Pick-ups can be very tax-efficient if you’re self-employed, but that’s not the only reason to choose one. The huge load bay that makes the L200 such a good workhorse easily swallowed our test load. It was also pleasing to see a normal-sized spare wheel.
On the test track, the Mitsubishi shot up the 1-in-6 slope in both two- and four-wheel-drive modes. But from there on in, it was all downhill. The L200 struggled
from 30-60mph in a woeful 21.4 seconds, the engine seemingly producing more noise than power. The slow-witted steering required lots of arm-twirling to get through the lane-change test, and the rear suspension is built for heavy loads rather than comfort. Combined fuel economy of 29.7mpg when driving solo doesn’t help, either.