as happy as a commercial pick-up or on the school run ...
The Series 5 L200 has been tested by Euro NCAP and scored an overall four-star rating - adult occupant 81%, child occupant 84%, pedestrian 76% and safety assist 64%.
The Barbarian is equipped with seven airbags; the steering wheel retracts in a collision, ABS (anti-lock brakes), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESS (emergency stop and signal system) during sudden braking the rear hazard lights will blink rapidly to alert vehicles approaching from behind. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is standard and should you drift out of lane you get an audible and visual alert. This system works at over 40mph and can be switched off as on very tight country lanes it did become a little annoying.
Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution technology (RISE) is standard and in the event of an accident disperses impact shocks protecting occupants.
Trailer Stability Assist is standard on the Barbarian model controlling the vehicles engine and braking to maintain the stability of the trailer being towed.
All models are equipped with a system that incorporates sensors to recognise when both the accelerator and brake pedals have been pressed at the same time – giving priority to the brakes to avoid accidental acceleration.
A Thatcham Category 1 alarm, ISOFIX seat fixings in the outer 2 rear seats, deadlocks, immobiliser and steering lock are standard on the Barbarian model.
The Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian is equipped with a DAB radio/CD with MP3 compatibility and 6 speakers. Premium HD Satellite Navigation, USB port, Bluetooth with music streaming, steering wheel mounted audio controls and a rear view camera.
The sound quality was prefectly acceptable but we found the Sat Nav interface confusing and dated. It supports full postcode entry but the interface does seem clunky having to also enter the street name as well.
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What We Liked
- Off-road capability
- Rugged styling
- Comfortable seats
- Automatic gearbox
- Cool image
- LED mood lighting
What We Disliked
- The ride is bouncy unless the rear is laden (what it is designed for)
- The tailgate doesn’t lock with the central locking
- Fuel consumption – the L200 automatic was quite thirsty
- If you are on the short side it is hard to lean over the sides or over the tailgate to remove items.
- We would have liked to have seen all round parking sensors on the Barbarian model
- Land Departure Warning irritating but a good idea
We enjoyed the relaxed driving experience of the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian it is equally as happy as a commercial pick-up or on the school run with the odd recycling trip at the weekend. To transport the kids and the family dog you would need to specify an optional hardtop and to keep your load secure both hard and retractable tonneau covers are available as optional extras.16 October 2015
Mitsubishi L200 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 Barbarian Double Cab|
|Body Type||Pick-Up Truck|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||109 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||169 g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||43.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4 Star|
|Warranty||5-year / 62,500 warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 16/10/15)||£30,238|