Mitsubishi L200 – AskMen

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Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200

Price: £27,508 (Automatic as tested)

0-60 time: 13 secs

MPG / LPG: 30.1 mpg (Combined)

The L200 is Mitsubishi ’s bread and butter. A truck that has taken to peoples’ hearts largely because it looks like more than just your archetypal builders’ ride driven by hairy men in stained white vests and yellow helmets. Basically, it’s a truck that non-truck people can actually see themselves driving and has subsequently cemented itself in place as the top-selling truck in the UK.

With a sculpted pod-like cabin to comfortably seat five, exaggerated smooth lines and copious amounts of customisation (or pimping) options the L200 sets itself aside from the other more utilitarian pick-ups.

Like its name suggests, Mitsubishi’s new L200 flagship, the Barbarian, ain’t for your unassuming urban-crossover type or those whose luggage constraints revolve around space for a set of golf clubs. The Barbarian could swallow an entire golf shop load of clubs and still manage to drop the kids off at school at the same time.

It comes with plenty of toys and features you certainly wouldn’t expect on a truck, at a price to make you potentially reconsider that luxury SUV you’ve been wanting for a while. But this is especially the case if you do happen to work with ladders and are in the position to reap the dividends from the useful commercial tax breaks the Barbarian boasts.

The Barbie offers a welcome performance boost over lower-grade L200s with an overhauled 2.5-litre turbodiesel that now puts out 175 bhp and 350 Nm of max torque (or 400 Nm with the manual box option). But due to its blatant bulk it’s far from brisk. Feeling decidedly truckish at low revs it does, however, manage to hit a good and healthy stride when up to m-way speed albeit in the face of notably distracting engine and wind noise.

Mitsubishi L200

For something so unfeasibly long, the turning circle is surprisingly tight, allowing the Barbarian relatively good manoeuvrability — but not without plenty of wheel-turning.

Built to take a substantial one tonne payload, the Barbie’s rear springs are rock hard, making for quite a crashy ride when hitting any road imperfections or rougher stuff when unladen. And it’s during these shuddering moments when, in case you had forgotten, at the heart of this 4×4 and beneath all the leather-clad and chrome-tipped bling is a genuine workhorse.

This Barbie is definitely not for girls. Big enough to blot the sun from the sky and intimidating enough to enclose its driver in a murderous hue, a certain type of bluff confidence is demanded of you behind the Barbarian’s wheel.

With a unique body kit comprising of chrome splashed just about everywhere possible, tribal tattoo graphics, fat roll bars and a new sportier grille, a shrinking violet it most certainly is not.

Moments of luxury SUV-inspiration come in the form of sporty embroidered leather seats, illuminated side sills, a reversing camera (but oddly no audible sensors), Bluetooth telephony and a built-in central media unit with satellite navigation, DVD player and iPod/MP3 connectivity. But you will need an impressive imagination and a politician’s mastery of spin to convince yourself or anyone else that this is an everyday car.

All the same, we love the Barbarian for what it is — nuts. Grrrr.

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