Mitsubishi L200 vs Ford Ranger

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The Mitsubishi L200 received the Auto Categorical Decide-up of the 12 months Award for 4 years in a row from 2015 to 2018. The previous-generation mannequin supplied every little thing truck consumers wished at an inexpensive worth, so this new L200 has lots to stay as much as.

Mitsubishi has overhauled its top-selling truck with a daring new look, simply in time to tackle one other contemporary mannequin, Ford’s Ranger.

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The Ranger was launched earlier this 12 months and Ford’s revisions labored wonders. Its new pick-up proved to be even higher worth than the outdated L200 and it took excessive spot, profitable our 2019 pick-up award in July. However right here we’ll discover out if Mitsubishi has executed sufficient for its truck to take the highest spot once more.

Head-to-head

Mannequin: Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X Auto Ford Ranger 2.Zero 170 Restricted
Value:  £38,640 (inc. VAT)  £34,854 (inc. VAT) 
Engine:  2.2-litre 4cyl diesel 2.Zero-litre 4cyl diesel
Energy/torque:  148bhp/400Nm 168bhp/420Nm
Transmission:  6-speed auto, four-wheel drive  10-speed auto, four-wheel drive 
Zero-60mph: 11.2 seconds 11.Zero seconds
Prime velocity: 106mph 112mph
Check economic system:  31.4mpg 33.5mpg
CO2/tax:  206g/km/£260 197g/km/£260
Choices:  Metallic paint (£475)  Metallic paint (£600), 17-inch alloys (£120), curler shutter mattress cowl and mattress liner (£1,500)

Mitsubishi L200

For: Comfy at velocity, good payload capability, loads of customary tools.
Towards: Shudders over low-speed bumps, engine is much less highly effective and noisier than the Ranger’s. 

Mitsubishi’s L200 has been round for 40 years, and this newest model builds on its award-winning predecessor slightly than beginning fully afresh. So it nonetheless makes use of a body-on-frame development (a quite common trait within the pick-up world), with leaf-spring rear suspension.

This set-up is nice for carrying heavy hundreds and off-roading, nevertheless it tends to result in an unsettled experience on tarmac. Though the L200 is clean sufficient on the motorway and on A-roads when unladen, it nonetheless shudders and crashes over massive potholes, regardless of revisions to the suspension by the Japanese model.

The steering is sluggish, so it’s a must to apply plenty of lock to get spherical tight bends, however this set-up is excellent for off-roading and towing as a result of it provides loads of stability. It’s important to put in a bit extra effort than within the Ford, however the distinction isn’t too nice. The L200 isn’t fairly as composed because the Ford both, as a result of the Ranger feels extra like an SUV.

The Mitsubishi’s six-speed computerized gearbox is clean and shifts down moderately rapidly whenever you step on the throttle, however the brand new 10-speed field within the Ford is even smoother and responds extra rapidly, too. To get the most effective efficiency from the L200’s 2.2-litre engine, it’s finest to short-shift and use the 400Nm of torque, however the auto gearbox tends to carry onto gears longer. You need to use the steel shift paddles behind the steering wheel, however the field isn’t very attentive to inputs from these.

The Mitsubishi managed Zero-60mph in 11.2 seconds, which was solely Zero.2 seconds behind its extra highly effective rival, and it matched the Ford’s 11.Three-second time from 30-70mph by means of the gears. We weren’t capable of file a 50-70mph time in prime gear, as a result of even in guide mode the L200 kicked down (in fifth it took 9.2 seconds, the identical because the Ranger took in eighth). The higher variety of ratios means the Ford is extra versatile.

The L200’s engine is suitable, however no extra. That’s as a result of, regardless of its decrease output than earlier than to satisfy new guidelines, effectivity hasn’t modified a lot. The outdated L200 returned 31.5mpg on check, whereas this new mannequin did 31.4mpg and we noticed 33.5mpg from the Ranger. The L200’s motor is as noisy as earlier than, too, so it doesn’t really feel like a lot of an enchancment.

Our high-spec Barbarian X mannequin has a comparatively plush inside, with snug leather-based and Alcantara seats, plus a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Among the many different customary equipment is a 360-degree parking digicam, blind-spot help, LED lights and a hydraulically assisted tailgate, however this L200 is pricey subsequent to the Ranger in Restricted trim. 

