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).