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First Drive: Mitsubishi L200

The new Mitsubishi L200 starts at €27,359 ex VAT

The new Mitsubishi L200 starts at €27,359 ex VAT

On sale here next month we check out Mitsubishi’s new L200 writes Suzanne Keane

What is it? Crew cabs may have vanished off our roads over the past few years but with the expected growth in the construction industry kicking off Mitsubishi are launching their 5th generation L200 double cab at just the right time.

First impressions of the new L200: The L200 has retained its iconic styling but the new model has a slightly curvier appearance with lots of chrome detailing and 17” alloys as standard.

What about the interior? Step up into the cabin and you’ll find a leather multi-function steering wheel, USB connectivity and a 6.1” touchscreen. The interior is quite basic but should be easy to keep clean and has plenty of room for 5 as it’s 20mm longer inside than the previous model which gives it the longest cabin length in its class. There’s also hidden storage space behind the rear seats for valuable tools.

And on the road? The 2.4 engine provides plenty of pulling power – which was proven by many wheel spins in 2wd mode on the wet and slippy test route! It’s not the quietest or most refined diesel engine out there and the almost 3 tonne body doesn’t encourage spirited driving but the L200 is designed to be a practical workhorse and has a payload of 1,050kg to prove it.

The new L200  provides improved cabin comfort and ride

The new L200 provides improved cabin comfort and ride

How Much? Road tax on both the manual and automatic versions will set you back just €333 and combined consumption is just 6.6l/100km (7.2 in the auto version). The L200 starts at €27,359 ex VAT.

How Safe? The L200 now comes with many safety features as standard such as 7 airbags, Lane Departure Warning, Trailer Stability Assist and 2 ISOfix fittings in the back.

What about my options: Available with a choice of either a 6 speed manual or a 5 speed automatic  both are powered by a 2.4L 181PS Diesel engine and four wheel drive. Bluetooth, USB connectivity, leather multi-function steering wheel, air conditioning, reversing camera and cruise control all come as standard.

3 words to describe the Mitsubishi L200:  Spacious, Rugged; Robust.

 

For more information on the L200 check out Mitsubishi Motors or the Mitsubishi Facebook page

 

Suzanne Keane

27th August, 2015

 

 

Author: Suzanne Keane

A confirmed petrol head with a penchant for Retro VW’s, Suzanne has been taking apart (and sometimes putting back together) her own cars for years! You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @_suzannekeane

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