Mitsubishi L200 Van Review

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Mitsubishi L200

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Our Review of the L200

Mitsubishi L200

Let’s face it, any vehicle gets away with called a Barbarian without naff or pose-y has got to be a pick-up right? We already know the L200 can carry it off, buyers have been up versions of the L200 with names like Animal, and Trojan for years.

Some will feel self-conscious the wheel of anything with writ large down its but, hey, that’s added kudos when down at your local on a night with the lads and you you’re going to be king of the Your wife or girlfriend are to hate it, but what the heck!

At a

The Mitsubishi L200‘s feature has got to be the way it looks. Curves are not we’re used to seeing on pick-up trucks, but the L200 is in them. The front end, Mitsubishi, is softened with edges for grille and headlamps oval recesses for the circular fog The rear edge of the cabin down and around the vehicle’s edge, while the fluid of the tailgate and windows are a world from those on boxy

The Barbarian confirms its status as the model in the range with a body kit including a sports and almost everything else screwed or bolted on swathed in

Engines and spec.

The Barbarian is the L200, with a choice of 131 or 175 bhp turbo diesel engines and or auto transmission options. kit includes Select 4WD, 17-inch alloy wheels and a of interior and exterior bling Barbarian graphics, chrome lamp bezels, door and handles and a sports front

That’s not forgetting a reversing Kenwood integrated satellite system and multi-display radio / CD with touch-screen operation, leather seats, Bluetooth kit and even illuminated door guards. Ours also with the grand-sounding Sports Top, which features tinted windows and lockable window.

The L200 is narrower than other UK market pick-ups, helps with the manoeuvrability and a reasonably tight turning The down side is a slight in interior space and carrying The double cab body style is the one you can get in Barbarian trim.

This is a model with a reasonable of legroom for the rear passengers, providing that the driver is not a six and seat backs angled at 25 make a pleasant change the rigidly upright offerings found in older double-cab There has to be a compromise for this passenger space and it comes in the of its modest 1,325mm load At the wheel

You climb up and into the impressive looking cabin and impressions are good. Large, looking stitched leather with Barbarian logos, leather gear knob and option selector and leather wheel. Inside, there’s of chrome and aluminium trim and hi Instruments are easy to read, the familiar Mitsubishi drive-configuration to the right of the instrument cluster.

The L200’s cabin is spacious and with cubby holes, a glove compartment and lots of storage. The real practicality can be in the load bay, which can be or metal lined and have strap-eyes or any number of utility added. The load bay is restricted in by the double-cab but is still a very size and perfect for trips to the or carrying bikes and outdoor or heavy tools and machinery.

The drive transmission and low ration box makes it a versatile vehicle lots of towing and off-road In practice, we found the radio / sat nav / CD over-complicated and almost baffling in its But the leather seats are comfortable and the wheel can be adjusted to suit drivers.

On the road

The Barbarian as though it will withstand any of abuse off-road, but that’s at the of the handling on the open road. The has a soft ride and deals with cracked urban However, it struggles to cope undulations in the road surface at moderate speeds, bouncing up and rather like a toy boat in a Lifeless steering that’s to react to the wheel and scary roll through fast further undermines the Mitsubishi on roads.

The engine is gruff and rattly on and gets noisier the faster you go. said, the L200 has an impressive of speed, thanks to its powerful diesel engines, and it’s to exceed motorway speed once the powerful turbocharger a-blowin’ in earnest!

Around the Barbarian is not at its best. You are never to forget the sheer size of the and parking is not made easier by the fore and aft visibility and the absence of sensors on the version we tested. The through the rear view is almost non-existent, thanks to tinted windows and a central headrest, and must be considered a hazard.

You can alleviate this by the electrically powered rear in the cab, the down side that you get the weather coming in via Sports Ute Top, which seal against the back of the

Our Verdict

So, is the L200 Barbarian a or a commercial vehicle? Clearly the in our view despite all those and bling. It’s also a expensive commercial vehicle if you fast and loose with the list, in which case the gets a lot tougher. However, car-like enough to still a good family vehicle and the of wipe-clean seats and hose-down can’t be understated.

Nor can all the commercial running costs and tax breaks.

On the one the L200 in Barbarian trim you get some of the luxuries you’d of a more up-market 4×4 with sat nav and leather seats away some truck-like On the other, it retains the workman-like though, so loses none of its The alloy wheels, leather chromed accessories and those door kick plates do not the fact that the L200 is at heart a down to earth, workhorse.

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Our man with a van

Motoring journalist Foster has been commissioned to impartial van and pick up reviews for our specifically to help with decision making process. We provided him with a van and the spec and more, so you can rely on his views real and honest.

Adrian his career in the motor retail with Perry’s Group turning his hand to motoring He launched the Drivelines motoring agency as a means of providing quality journalism on new cars, vehicles, motorsport and the motor at large.

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