Testers notes

  • • Infotainment: The built-in interface is poor. It’s sluggish to load and never essentially the most logical, however we do just like the fully bodily air-con controls.
  • • Gearbox: You may flip between excessive and low-range modes, plus two or four-wheel drive electronically.
  • • Seats: Plush part-leather seats are fitted as customary on L200s kitted out in Barbarian X trim. They’re heated, as properly.

Ford Ranger

For: New engine and gearbox are glorious, loads of tech, good to drive, rides properly.
Towards: Not as properly outfitted because the L200, heavier weight reduces payload and towing capability.

On this check we’ve bought a Double Cab Restricted with Ford’s new 168bhp 2.Zero-litre diesel engine and 10-speed computerized gearbox. That is the very best trim stage accessible with this powertrain, simply because the Barbarian X is within the L200 vary.

The Ranger’s engine and gearbox are glorious and a giant a part of why it’s an Auto Categorical Award winner. The motor is way quieter and fewer harsh-sounding than the L200’s 2.2-litre diesel, but it’s extra highly effective and extra environment friendly, too. There’s a low rumble as you speed up, however not one of the clatter that you just get within the Mitsubishi, and that additionally helps with in-cabin refinement as a result of there are fewer squeaks and rattles from the inside trim.

The 10-speed gearbox shifts easily, and it’s quicker to react to modifications than the six-speed field within the L200. It’s nonetheless lazy by SUV requirements although.

In our checks the Ford was Zero.2 seconds faster than its rival from Zero-60mph. Nevertheless, essentially the most spectacular half was the Ford’s versatility at increased velocity. In fifth, sixth and seventh gears it went from 50-70mph in 7.Zero, 6.eight and seven.7 seconds respectively (faster in sixth, because of the torque curve), but the Mitsubishi took 9.2 seconds in fifth gear.

So regardless of the Ranger’s heavier kerbweight, its extra highly effective engine and higher gearbox imply that the acceleration is definitely extra enjoyable.

Wind and street noise is suppressed impressively properly within the Ranger too, so it’s a match for the L200 on the motorway, as a result of it rides simply as easily. Each fashions are settled and composed at increased speeds, however their fundamental suspension and chassis structure implies that they don’t cope with low-speed bumps in addition to an SUV or a automobile.

Nevertheless, though the Ranger doesn’t iron out bumps fully, it’s rather more composed than the L200 in virtually all conditions. It doesn’t shudder and crash as a lot on a lumpy part of street.

Each vehicles have weighty, sluggish steering, however the Ford’s set-up is barely simpler since you want much less effort round tight bends. The Ranger additionally has extra grip, so that you don’t must brake as a lot earlier than corners. That makes it extra enjoyable and extra enjoyable on the street; off-road there’s little to separate them.

The Ranger’s inside is product of powerful plastics just like the L200’s, so the primary distinction is the quantity of equipment. Ford’s SYNC Three touchscreen set-up is way simpler to make use of and extra responsive, so it feels extra up-to-date within the Ranger. High quality is not more than okay, and a few areas of the Barbarian X L200 are nicer, just like the seats. The Ranger is almost as properly outfitted, with heated leather-based seats, keyless go, smartphone connectivity and a reversing digicam as customary.

Testers’ notes

  • • Infotainment: SYNC Three system is straightforward to make use of and works properly with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There’s area on your cellphone by the USB ports.
  • • Transmission: 10 gears appears like quite a bit, however the software program switches them easily for straightforward efficiency.
  • • Supplies: Arduous plastics make up a lot of the dashboard and centre console, which is just to be anticipated in a pick-up.

Verdict

First place: Ford Ranger

The Ranger’s engine is powerful however doesn’t compromise effectivity, and the brand new 10-speed auto is a superb companion. They’re quiet and clean collectively, and push the Ranger forward of its rival. The Ford is nice off street, spacious and extra inexpensive, and will get sufficient equipment, so it’s our winner. 

Second place: Mitsubishi L200

The brand new L200 continues to be an excellent pick-up truck, higher outfitted and extra snug than earlier than, nevertheless it’s not all excellent news. Its 2.2-litre engine is much less versatile and no extra environment friendly than the earlier model, so it falls behind the much-improved, extra refined and extra environment friendly Ranger.