L200 2.4 DI-D 4WD 4Life Club Cab
continue to be a big hit
with lifestyle owners with a penchant
for towing. And the Club Cab
version of Mitsubishis
the all-new fifth generation L200
does everything right when it
comes to pulling...
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT A PICK-UPů maybe it's their role in countless movies,
being driven by the likes of a wrathful, gun-toting Arnie. Or simply their go-anywhere
looks and 4x4 abilities that endow them with SAS-like survival skills in any
terrain. Not that you have to live in the Badlands to benefit, particularly
as the top-spec pick-ups are now virtually as socially-savvy as many SUVs.
Long gone, too, are the days of bone-shaking suspension and utilitarian cabins
if you haven't climbed up behind the wheel of a pick-up for a while you'll
be pleasantly surprised at the user-friendliness of today's models.
While it's the latest in a long line of pick-ups, the Series 5 is an entirely
new vehicle from the ground up, as underscored by significant improvements in
330 areas over the much-respected Series 4, including refinement and dynamic
this new Series 5 'Club Cab' if you're not up to speed with the various
cab styles, it means that although it gets four doors like a double cab, its
rear side doors are only half-width; but that's still more versatile than a
single cab with a mere two doors.
Club Cabs rear side
doors are only half-width
but its a configuration
that works really well as
you get a longer loadbay
behind the cab than with
the usual lifestyle-user
choice of Double Cab,
but can still carry
passengers and gear that
you dont want exposed
in the open-to-
In practice it's a configuration that works really well as you get a longer
loadbay behind the cab than with the most popular lifestyle-user choice
the Double Cab but you can still carry passengers and gear that you don't
want exposed to the weather (or light fingers) in the open-to-the-elements loadbed.
More carrying options are possible thanks to a front passenger backrest that
tilts all the way back until it's flat.
Inside the Club Cab it's no different from any other car cabin despite the fact
that it's designed with function and hard labour in mind. That said, not all
cars give you a fist of headroom and deep sun visors that really do let you
drive safely into the sun or a large lockable glovebox. A pair of traditional
dials show speed and revs; between them sits a trip info display. You'll also
find audio and phone operation remote control buttons on the leather-wrapped
The driver gets a height-adjustable seat and both well-padded seats will comfortably
accommodate larger body sizes, and the smart-looking two-tone black-and-dark
grey cloth upholstery will be as pleasant on cold winter days as it is on hot
sunny ones we had no complaints over five hundred test miles.
The combination of sitting higher than normal with a good driving position (you
can see down and over the bonnet as well as seeing the top rear corners of the
loadbed) makes it easy to place the Club Cab whether you're threading along
a tight off-road track or parking up in your local superstore.
As per any regular passenger car the Club Cab's got all the essentials such
as power windows (with one-shot up/down for the driver), an efficient AirCon
system, tinted glass, radio/CD player, USB connectivity, and Bluetooth with
music streaming along with other convenience items such as central locking,
power steering, adjustable lumber support on both front seats, a padded centre
armrest capping a large, deep storage box, height-adjustable seatbelts and cupholders.
There's also driver and passenger airbags, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Stability
Assist and an active stability and traction control system.
to 'the look' are silver side steps but they're not essential because getting
in and out through the large front doors is easy with sturdy grab handles on
the screen pillars, although for first-time rear passengers actually finding
the rear door handles could be a challenge the Club Cab's rear half-width
doors are rear-hinged so open at their front edges (so-called 'suicide doors'
and in principle no different from those you'll find on a current Rolls-Royce).
you think its macho,
planted stance means
some rough riding is in
store then youd be
mistaken the Club Cab
is no Bucking Bronco
and while you enjoy an
elevated seating position
and all the
visibility benefits that
come from it,
the ride on the average
blacktop is both
composed and SUV-
However, for safety reasons the rear doors cannot be opened until the same-side
front door is opened and then only by using the handle that's on the inside.
use it's all very straightforward and offers a handy load area for lifestyle
'gear' when you're not carrying two passengers in the second row.
Access to the rear cabin for passengers or for loading is easy through the wide-opening
(to 90-degrees) rear half-doors.
A pair of individual bench seats and well-padded headrests offer room for near-six-footers
travelling behind similarly-sized others up front, and with good foot room under
the front seats. It might be a bit too 'knees-up' for some grown-ups, but it's
fine for kids who will no doubt also make good use of the bottle-holding door
For the record the Club Cab's loadbed measures 1,850mm long, 1,470mm wide and
475mm deep, with a payload capacity of 1,060kg. If you're planning on towing,
the Club Cab is good for a braked 3,000kg.
Go for the Club Cab 4Life model and it's Hobson's choice in the engine department:
like it or not (don't worry, you'll like it!) you get Mitsubishi's 151bhp 2.4-litre
turbodiesel and it's mated to a precise six-speed manual 'box with an easy throw.
It's a nice, unexpectedly thoroughbred motor in what for many owners will be
their everyday workhorse a high-tech common-rail turbodiesel with variable
valve-timing that generates a heavyweight 280lb ft of torque delivered between
1,500 and 2,500rpm. You only really notice its 'voice' under foot-to-the-floor
acceleration and even then the hard growl goes very much with the image. However,
even though it's agreeably quiet inside the cabin at the legal limit you'll
barely notice it working as the Club Cab lopes along. At the top end, the 2.4
delivers plenty of in-gear pick-up in fifth and sixth for laid-back overtaking
on the motorway.
if you think its macho, planted stance means some rough riding is in store then
you'd be mistaken the L200 Club Cab is no Bucking Bronco and while you
enjoy an elevated seating position and all the visibility benefits that come
from it, the ride on the average blacktop is both composed and SUV-like.
stronger body is a
reinforced chassis and
a revised heavy-duty,
set-up thats designed to
away from the blacktop
off-road the L200s
motto is unflinchingly
Going off the beaten track? Mitsubishi's Easy Select system, which incorporates
a locking rear differential, offers the driver a choice between two-wheel drive
and four-wheel drive, as well as low-range all-wheel drive all easily
selected electronically using the rotary selector knob between the gearlever
and sturdy traditional-style handbrake on the centre tunnel.
the torsionally stronger body is a reinforced chassis and a revised heavy-duty,
long-travel suspension set-up that's designed to deliver manoeuvrability off-road;
there's also 200mm of ground clearance and a proper metal sump-guard that along
with effective approach, departure and breakover angles means the L200's motto
off-road is unflinchingly 'can do'.
On the blacktop, and in spite of measuring 5.2 metres from nose to tail, the
Club Cab feels game. Body lean is well reined-in, the steering is light but
precise (yet feels steadfast around the straight ahead when tracking down motorways),
and the stability and traction control system is discreetly active keeping everything
shipshape. Overall the L200 feels much more responsive than its pick-up genes
would lead you to expect, and it's as easygoing around mean city streets as
it is up to its axles in mud.
The low-range 4WD mode is also perfect for going downhill off-road select
first gear, take your feet off, and the torquey engine and low-range will take
you all the way to the bottom at a reassuringly controlled pace.
While most pick-ups used for dual-role lifestyle duties are usually top-of-the-range
Double Cab models, the less costly Club Cab represents a good deal that really
can cut it as 'wheels' for an active family. ~ MotorBar
Mitsubishi L200 2.4 DI-D 4WD 4Life Club Cab
Maximum speed: 105mph | 0-62mph: 12.2 seconds | Test Average: 34.1mpg
Power: 151bhp | Torque: 280lb ft | CO2: 180g/km