Pick of the pick-ups

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Ex­perts choose from L200, Navara and Isuzu D-max

FOR: Great turn­ing circle, lots of cabin space AGAINST: Noisy diesel, smallest pay­load here

FOR those times when you need to turn your pick-up from a re­li­able work­horse into a town run­about, the Mit­subishi L200 should of­fer the fewest headaches.

While its 5,185mm length is still vast by fam­ily car stan­dards, it’s the short­est choice of this trio, and any con­cerns about fit­ting in park­ing spa­ces will be eased by a class-lead­ing 5.9-me­tre turn­ing circle.

The 2.5-litre diesel is avail­able with up to 178bhp, al­though it’s noisy re­gard­less of out­put. For £9,000, you can buy a 2013 L200 in de­sir­able War­rior spec.

THE Mit­subishi has the low­est pay­load here; at 1,045kg, it lags just be­hind the Isuzu’s. How­ever, the load space is wide, and with only min­i­mal whee­larch in­tru­sion, it’s fairly handy for trans­port­ing broad, flat items.

IF you need your pick-up to shift peo­ple as well as stuff, the L200 makes great sense. It’s got the most spa­cious cabin of these mod­els, and the wide, flat rear bench is fairly comfy for three. The in­te­rior is cheap, but durable.

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