With its hefty kerbweight, the Mitsubishi L200 will tow most tourers. However, there are certain compromises. While the latest version of the L200 is more economical and emits less than its predecessors, this is still a thirsty car. Expect an official figure of 34mpg.
The 2.5 DI-D pulls well enough, though, hauling car and caravan from 30-60mph in 15.3 seconds. The volume of engine noise and bouncy ride soon become wearing, however. In a straight line the odd steering correction was needed between 60 and 70mph but nothing untoward.
However, in the lane-change test the slow-witted steering had the driver working hard to make each turn. The unsophisticated rear suspension struggled to cope with pushing and pulling from the caravan, which unsettled the L200 too easily. Hill starts are much more to the Mitsubishi’s liking. So long as the handbrake was pulled firmly, the outfit held steady, and the L200 pulled up the slope easily going forwards or in reverse. In slippery conditions you can select four-wheel drive, although throughout our tests the L200 coped just fine sending power to two wheels.