Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian road test
Is it just me or have you also noticed how cars, like the people who drive them, are getting bigger and bigger?
As a for instance, there’s the now utterly misnamed Mini, which is anything but.
Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, we’ve just been road and trail testing the latest Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian behemoth.
Parking this mighty long-wheelbase, four cab, 4x4 beast is surprisingly easy – if only you can find a space in which it will fit, which rules out most multi-stories.
Not only will it overhang the allotted bay on both sides but, even if you back in all the way to the wall, the L200 will overhang at the front by several feet.
Of course, being super-sized has its advantages. For starters, you are unlikely to be intimidated in the downtown traffic maelstrom and if you happen to be a farmer or a builder then you will appreciate the massive flat-bed load space and 1 tonne carrying capacity while your passengers will have no complaints when it comes to space and comfort considerations.
Though the L200’s raison d’être is as a tough every day workhorse, its interior errs very much on the luxury side of things, with ail manner of creature comforts, including not just one but two front passenger grab handles.
The fifth generation L200’s impressive lugging power comes from a new 2.4-litre MIVEC diesel lump that is far from being muscle bound, producing silky efficient running even when being hard pressed, though, like most pick-ups, it has poor ride and the steering and body control tend to be a little wayward.
However, without too much restraint, 44-mpg combined cycle fuel consumption figures are achievable.
The current L200 line-up comes with a choice of nine trim levels with three cabin sizes and two, four or five seat configurations. Buyers can also opt for either a manual or automatic gearbox.
All L200 models now get air-con, Bi-xenon headlights and switchable four-wheel drive, while specs become increasingly more comprehensive as you move up the range at the top of which stands the Barbarian we tested, which has a price tag of less than £21,000, for which outlay you get privacy glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, the super-select four-wheel drive system and lane departure warning.
On top of all this, the L200 Barbarian comes with a generous five-year or 150,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty.
The L200 may be a rather ugly brute but it gets the job done at an overall ownership cost that will keep the accountant in you happy.