Adam Gray

Freelance Motoring Journalist

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X front

On Test: Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X

THE Mitsubishi L200 has been the brand’s workhorse for more than 40 years.

Now in its sixth generation, the latest model arrived back in the summer having received a complete exterior makeover.

It has undergone a significant redesign compared to its predecessor, gaining a distinctive front end designed to make it appear tougher and more imposing on the road.

The new L200 also has a new 2,268cc diesel engine with AdBlue, along with an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission to give it even more appeal.

Buyers can choose from a range of trim levels called 4Life Club Cab, Double Cab, Warrior, Barbarian and Barbarian X, with all models apart from the entry-level 4Life Club Cab having double cabs with four doors.

I recently tested the range-topping Barbarian X with automatic gearbox delivering 150PS and 400Nm of torque and featuring the new transmission which certainly impressed.

Priced from £32,200 plus VAT, it certainly looks the part.

The tough look of the L200’s new front-end features a new clamshell bonnet, slim LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield grille.

At the back there’s new metalwork, bumpers and LED tailights. Squared-off wheel arches, running boards and 18-inch alloy wheels complete the handsome look.

Climbing into the cab may take a bit of effort but it’s certainly worth it, as once inside you’ll find an interior and tech that rivals just about anything in the class.

This top trim level comes with bespoke Barbarian X upholstery, a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity and even a heated steering wheel.

There’s also DAB radio, Bluetooth, parking sensors and a very handy 360-degree camera system, as well as a raft of safety features including a forward collision mitigation system.

The new L200 is much better to drive and a great deal more comfortable than its predecessor.

The new engine provides bags of power and decent acceleration, with the automatic gearbox offering smooth changes, while a strengthened chassis and new springs and dampers significantly enhance the driving experience in terms of ride and handling.

Used as a workhorse it can carry a payload weighing up to 1,075kg and tow a trailer of up to 3.5 tonnes.

It’s also capable of wading through 600mm-deep water and has a ground clearance of 205mm, as well as the ability to drive in four-wheel drive mode at any speed and to be switched from 2WD to 4WD at speeds of up to 62mph.

Mitsubishi has put considerable time and effort into improving the L200’s looks and making it more carlike to drive and run. Add to that a generous list of equipment and competitive pricing and you’ve got a strong contender if you’re in the market for this type of vehicle.

FAST FACTS

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X

Price: £32,200 (excluding VAT)

Mechanical: 150ps, 2,268cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 6-speed automatic gearbox

Max speed: 106mph

0-62mph: tbc

Combined mpg: 36.2

Insurance group: 37

CO2 emissions: 206g/km

BIK rating: 37%

Warranty: 5yrs/62,500 miles

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