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The Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 pickup first went on sale in September 2015, as the first of seven new-generation pickups launched between 2015 and 2017. And it set the standard high, with impressive fuel economy, good off-road ability and a whole host of safety systems.
The fifth-generation L200 comes in four standard trim levels:
Each is well equipped versus Mitsubishi's rivals - which include the Isuzu D-Max, Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara - making great value one of the L200's strongest attributes.
A special edition Barbarian SVP model joined the range in 2017, but was limited to just 250 examples.
The L200 also forms the basis of the Fiat Fullback pickup.
The L200 was initially only available in the popular Double Cab bodystyle, meaning four doors, five seats, and a smaller load area.
However, in August 2016, Mitsubishi added Single Cab and Club Cab variants in basic 4Life specification, targetting buyers who need a working truck rather than the lifestyle crowd.
At the same time, Mitsubishi announced an upgrade to the L200's 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine, bringing it in line with the latest Euro 6 emissions requirements.
This had no impact on the engine's output. All-new at launch in 2015, this continues to be sold with 154hp / 380Nm in low-power guise and 181hp / 430Nm as a high-power version.
Both engine variants offer sprightly performance thanks to the L200's relatively light weight, and refinement that makes them easy to live with.
A six-speed gearbox is standard, a five-speed automatic is optional.
There was a further upgrade in January 2018, when Mitsubishi announced it had re-engineered the L200 with additional chassis reinforemcent to increased the towing capacity from a limited 3.1 tonnes to a best-in-class matching 3.5 tonnes.
The nature of its 4x4 system also means this made it the only pickup on sale in the UK able to tow 3.5 tonnes on tarmac in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive modes.
Mitsubishi L200 upgraded to tow 3.5 tonnes in 2018
A relatively compact pickup by modern standard, the L200 is nimble to drive with a turning circle better than most and plenty of poke from its freshly developed 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine. It performs well on and off road.
Keen pricing and lots of standard kit make it a great choice for those who are looking for maximum value for money, and it was runner up in the pickup category at the 2018 Parkers New Car Awards.
Just be aware that the load area is small and the maximum payload rating falls far short of the strongest competitors. It's still definitely one for your shortlist.
We also have the following individual Mitsubishi L200 model reviews:
Mitsubishi L200 181hp Double Cab Barbarian review - tested August 2015
Mitsubishi L200 154hp Double Cab 4Life review - tested February 2016
Mitsubishi L200 181hp Double Cab Barbarian auto review - tested July 2016
Mitsubishi L200 154hp Club Cab 4Life review - tested August 2016
Mitsubishi L200 154hp Single Cab 4Life review - tested November 2016
Mitsubishi L200 181hp Double Cab Warrior auto review - tested March 2017
Mitsubishi L200 181hp Double Cab Barbarian SVP auto review - tested August 2017
Accessing the cab is a lot easier than it was in the previous L200 thanks to the side steps that are standard on all but the Single Cab; Double Cab models get remote keyless entry right across the range, too.
Considering the advances made elsewhere on the Mitsubishi L200, the interior is a rather uninspiring design. We'd even argue it looks more dated than its predecessor thanks to the boring square buttons and general lack of style.
Nevertheless, all of the materials seem hard-wearing and the cab is very comfortable, with a smaller steering wheel that's now rake adjustable, six-way adjustable driving seat with memory foam cushion, and increased travel to accommodate taller drivers.
Plus there are steering wheel-mounted controls and good all-round visibility thanks to the short and low dashboard and large rear window. Storage is a bit of an issue, though, with only a limited number of covered compartments around the cab.
Standard equipment is generous across the L200 range, starting with the entry-level 4Life specification, which features air-conditioning, electric windows and Bluetooth with audio streaming standard on every model - even the most basic Single Cab.
The Club Cab version adds alloy wheels and the additional, rear-hinged doors that enable access to a set of 'temporary' rear seats. These are designed for occasional journeys only, or you can flip them up to use the space as secure in-cab storage.
For proper backseat luxury, look to the Double Cab, which has a lot of legroom and the backrests inclined at a comfortable 42 degrees. All lifestyle versions of the L200 come in this bodystyle only, starting with the Titan model.
Powering the Series 5 Mitsubishi L200 is a 2.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine, with two ratings of 154hp/380Nm and 181hp/430Nm. The variable geometry turbocharger means it’s a lot more responsive, and the higher output L200 reaches 62mph in just 10.4 seconds.
All versions have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the Warrior and Barbarian Double Cabs available with an optional five-speed automatic.
The L200 has always been quite utilitarian to drive and during our early encounters with this model we found a number of recognisable characteristics carried over from the previous generation, including a notchy gearchange and noisy engine. However, subsequent examples tested have proved better in both regards.
The optional automatic is relatively smooth, and comes with paddleshifters and a sport mode. But it can be hesitant and is no match for newer automatics like eight-speed unit fitted to the Volkswagen Amarok.
There are also areas of definite improvement. The Mitsubishi is a lot more agile now, with a turning circle of just 5.9 metres - which is very impressive for a pickup.
The steering is precise, and the L200 is keen to change direction, with plenty grip at the front to follow this through.
It also feels more composed and refined on the road, while increased structual strength aids stability. The amount of road noise has been dramatically reduced, as has the body roll generated in the corners, although it is still outperformed in both these areas by the Ford Ranger and VW Amarok.
There are two four-wheel drive (4WD) systems available on the L200: Easy Select on 4Life models, and Super Select on the Titan, Warrior and Barbarian trim levels. Both versions feature electronic rather than mechanical activation controls for the first time.
Easy Select has three settings; 2WD High, 4WD High and 4WD Low, while the Super Select has the extra 4WD High with centre differential lock.
The centre differential is useful, as it allows the L200 to be driven on the road with four-wheel drive engaged, something only the expensive Amarok also offers.
The Mitsubishi L200 has always performed very strongly off road, and this fifth-generation model is no exception.
The L200 has maximum approach and departure angles of 30 and 25 degrees respectively (22 degrees departure on Double Cabs fitted with the rear bumper), and 200mm ground clearance.
There is no high-tech hill descent control, but we found that the engine braking was more than up to the task of keeping things controlled on a 35 degree descent without the need to apply the footbrake.