanity mirror passengers side
  • Tilt adjustable steering wheel
  • Two tone cloth upholstery

Safety

  • 2nd Row ISOFIX child seat mountings
  • 2x3 point front seatbelts
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Child proof rear door locks
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Drivers airbag
  • Drivers and passenger side airbags
  • Emergency stop signal system
  • Front passenger airbag with deactivation
  • Front seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts

Security

  • Deadlocks
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Keyless entry system
  • Remote central locking
  • Steering column lock

Technical

  • ABS + EBD
  • Accessory socket in centre console
  • Active stability and traction control
  • Adj speed limiter
  • Brake assist
  • Heavy duty suspension
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear differential lock
  • Trailer stability assist

Wheels

  • 16" alloy wheels
  • Full size spare wheel

Emissions

CO

CO2 (g/km)

180

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

General

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

2.4

Badge Power

151

Based On ID

Battery Volts

12

Chassis Engine Number

Clutch

SINGLE DRY PLATE

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Brakes

VENTILATED DISCS

Front Suspension

COIL SPRINGS

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Hand Brake

REAR WHEELS

Insurance Group 1

Insurance Group 2

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Safety Assist %

81

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

84

Badge Power

4

Badge Engine CC

76

Vehicle Homologation Class

64

Running Cost League Headings

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

12

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

12500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

62500

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

5

Vehicle Homologation Class

N1

Vin/Frame No.

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

86

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

2442

Compression Ratio

15.5:1

Cooling System

WATER

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

6 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

16

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

105.1

Camshaft

DOHC

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

40.9

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

46.3

EC Urban (mpg)

34.4

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

12.2

Engine Power - BHP

151

Engine Power - KW

113

Engine Power - RPM

3500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

280

Engine Torque - MKG

38.8

Engine Torque - NM

380

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

105

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1775

Height (including roof rails)

Length

5205

Load Height

475

Load Length

1470

Side Load Door Height

Side Load Door Width

Wheelbase

3000

Width

1785

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.8

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

75

Gross Vehicle Weight

2900

Load Space Volume

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Roof Load

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

3100

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1855

No. of Seats

5

Max. Loading Weight

1045

On The Road

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

The 'Series 5' model has moved the L200 game on in all key areas; performance, towing ability, economy, emissions and carrying capacity. Of all the updates though, it's the improvements to driving dynamics that we reckon most potential owners will notice most. This vehicle was always good off road. On-tarmac though, like many pick-ups, it wasn't that easy to live with. This latest generation version is far better in this regard, offering less bodyroll, a more comfortable ride and better refinement. As a result, it's easier to envisage as an only car if you need a tough working vehicle for the week that can also transport the family around at weekends. True, an L200 isn't as affordable as it used to be - but many will feel that the Series 5 improvements make that a price worth paying. It's still the go-to choice if you're looking for a tough, well specified go-anywhere pick-up.

Background

If you're buying a pick-up in the UK, then it's highly likely that you'll be looking at Mitsubishi's L200. This model has, after all, historically out-sold all its rivals. Its market leadership has much to do with the fact that this Japanese brand got its act together faster than other contenders in this sector, being the first back in the Nineties to recognise that pick-up ownership could be extended beyond farmers and jobbing builders into the SUV lifestyle segment. As a result, the original L200 model was allowed to take almost half the British market in this sector before its rivals caught up. These days, this vehicle is far more sophisticated - as it has to be in order to hold its own against a raft of tough rivals. This 'Series 5' version features a modern chassis and engine package that makes this much more accomplished vehicle. Torsional rigidity is very competitive, as is power and torque and more effort has been put into its on-road manners as well as its off-road ones. In short, the Japanese maker has drawn heavily on over four decades of experience in this segment.

Driving Experience

There's only so much you can do to make a pick-up enjoyable to drive but Mitsubishi has made more effort in this regard this time round, conscious that any L200 is likely to spend the majority of its time on tarmac. This Series 5 version's chassis is complemented by re-developed suspension, plus there are new shock absorbing body mounts, which absorb vibrations better than before and provide a quieter, more comfortable cabin. Thanks to the stiff chassis (shared with Fiat),handling is better than you might expect from a pick-up and body roll, usually something of a problem in vehicles with higher centres of gravity, should be kept to a minimum. The suspension set-up, which includes a large stabiliser bar and stiff front springs, should allow the L200 to handle and ride with reasonable comfort and agility. The engine should impress too. With 178bhp and 430Nm of torque on-tap, the 2.4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel unit provides this L200 with strong performance, the 0-62mph time rated at 10.4s. As before, the L200 can be driven in either 2WD or 4WD on tarmac or off road. In addition, the L200 is the only pickup that can tow 3.5-tonnes on tarmac in four-wheel drive.

Design and Build

The exterior design of this 'Series 5' L200 model hasn't changed hugely. More striking and vibrant exterior lines project a more commanding road presence and typical owners will like the muscular, planted stance. Mitsubishi says that this vehicle's 'athleticism' is expressed through sharp, muscular surfaces and a taut 'belt line'. It's certainly true that some style has been added to areas like the lights and the door handles to accentuate the sleeker body and prevent it from looking too workmanlike. The interior too, looks more classy and car-like - and it's usefully more spacious too. Take a seat at the wheel and around you, you'll find a driver-centric dashboard that centres attention on the road and includes much of the kind of important equipment you'd expect to see in a premium car. Most UK buyers will continue to want the Doublecab bodystyle with its rear seat. Here, as before, it's nothing like as comfortable as it is in the front, but thanks to the chassis and suspension changes too, it'll be far more comfortable to ride in this part of the car over bumpy roads.

Market and Model

L200 pricing sits in the £22,500 to £37,000 bracket, which as expected, makes it competitive in its segment. There are four different specifications; the entry-level 4Life version, the Titan, the Warrior and the top-spec Barbarian model. Transmission-wise, there's a choice of either a six-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic with sport mode. If you go for the entry-level 4Life variant, bear in mind that you'll get an engine with a bit less power and torque, though it does offer an extra few mpg as consolation. Onto equipment. Many models come with features like dual-zone climate control and a satellite navigation system. As for safety, all variants get Mitsubishi's 'RISE' ('Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution') system, plus an on-board Active Stability & Traction Control set-up and seven airbags,