Mitsubishi L200 v Isuzu D-Max

The Isuzu D-Max and Mitsubishi L200 are two of the best-selling pickups in the UK, and both perform well in the agricultural industries. Our Editor, Liam Campbell, examines the lifestyle and working advantages of both machines to determine which vehicle is best for you, your family and your business.

Range overview

There are three cab options on the L200 and D-Max; single, extended (Mitsubishi called it the ‘Club’ cab) and double cab. The L200 has four trim levels (the 4Life, Titan, Warrior and Barbarian) plus the SVP (Special Vehicle Projects) and the D-Max has five (the Utility, Eiger, Yukon, Utah and Blade), plus the AT35.

In the cab

Climbing into the cab is a lot easier on the Mitsubishi L200 as the doors open wider and the cab sits lower to the ground. The cab of the L200 is the longest cab in the class and feels a lot more spacious, comfortable and stylish. The D-Max is slightly dated inside now, and doesn’t have quite as many of the features of the L200.

Mitsubishi L200 interior

Mitsubishi L200 interior

Isuzu D-Max interior

Isuzu D-Max interior

Winner – L200

Loading and towing

The load area of the double cab Isuzu D-Max is a slightly bigger, measuring 1,485mm long by 1,530mm wide and with 465mm side walls, compared with the L200’s 1,520mm length, 1,470mm width and 475mm side walls. Payloads start from just 1,045kg on the double cab L200, whereas they start from 1,126kg on the D-Max.

Towing capacities are also better on the D-Max. The D-Max is capable of towing 3.5t trailers, and the L200 can tow up to 3.1 tonnes – although they both have 6t gross combination weights.

Mitsubishi L200 towing

Mitsubishi L200 towing

Isuzu D-Max towing

Isuzu D-Max towing

Winner – D-Max

On the road

As with the cab environment and practicality, the two vehicles are polar opposites when it comes to the on-road performance. The suspension on the D-Max is stiffer and there is less body roll, although the bumps of the road are felt more. While the D-Max is quieter at higher speeds, the 1.9-litre engine is noticeably louder than the L200’s 2.4-litre.

There are two outputs on the L200 (151bhp/380Nm and 178bhp/430Nm), while there is just one on the D-Max (163bhp/360Nm). The gear ratios are extremely short in first and second, which is great for towing but hampers acceleration. The L200 is remarkably quicker, reaching 62mph in just 10.4 seconds.

Mitsubishi L200 engine

Mitsubishi L200 engine

Isuzu D-Max engine

Isuzu D-Max engine

Winner – L200

Off the road

Taken off the road, the D-Max and L200 are both performed well. The D-Max double cab has approach, departure and ramp over angles of 30, 23 and 22 degrees respectively, compared with 30, 22 and 24 degrees of the D-Max. The ground clearance measures just 205mm on the L200 and 235mm on the D-Max.

Both vehicles have a fly-on-the-shift 4WD system, with 2WD high range, 4WD high range and 4WD low range settings. The L200 also has a locking rear differential, whereas Isuzu has replaced this with traction control. Both vehicles weight in at less than two tonnes unladen, therefore they’re incredibly nimble off-road.

Mitsubishi L200 off-road

Mitsubishi L200 off-road

Isuzu D-Max off-road

Isuzu D-Max off-road

Winner – L200

Cost of ownership

The Isuzu comes out on top when it comes to running costs, as it has better residual values and better fuel economy (40.4mpg v 39.8mpg). Isuzu has opted for an enhanced NOx trap to meet Euro-6, so there’s no need for AdBlue either, unlike the L200.

Service intervals are set at every 24 months or 12,000 miles for the D-Max and every 12 months or 12,000 miles for the L200. Both manufacturers offer a five-year warranty, although this is capped at 62,500 miles with Mitsubishi and 100,000 miles with Isuzu.

Winner – D-Max

Summary

Despite both vehicles being aimed at the farming communities, the two vehicles couldn’t be further apart when it comes to their performance. Deciding which vehicle is better for you depends on what you’re after; if you want comfort, refinement and a good off-roader, the L200 is the vehicle for you, but if you want a tough and practical workhorse that has the reassurance of a long warranty, the D-Max is the more attractive option.

Isuzu D-Max v Mitsubishi L200

Isuzu D-Max v Mitsubishi L200

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About The Author
- Liam Campbell is an award-winning journalist with a Masters degree in Automotive Journalism from Coventry University. Growing up on a farm and learning to drive in a Mark 1 Range Rover (his left thigh is still twice as big as his right), Liam likes to think he knows a thing or two about commercial 4x4s. Previously, he was the Van Editor at Parkers and resident pickup expert at Car Magazine, before taking up the post of Editor at Professional Pickup & 4x4. Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/maxximum_load

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