The latest fifth-generation L200 gives buyers chunky looks and high levels of standard kit. The dual-cab version’s extra seats mean it can double as a family car for small-business buyers. A variety of optional load covers will mean you can protect the cargo from the elements and from prying eyes.
It’s powered by a modern 2.4 litre common rail diesel engine with variable valve timing and a choice of six-speed manual or a five-speed auto with paddle shifts on the steering wheel. Combined fuel economy is up to 44 mpg, depending on the trim level. 4Life models deliver 151bhp, with other trim levels getting a more powerful 178bhp state of tune.
There are four different levels of trim, starting with 4Life and going up through Titan and Warrior to the range-topping Barbarian. They all come with air-conditioning, Bi-xenon headlamps and a selectable 4x4 system. Titan models add 17-inch alloys, privacy glass, a DAB radio and Mitsubishi's Super Select 4WD system from the Shogun that will automatically send power to the wheels with most grip. For really tough conditions, there are lo- ratio gears and a lockable centre differential.
All L220s get safety features that include seven airbags, traction control, an adjustable speed limiter and Trailer Stability Assist. Titans and above also benefit from lane-departure warning. There are also hill-start assist and hazard lights that trigger automatically under hard braking.
In the back there’s a carrying capacity of 1,050kg, and there's the bonus of a generous 3,100kg maximum towing weight. Being over 1,000kg, of course, means it qualifies for lower commercial vehicle rates of company car tax. The load space space itself is 1,470mm square and 475mm deep, but the wheel arches do limit the width available. There are six securing points to stop loads sliding around. Higher-spec versions have a step in the rear bumper for easier access, and Barbarian versions have a soft-opening tailgate.
In the cab there are clear instruments, and in the upper trim levels a touchscreen on the centre console. Some of the minor switches do look a bit dated by today’s standards, though. There’s plenty of passenger space for adults in the rear, even with a tall driver up front. Storage is provided by door bins, a box between the front seats and a small glovebox. The ride won’t impress those used to car standards, but the L200 does avoid the hard, bouncy style of many pick-ups on the market.
The L200 is designed for a tough life, and it has a separate reinforced ladder frame chassis. It comes with a five-year warranty and 12-year anti-corrosion cover, though, so it should have a long and reliable life whatever you throw at it. Services are at one-year or 12,500-mile intervals. All in all, this is a good choice of van.