The L200 makes less and less sense the further up the range you go. Barbarian models look expensive next to equivalent rivals such as the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok but have similar amounts of equipment.
However, what Mitsubishi does that its rival manufacturers don’t tend to, is offer cheap and cheerful entry-level models such as its 4Work and 4Life trims that help keep the costs down. This is great if you’re looking to run one through work, as there are extra tax advantages due to a pick-up being classed as a commercial vehicle.
When it comes to running costs, the L200’s engines aren’t massively different in terms of fuel economy and CO2 emissions. It’s very slightly cleaner and more frugal than a Ford Ranger or VW Amarok, but the differences aren’t vast.
Mitsubishi L200 equipment
Well equipped, although its rivals are too
With nine trims to choose between, and a strange trim structure that sees the cheapest cars get kit you’d ideally want but don’t get half way up, choose your L200 can be tricky.
Put simply, if you aren’t too precious about the way your L200 looks from the outside, and suspect it will be put to tough work, then the 4Life models make most sense. They forego alloy wheels, but get a USB socket, Bluetooth, air-con, electric windows and stability control. This is our pick of the range.
If you want the ultimate off-road L200, then the Trojan is unique in getting a locking rear differential and the more powerful engine, but costs a fair bit more. For those who place image first, the alloy-wheel equipped Warrior makes more sense. There’s no touchscreen, but one can be added by your dealer, and it makes much more financial sense than the range-topping versions.
Mitsubishi L200 reliability
Not much to go on, but mechanically simple
Unfortunately, neither Mitsubishi, nor its L200 have been included in the latest round of reliability surveys. However, the L200 isn’t a complex machine mechanically, so shouldn’t cause too much trouble in terms of complex electronics.
Mitsubishi includes a five-year 125,000-mile warranty with every new L200, and buyers have the choice to pay for their servicing upfront for three years up to 27,000 miles for a cheaper cost.
Should you break down, every new L200 comes with three years of Mitsubishi’s Assistance Package. It covers you in the event of a breakdown, road traffic accident, fuel problem, lost or broken key, puncture, or attempted theft, and covers the UK and continental Europe.
Mitsubishi L200 safety & security
Isn’t the safest or most secure on the market
All L200’s come with ABS and EBD braking systems and driver and front passenger airbags, while all but the Trojan come with stability control, and all the Double Cab versions get ISO-Fix child seat mountings.
The L200 hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP since 2009, when the scorings were slightly different to how they are now. At the time, it scored good marks for adult safety, but average for child safety and poorly for pedestrian safety.
Security firm Thatcham hasn’t tested the L200 full stop. However, all L200s come with an immobiliser and all but 4Work and 4Life models comes with an alarm and locking wheel nuts.
The bare essentials designed to keep costs low for businesses. Even so, you still get Bluetooth, a USB socket, a CD player, stability and traction control. Gets more basic low and high range gearboxes with two gear levers, rather than slide selector of higher models.
The same as the 4Work models but with added electric windows, air conditioning and remote locking to make life a little easier. Club Cab models also add side steps. Gets more basic low and high range gearboxes with two gear levers, rather than slide selector of higher models.
Aims to be the tough off-road version. Only higher-powered L200 to get a diff-lock, manual gearbox only and 16in alloy wheels, remote locking, electric windows, climate control and privacy glass are included. Misses out on Bluetooth and stability control, though.
Same as the standard Trojan in terms of equipment, but adds black wheels, black roof panel and black door mirror caps in an attempt look more aggressive.
Gets the higher-powered diesel, the largest towing capacity of 3000kg and stability control but no diff-lock. Manual or auto gearbox, and also adds 17in alloy wheels, remote locking, climate control, cruise control, privacy glass, electric door mirrors. No Bluetooth is disappointing, but can be added.
Higher-powered diesel engine, 3000kg towing limit, traction control, cruise control, climate control and automatic lights and wipers all included.
Like the Warrior, gets the higher-powered diesel, the largest towing capacity of 3000kg and stability control but no diff-lock. Manual or auto gearbox and also adds, reversing camera, climate control, cruise control, sat-nav, heated leather seats, privacy glass, Bluetooth, USB/AUX port and electric door mirrors.
Same as the standard Barbarian in terms of equipment, but adds black wheels, black roof panel and black door mirror caps in an attempt look more aggressive.
Performance pack that includes 20in alloy wheels, upgraded suspension, new exhaust and unique leather seats. Can be applied to Barbarian L200s after registration.