Mitsubishi L200 Review

Mitsubishi L200 in the Mud

Mitsubishi L200 in the Mud

When a new version of the Mitsubishi L200 was launched back in 2007, most of the press attention was focused on the private sale market. These were butch-looking 4x4 pick-up trucks that looked the part but had plenty of creature comforts inside. With chrome detailing on the bodywork and leather seating in the cabin, these were small trucks to be seen in rather than to work in. Mitsubishi is not a company to miss a trick, however, and they made sure that the L200 line also had some far more practical versions. These may not have had the trim or the evocative names, such as Warrior, but they did have some pretty useful features.

The practical line was called the 4Work range, and it was aptly named. These are good, solid vehicles and they came in a number of factory bodies, such as the tipper. With a choice of single, double or club cabs, it was a pretty versatile beast, too. These L200 tippers had go-anywhere 4x4 capabilities and were designed with the needs of the most demanding operators in mind.

You could get a basic 4Work L200 for a little over £12,000, although the tipper was priced at £17,000. For this you got a couple of airbags, a limited slip differential, ABS with brake force distribution and a CD player with an MP3 socket. The four-wheel drive was selectable, and you also got a height-adjustable driver's seat. If this spec wasn't generous enough, you could always go for the 4Life version, which added air conditioning, an engine immobiliser and central locking to the mix.

Pop the bonnet and you will find Mitsubishi's renowned four-cylinder 2.5 litre diesel engine with common rail fuel injection. This unit gave out 134bhp and offered an impressive 231torque at a low 2,000 rpm. This combination translated into a truck with a great deal of pulling power. The payload was perhaps not so impressive at 903kg, but it is adequate for most uses that a truck of this size encounters. Mitsubishi also said that the L200 could get 33mpg on the combined cycle, so fuel costs shouldn't break the bank.

Payload is 903kg, and Mitsubishi reckons the L200 should be good for 32.8mpg on the combined cycle.

The L200 tipper really is a proper beast, with a huge chassis and a load area of 171cm by 241cm. In old money, that makes a loading bed almost eight feet in length. There are plenty of useful lashing eyes and the rear and both sides of the tipper area fold down to allow for easy access. The L200 also has a locking tool box mounted on the near side.

Inside the cab, the driver and his crew are kept separate from the load area by a mesh divider, which is reassuring but can hamper the rear view. Storage space is a little on the mean side, but there is a useful 12v socket for accessories. The four-wheel-drive mechanism is engaged in high or low gear by a simple lever next to the gear stick, and operating the tipper couldn't be easier either. There is just one button for up and another for down. This mechanism has been positioned to the rear of the driver's seat and needs the seat moved to be operated. It is a slight inconvenience but does mean that the tipper shouldn't be operated accidentally.

With a top speed of 103mph and serious off-road credentials, the Mitsubishi L200 tipper is a pretty decent option for anyone looking for a no-nonsense truck in this sector.

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