Mitsubishi Barbarian – new car review

Mitsubishi Barbarian

Mitsubishi Barbarian

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian – new car review

Mitsubishi began developing cars 100 years ago and has a long-proven reputation for producing tough vehicles – none more so that its L200 pick up.
 
There are several body styles available and the double-cab is popular because it overlaps the trendy SUV market, combining family transport with rugged workhorse capability.
 
The pick-up sector is surprisingly crowded, with rivals models from Toyota, Ford and Nissan among others in the mix, yet Mitsubishi’s robust brand image and competitive pricing ensure it maintains a loyal following.
 
Prices start at £18,300 excluding VAT though high-spec double cab versions can top £30,000.
 

Beneficial tax break

One attraction of the pick-up is the tax break available to drivers using one tonne-plus capacity commercial vehicles for private mileage.
 
Our test model was an L200 double-cab in high-spec SVP Barbarian trim and priced at £28,775 excluding VAT.
 
For that you get 17-inch black alloys with all-terrain tyres, leather seats, roof rails, wheel-arch extensions, side-steps, premium HD navigation and audio system, dual zone climate control, keyless operation, rear view camera, selectable 4WD, and even front and rear mood-lighting among its kit.

Excellent acceleration from the Mitsubishi Barbarian

The modern efficient 2.4 litre 178 hp diesel engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox (auto transmission is an option) and the acceleration figure is very good by class standards, 0-60 mph in 10.4 seconds, similar to many cars.
 
Fuel economy is also good for such a large vehicle – 39.8 mpg combined.
 
The L200 has a payload of just over one tonne and a 3,100 kg towing weight (3,000kg for single cab).
 

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Mitsubishi Outlander 4 – new car review

Mitsubishi Outlander new car review

Mitsubishi Outlander new car review

Mitsubishi Outlander 4 new car review

Rapid expansion of new SUV models has meant that one of the long-established contenders in the class, the Mitsubishi Outlander, can sometimes be overlooked.

However, you miss the Outlander at your peril, for it provides a formidable package from a company noted for rugged build quality and excellent reliability. Latest versions have had a recent makeover, delivering smoother styling and equipment upgrades, and with prices starting at £24,999, the Outlander should not be left out when would-be buyers draw up a short-list.

Available as a five seat plug-in petrol hybrid or a seven seat 2.2 litre diesel, the Outlander is more roomy and more economical than some rivals. All versions have all-wheel-drive, and it also scores well for levels of standard equipment, with entry versions getting features such as cruise control, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control and electronic parking brake.

My test model, in 4 trim and with automatic gearbox, was one of the top versions with a wealth of extra kit including premium sat-nav and audio system, 360-degree parking camera, heated steering wheel, rear cross-traffic alert, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, power tailgate, leather upholstery, electric sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels. It costs £33,499.

The Outlander has a tougher and more imposing exterior look than most rivals and underway, proves to have good road manners, with well-weighted steering and a suspension set-up which nicely balances ride comfort with cornering poise. The vehicle is a tad noisier at motorway speeds than some, much of it tyre noise, but in urban areas is quiet, agile and very car-like to drive.

The 147 hp diesel unit pulls strongly and has a nippy 0-60 mph time of 10.2 seconds in manual form, and 11.6 seconds as an automatic. Top speed is 118 mph and fuel economy is 48.7 mpg combined. The Outlander is also very capable off-road, with a locking centre differential adding to its ability.

The cabin is well built and robustly finished with a quality look, though the overall design is rather plain and functional. Five adults can be accommodated in comfort – the third-row seats are really just for children. The boot has 590 litres of space if the third row seats are not in use, and this can be boosted to 1,022 litres with the mid-row folded down. The boot also has additional stowage under the floor.

Summing up, the Outlander comes across as a more serious, more capable SUV than some of its trendier rivals and while it has been around for quite some time, in latest re-vamped form it certainly deserves more attention.

FOR: Build-quality, off-road prowess, well-equipped.

AGAINST: Dashboard design a little dull.