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The New Ford Ranger Takes On The Mitsubishi L200

Ford reigns victorious in the battle of the pickups when we compared the latest Mitsubishi L200 against the 2019 New Ford Ranger.

Sep 20, 2019

The New Ford Ranger Takes On The Mitsubishi L200

Today, we discuss the Ford Ranger Limited 2.0 EcoBlue 170PS Automatic and the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X 2.2 150PS Automatic and how, despite being £3,786 cheaper than the Mitsubishi L200 (inc. VAT), the New Ford Ranger proves it is the better of the two.

AT A GLANCE

 

MITSUBISHI L200 BARBARIAN X 2.2

FORD RANGER LIMITED 2.0

ENGINE

2.2-litre 4-cylinder Diesel

2.0-litre 4-cylinder EcoBlue Diesel

TRANSMISSION

6-Speed Automatic 4WD

10-Speed Automatic 4WD

POWER / TORQUE

148bhp / 400Nm

168bhp / 420Nm

TOP SPEED

106mph

112mph

0–60

11.2 seconds

11.0 seconds

ECONOMY

31.4mpg

33.5mpg

CO2 / TAX

206g / km / £260

197g / km / £260

PRICE (inc. VAT)

£38,640

£34,854

 

ENGINE

For starters, the New Ford Ranger dominates in terms of engine technology and power. It manages an impressive 168bhp (170PS) with 420Nm of torque in comparison to the Mitsubishi’s 148bhp (150PS) with 400Nm of torque.

What’s more is Ford’s award-winning EcoBlue diesel engine which achieves clean high-performance and low fuel consumption whilst delivering a much more refined driving experience in comparison to conventional diesel engines. This was immediately obvious when listening to both pickups drive down the motorway.

Even though the Mitsubishi L200 was less powerful, it made a lot more noise in contrast to the New Ford Ranger which enjoyed a much quieter and more relaxed drive. Not only is the engine quieter on the Ford pickup, but wind and noise pollution have been remarkably minimised.

TRANSMISSION & SPEED

The Mitsubishi L200 comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which enjoys smooth and reasonably speedy gear changes, but unfortunately, it’s no match against the Ford Ranger’s new and improved 10-speed transmission which achieves silky-smooth shifts with unparalleled responsiveness.

With a lot more gears ratios available, the Ranger accomplishes additional versatility and proves to be more capable at higher speeds in comparison to the L200. For example, the Ranger was able to go from 50-70mph in just 7.0 seconds whereas the L200 took a sluggish 9.2 seconds (in 5th gear).

In general, the Ranger acquires a higher top speed of 112mph (6mph more than the L200) and reaches 0-60mph 0.2 seconds quicker than the Mitsubishi pickup.

STEERING

In terms of ride and handling, both pickups are known to perform comfortably, but when put to the test side-by-side, it was apparent that the L200 suffered from slower steering. This made turning around tight bends a lot more requiring for the Mitsubishi pickup truck when compared to the Ford Ranger, which enjoyed a more ergonomic setup and required less effort to turn around tight bends.

This was however turned into a positive for Mitsubishi, as the L200’s slower steering provided extra stability for towing situations. What’s more, the Ranger’s heavier weight results in a reduced payload and towing capacity which the Mitsubishi L200 was able to offer.

ECONOMY

On a test cycle, the latest Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X returned 31.4mpg whereas the 2019 New Ford Ranger managed 33.5mpg. This was disappointing to see with Mitsubishi as the L200’s predecessor managed 31.5mpg, meaning the newer iteration of the Japanese pickup produces fewer miles per gallon than its earlier model.

INTERIOR

On the inside, both pickups share similarities. You’ll immediately notice hard plastics making up most of the dashboard and centre console area, and both vehicles enjoy high-quality seating set-ups. The L200 uses leather and Alcantara upholstery on the seats embossed with Barbarian X stitching and are heated just like those in the Ford Ranger (with Ranger-branded embroidery).

The infotainment systems share a similar format – both utilise integrated colour display touchscreens with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. However, Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system speeds miles ahead of Mitsubishi’s in terms of load time, performance and user interface. It’s much easier to navigate through, much more responsive and feels a lot more up to date than the L200.

VERDICT

Overall, the 2019 New Ford Ranger takes first place. A lot of it comes down to the fact that Ford goes from strength to strength and has undeniably created the most improved range of pickups since the very first Ranger.

It’s disappointing to see the Mitsubishi L200 has not evolved much from its predecessor in terms of engine efficiency and economy which becomes extremely apparent when put to the test against such a well-designed beast.

The engine and transmission systems of the Ranger are exceptional and even though the Mitsubishi offers a better payload capacity and is lighter in weight, the Ranger’s more powerful engine and advanced transmission box make for a much more refined, reactive and relaxing driving experience.

 

TLDR

The 2019 New Ford Ranger is cheaper, faster, more responsive, has a better fuel economy and a better infotainment system.

 

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