Pick-up of the Year 2017: Mitsubishi L200

Pick-up of the Year 2017: Mitsubishi L200

Pick-up of the Year 2017: Mitsubishi L200

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The Mitsubishi L200 is the 2017 Auto Communicate Pick-up of the Year, with the Fiat Fullback and Nissan Navara commended

We’re in the halfway point of a pick-up truck boom, with newcomers from Fiat, Isuzu and Volkswagen being launched in the over 12 months. However, it’s still the Mitsubishi L200 that ticks all the moral boxes, and so it takes our award for the third year running.

With its powerful diesel, a sustained list of standard kit on the majority of models, and relatively tidy, car-like handling, the L200 is the superlative package currently on offer in the sector – and at an affordable price. In many ways its lot of talents means it’s worth considering over many SUVs, especially if you are looking at a 4×4 as a assemblage car.

Fixed-rate Benefit In Kind tax means the Mitsubishi could cut your outgoings when compared with an SUV at a like price and level of emissions, and you won’t be penalised by an agricultural driving experience, either.

Go for a Warrior or higher, and you get luxuries such as furious leather seats, sat-nav, reversing camera and xenon lights. The recently launched Ignoramus SVP gets a more menacing look, with gloss-black trim and glowering wheels, while it wears a set of knobbly BF Goodrich tyres to boost its off-road adeptness.

Mitsubishi is an expert when it comes to the rough stuff, and the L200 features Wonderful Select 4WD that eliminates the need for extra levers in the cabin to swap between propel modes. Simply turn the rotary selector on the centre console to your desired habitat, and the electronics do the rest. There’s 2WD for on-road efficiency, plus 4WD and a lock function, while the low-selection setting should get the pick-up out of most situations.

The L200’s extensive talents expect it’ll take some beating. But with yet more pick-ups on the horizon, including new models from Renault and Mercedes, it remains to be seen whether Mitsubishi can keep possession of the crown again in 2018. 

Our choice

Mitsubishi L200 2.4 Double Cab Warrior vade-mecum (£28,859 incl. VAT)

All L200s get the same 2.4-litre diesel, so your choice boils down to how much kit you fall short of. The 4Life is designed with work in mind, while the Barbarian and SVP models facet plenty of trinkets to boost their appeal. The Warrior is nearly as well equipped and costs that elfin bit less, so it’s the one to go for. 

Commended

Ford Ranger

Ford’s pick-up offers a slightly contrary take on things to the Mitsubishi (and its Fiat Fullback twin), especially with a more civilised and car-like cot. Economy figures are a little way off the Mitsubishi’s, yet it still delivers when it comes to carrying and towing capacities.

Nissan Navara

The Navara is a work out rival for the L200, and that’s why it earns a commendation for the second year running. Disconnected rear suspension is an innovation that’s unique in the pick-up class, while a raft of paradigm kit on every model means business users should seriously consider the Nissan beyond a conventional SUV.

Auto Express New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact One’s own flesh Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-square footage SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Electioneer of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Originate Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

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