April 9, 2020

L200 still getting the job done

While it is undeniably true that the humble pick-up has moved up-market over the last decade, with an increasing number of luxuriously-trimmed models on offer from a range of manufacturers, there remains strong demand for a hard-working truck that simply gets the job done.

For Mitsubishi, that truck goes by the name of the L200 4Life. Mitsubishi offers a number of high specification models, including the new top-of-the-range Barbarian X, but the 4Life continues to take around 17% of the firm’s truck sales, making it an equally important player.

That said, those looking for a utility model in Mitsubishi’s Series 6 L200 line-up had to wait a while longer than the high-trim buyers. While the Barbarians and Warriors made the change from Series 5 to 6 last summer, it was November before the 4Life was added to the updated line-up.

There is no longer a single cab model in the L200 range, but 4Life trim is available in both Club Cab and Double Cab layouts. This Club Cab 4Life truck is therefore the first step on the Series 6 L200 ladder, a fact that is reflected in its very reasonable £21,735 list price.

It may offer less toys in the cab than those higher-trim models, but under the skin the 4Life is just as capable. It uses the same 2.2-litre engine, delivering 150hp and a sturdy 400Nm of torque. Mitsubishi claims that this torque output more than makes up for the drop in power over the previous generation’s 2.4-litre engine, and the L200 certainly seems to have enough get up and go for general use.

You get a six-speed manual gearbox in 4Life models and Mitsubishi’s part-time four-wheel drive system, one of the few that can be used in all-wheel drive on the road if the conditions get wet or slippery without damaging the driveline. Of course, the truck is equally capable off the road, with the 4Life L200 getting a rear differential lock, Active Stability and Traction Control and Mitsubishi’s Trailer Stability Assist systems as standard.

While there is no leather or multi-zone climate control, the Club Cab offers a relatively comfortable working environment. It comes with electric windows and mirrors, Auto Stop & Go, Bluetooth connectivity, central door locking and manual air conditioning.

Jump seats

There are two fold-down jump seats behind the driver and front seat passenger. They are very much for occasional use and when folded up, provide enough space to carry clothing and soft bags within the cab.

Of course, as the 2+2 cab is shorter than a full Double Cab, you get a longer loadbed and an increased carrying capacity. The 4Life can haul loads up to 1.85m within the bed and the truck offers a healthy 1,155kg of payload. As with all L200 pick-ups, the towing limit is set at 3.1-tonnes if the trailer has one or two axles, or 3.5-tonnes for trailers with three sets of wheels.

The L200 retains its relatively compact dimensions, compared to some of the larger models on the market, particularly in terms of width. This makes it an easy truck to pilot through town or on country lanes. The smaller engine does indeed feel smoother and offers plenty of acceleration when required. It also delivers a fairly quiet drive, even at motorway cruising speeds.

The truck rides well, offering a decent combination of handling and road holding, with or without a load in the back – drivers should have few complaints about Mitsubishi’s entry-level L200.

Of course, choosing a 4Life model is a working decision, more than a lifestyle one. For those companies that really need on and off-road access, a decent carrying capacity and towing ability, the L200 4Life ticks all of the boxes.