Versatile, capable, powerful and sturdy, the Mitsubishi L200 is rugged and muscular on the outside, yet has a generous helping of SUV-like comfort and refinement on the inside. It's just celebrated its 40th birthday, but Mitsubishi is constantly updating the L200, meaning this good-looking pick-up truck remains a strong and perhaps slightly unsung contender in the market.
There are three versions of the L200: a two-seater single cab, a four-seater club cab and a five-seater double cab. It can carry a payload of up to 1,060kg or 2.23m in length (the single cab has the longest load bay), and the very newest models can tow up to 3,500kg, while still carrying a further 590kg in the load bed. Six load hooks keep cargo secure.
The cabin is spacious, comfortable and solidly built, with supportive seats and plenty of storage, including cup holders, door bins with bottle holders and an illuminated, lockable glovebox. A high driving position and sloped bonnet provide a good view of the road, and the steering wheel is tilt-adjustable (with telescopic adjustment too on some models). An audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity is standard, and steering-wheel-mounted controls make it easy to use while driving.
The L200 is quiet, powerful and pleasant at high speeds and agile around town, with car-like handling and a turning circle of just 11.8m – plus at just 1.78m high, you won't have problems taking it to the carwash or parking it in a multi-storey. It's extremely capable off-road, of course, and all models have four-wheel drive.
Recent used L200s are powered by a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder 16-valve diesel engine, which produces up to 176bhp and 317lb ft of torque, and hits 0-62mph in as little as 10.4 seconds, with a top speed of 111mph. It's mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic, and fuel economy is up to 41mpg.
Standard safety equipment is legion, and includes driver and front passenger airbags, trailer stability assist, hill start assist – which stops you rolling backwards – and ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist. Front seatbelt pretensioners, side impact bars and stability and traction control are also standard, as is an emergency stop signal, which flashes the hazard warning lights to alert other drivers if you come to a sudden halt.
Second-hand L200s from 2015 onwards may still be under the manufacturer's five-year / 62,500-mile warranty,as well as the 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.
If you'd like to test drive a used Mitsubishi L200in Kent, just give us a call at our Vanwise Group dealership on 01622 233151. All our used vans in Maidstone undergo careful checks before they go on sale, and with our range of used van finance agreements, you can find the best way to fund your purchase.