Mitsubishi L200 Review

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Mitsubishi L200 Review

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The Mitsubishi L200 is very car like to drive, it is more like an SUV than a family car and it is easy to drive, we don't normally test pick-ups so we were not quite too sure what to expect.

Fitted as standard to 4Work and 4Life models, Easy Select 4WD combines the benefits of 2WD and locked 4WD in one easy-to-use system. During normal road conditions, the L200 operates in 2WD, saving fuel and reducing noise. But a shift-on-the-fly system, controlled by a second gear-lever on the centre console, allows the driver to select four-wheel drive at speeds of up to 100km/h (62mph). The torque is split 50/50 between the front and rear axle.

When the going gets really tricky, the driver can choose 4WD Low, which employs a set of low ratio gears. The torque split remains the same, but the low ratios offer the driver greater control in tough terrain, such as sand or deep mud. Models with Easy Select 4WD also benefit from the option of an electronically controlled rear differential locking system - below 12km/h (7mph), a switch on the dashboard locks the rear differential, providing optimum traction on loose surfaces.

Little wonder that the L200 has always been a popular choice with building contractors.

Warrior and Barbarian models are equipped with a more sophisticated four-wheel drive system - Super Select 4WD. This system combines the advantages of Easy Select 4WD - including the ability to shift-on-the fly at up to 62mph - with the added benefit of a 4H (full-time 4WD with a high gear ratio) mode. In normal driving conditions, torque is distributed 50/50 front-to-rear, but if a loss of traction is detected, the viscous coupling centre differential will distribute more torque to the axle with the most traction.

The 4H mode can be used at any speed and for any road condition. The system, which is shared with the Mitsubishi Shogun, has tremendous advantages for drivers who regularly tow or face poor weather conditions.

Ease of Use

The Mitsubishi L200 is very car like to drive, it is more like an SUV than a family car and it is easy to drive, we don't normally test pick-ups so we were not quite too sure what to expect.

It was very easy to park and all round visibility was very good, even when having to reverse park in town. The rear view camera was particularly useful when reversing such as large vehicle and the display was very clear. The rear side and central windows can be lowered, enabling you to clearly see out through the rear load area.

You cannot expect the turning circle of a car but it isn't that bad and at 5.9 meters it is the best in its class. The only other thing to get used to - is its length and width so it does require some thought before manoeuvring.

Proof of a good design is provided not only by its style, but also by its functionality. The L200 has been developed specifically for the European market. At 5m long and 1.8m wide, it's appreciably shorter and narrower than its key rivals, and is therefore better suited to the UK's cramped driving conditions. For example, it can fit in a standard European, 5.0m, parking bay.

Despite its user-friendly dimensions, the Mitsubishi L200 remains a practical holdall. Every model can accommodate a Euro pallet in its double-walled, galvanised cargo bed. The tailgate can also be lowered through 180 degrees to facilitate forklift loading. The L200 has a one tonne payload capacity and a 2.7 tonne towing capacity.

We found the tailgate very heavy to operate and didn't like the fact that you can't lock it which would especially useful if young children are about as it could be opened and drop on them.

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Mitsubishi L200 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMitsubishi L200 Barbarian
  
Body Type4x4
ColourEisen Grey
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph13 Seconds
Top Speed 109 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban25 mpg
Extra Urban34 mpg
Combined30.1 mpg
  
Insurance Group10
Euro NCAP Rating4 Stars
Warranty1 Year / 12,500 miles
Price (when tested on the 29/07/10)£ 25,978.80

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