Long term report: Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi l200
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Cornwall is one of my favourite places in the UK, but it's fair to say that when they made all those narrow, winding roads they didn't have the L200 in mind.

As we headed to the coast for the weekend, The Beast, as the Mitsubishi has affectionately become known at AOL Cars Towers, was beginning to seem like a bad choice.

True, there's easily enough room in the back for plenty of luggage (and my wife likes to travel with a lot of luggage) but the prospect of having to reverse 100 metres to let an oncoming tractor come past wasn't appealing.

Fortunately, every bit of traffic I met was lower in the food chain than the L200 and they all let the leviathan pick-up truck through. And that's one of the things I like about driving this machine: other people get out of your way.

The L200 might not be ideally suited to my lifestyle but I really enjoy getting behind the wheel. There's plenty of space inside the double cab, while the lazy steering and security of the traction control system make it a relaxed drive. And the integrated sat nav and DAB audio system together with reversing camera and Bluetooth mean it's got all the goodies you'd want.

The pick-up market has seen major growth in the past 10 years and it's easy to see why the L200, which is such an important vehicle to Mitsubishi, has been at the forefront of this.

Author: Gareth Bethell (@garethbethell)

The knowledge

Model: Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian Double Cab
Price: £28,798 (as tested)
Engine: 2.5-litre diesel
Power: 175bhp, 350Nm
Max speed: 109mph
0-60mph: 13s
Emissions: 233g/km
Mileage this month: 1,191

This month's highlight

In black, the L200 is a mean steed. So mean in fact that other drivers simply get out of the way