Harry Hill Car Road Test – Mitsubishi L200
Make and Model:
Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab DI-D 178 Pick Up Barbarian 4WD Auto
The new marketing leading pick was released late 2015 and with it claimed ‘WhatVan?’ Pick Up of the year. That is not something that comes without stiff competition and earns a lot of kudos in the arena. The L200 had over 300 improvements from the previous model and you can instantly see the improvements, whether it be exterior or interior. This is the best selling Pick Up of all time in the UK, and from what I can see, it will continue to be.
Completely overhauled. A more aggressive front grille, which is in chrome, automatically brings attention. Combined with Chrome mirror caps, you start to get the impression that this is going to be great. Higher sides on the rear keep the same load space but allow taller loads to be carried more securely.
Now this is where it has really stepped up. Full leather interior, and chrome door strips with Barbarian in blue lights, which give a luxurious feel to the cabin. New grab handles to help you in and out and a much needed improved navigation/audio system. This is now a Mitsubishi product, not Kenwood like in the previous model. A key feature is the soft open/close tailgate which is a real winner. If you have ever strained your arm/wrist and almost done some damage when opening, this new addition will make sure that can never happen again.
2.4 Diesel 178 BHP
Ride and Handling:
It is a Pick Up, it is not going to set the world on fire with going round corners. However, it is incredibly comfortable and does what is required of this type of vehicle. It is also well aided with a reverse camera, making it easy to park. The rear suspension is leaf spring, however, why change something that works so well?
Ford Ranger 3.2TDCi Wildtrak Auto
The L200 is not only a great work horse vehicle that has got comfort and luxury included within, it can also be a very attractive offering for business users with capped BIK tax. As it is classed as a commercial vehicle, it is treated like a van providing the payload is 1 tonne plus, which for both of these vehicles is the case. Total Motion offer both of these vehicles on a number of different finance arrangements for business users and private individuals. Back to the vehicle, do not look any further than this or the Ranger, as no other vehicle in class competes.
Overall Score (Out of 5):
4 out of 5