23 November 2016

Full Mitsubishi L200 (15 on) Model Review

by CJ Hubbard, Van Editor

Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab pickup truck
  • Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab, Crew Cab and Double Cab
  • Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab
  • Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab
  • Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab
  • Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab
  • Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab
  • Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab
  • Entry-level Mitsubishi pickup truck tested
  • Two doors, two seats, extended load area
  • Cheap and great value, but rivals more practical
Mitsubishi L200 (15 on) 2.5 DI-D (151bhp) Single Cab 4Life 4WD - Road Test
This is the cheapest, most basic version of the latest, fifth-generation Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck, the 4Life Single Cab, and at launch it is priced at just £17,999 plus VAT.

This is the cheapest, most basic version of the latest, fifth-generation Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck, the 4Life Single Cab, and at launch it is priced at just £17,999 plus VAT.

That’s just a couple of hundred quid more than the equivalent Isuzu D-Max, and over a grand less than the lowliest Toyota Hilux. For this kind of money you’d be right to expect a stripped out, bare bones experience – but Mitsubishi doesn’t quite treat you like that.

This pickup, like every other current L200, comes with air conditioning, four-wheel drive and Bluetooth as standard, among many other items of fitted equipment. Put that together with the five-year warranty and you’ve got extremely solid value.

But is it actually any good? Let’s find out.

Single cab = maximum working capacity

The L200 Single Cab was added to the Mitsubishi L200 range in September 2016, alongside the Crew Cab that we’ve reviewed separately; up until this point, the L200 gen 5 range was limited to Double Cab models only.

Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab

We’ve gone into full detail about what all the cab variants mean in the Crew Cab review (which you can read by clicking here), but simply put, the Single Cab has just two doors and two seats. While this obviously limits the amount of human cargo, compensation comes in the form of a significantly extended load area, making this a more practical truck.

It is, without a shadow of a doubt, a working vehicle rather than a lifestyle model – hence only being available in the basic 4Life specification.

Load area dimensions and payload

The Mitsubishi L200 Single Cab has the following load area dimensions:

  • Maximum load length: 2,265mm
  • Maximum load width: 1,470mm
  • Load bed side wall height: 475mm

That’s some 415mm greater load length than the L200 Crew Cab, and 745mm longer than the L200 Double Cab. Payload capacity is 1,060kg – 15kg higher than either Mitsubishi alternative, though towing capacity is limited to the same 3.0-tonnes as the Crew Cab.

Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab

This all looks pretty impressive in isolation, but both the Isuzu and Toyota single-cab rivals have longer and wider load areas, higher payload ratings and greater towing capability.

So although this is the most practical L200, it isn’t the most practical single-cab pickup.

So why should I buy the L200?

One of the reasons the L200 doesn’t quite carry as much as its competitors is that it’s a physically smaller vehicle – not by much, but enough to make it one of the most manoeuvrable pickups on sale. This might prove useful if your regular routes are tight, but in most circumstances this is still a large truck that demands care and attention from behind the wheel.

A better reason to consider buying one is the value. All of the following are fitted as standard:

Combined with that £17,999 list price, this puts the L200 at such a value advantage over the competition that it’s easy to overlook a few missing millimetres of load area and kilograms of load capacity. And even the plain and uninspiring interior.

What about running costs?

You can only get the L200 Single Cab with a 152hp 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine. This is reasonably efficient at a claimed 40.9mpg – the same as the Crew Cab but the lower weight of the two-door, two-seat body means you should find this L200 variant the most fuel efficient out in the real world.

Mitsubishi has also managed to meet Euro 6 emissions regulations without resorting to the extra weight, expense and complexity of an AdBlue tank – which means you won’t have to fork out more money to fill this up every few thousand miles. The L200 uses a simple NOx trap instead (though note that some experts we’ve spoken to reckon such systems won’t last as well in the long run).

On a similar subject, service intervals are 12,500 miles – not the longest, but Mitsubishi says more regular maintenance should prevent unexpected larger bills.

Meanwhile, the five-year warranty is limited to 65,000 miles as standard, but can be upgraded to match the Isuzu D-Max’s 125,000-mile coverage for a small fee (£250 excluding VAT at time of writing).

What’s the L200 like to drive?

Impressive in some areas, not so much in others. The engine is surprisingly refined – something Mitsubishi seems to have been working on as we weren’t left with that impression in our original review of this model. You can barely hear it when cruising, and it only really becomes disturbing when revved hard. 380Nm of torque means you don’t have to do this too often.

The six-speed manual gearbox is less easy to warm to – notchy and occasionally vague. And although the steering is light and accurate enough, this is a bouncy, slightly tippee-toed driving experience if you have to go any distance without any kind of load in the back, rolling through the turns and lurching over bumps.

Mitsubishi L200 4Life Single Cab

Still, with not only four-wheel drive but the ability to lock the rear differential for increased traction it is good off-road – even on regular road tyres – and our test vehicle was finished in UN-spec white, attracting smiles and waves wherever we went for some reason. Are they that desperate for peace keepers in the wilds of Cambridge? We digress…

Verdict

Consider the load area and payload capacity limitations carefully, but if it’s got the space and strength to cover your needs then the L200 4Life Single Cab is an excellent choice. While the interior is a very much on the plain side, for a working truck it comes very well equipped, is easy to drive and covered by a reassuringly length warranty. And it’s hard to argue with any of that.

Also Consider:

Isuzu D-Max (read the full review by clicking here)

Toyota Hilux (read the full review by clicking here)

Nissan Navara (read the full review by clicking here)

 

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