In its latest edition, the UK’s top automobile weekly said: ‘Thanks to its broader breadth of ability, the L200 takes class honours again. Despite the strong challenge, the L200 overcame the Hilux thanks to the high level of kit on offer, lower running costs, superior performance and comfort on the road.’

This follows on from the triple test against the new Nissan Navara and the Isuzu D-Max, where the L200 won with a five-star rating – the Nissan came second with four stars and the Isuzu took third place with three stars.

With its fantastic all-terrain driving capability matched with superb power and performance, the ultimate pick-up that is the Mitsubishi L200 really is a four-wheeled workmate like no other. It’s the only pick-up that can be driven in 2WD or 4WD on any surface.

The all-new Series 5 model was launched last July to great acclaim, and earlier this month it was named Best Pick-Up by judges at Auto Express for the second year running. It was also named Light Commercial Vehicle of the Year and Pick-up of the Year at the 2015 What Van? Awards.

Inheriting the DNA of its predecessors and taking the pick-up concept even further, it has had significant improvements made in 330 areas. The Series 5 is more fuel-efficient than before, with a combined 42.9mpg, and emits just 169g/km of CO2. It has a turning radius of 5.9m and can carry and tow a combined 4.1 tonnes, outshining similar vehicles from other manufacturers.

A constant presence at the top of the UK’s pick-up sector for decades, the L200 is a fundamental part of Mitsubishi Motors’ presence in the UK, and at the end of June 2016 sales were up by 23 per cent against the same period last year.