Not a huge amount of adjustment but otherwise good
All L200’s come with levered manual driver’s seat adjustment - electric adjustment isn’t available, even as an option. The backrest is adjusted using a lever rather than a rotary wheel, which you fine tune pushing with your back. It’s simple but harder to get the perfect position as quickly.
All but entry-level cars get height adjustment and the L200’s steering wheel can be adjusted for height and reach, although taller drivers might be left wanting, as it isn’t the widest range of adjustment.
The seat itself isn’t the most comfortable, because there’s no adjustable lumbar support and only average lateral support in corners. Even the supposedly sporty leather seats in Barbarian models don’t hug you very well in tight bends.
At least the pedals on manual and automatic models are lined up nicely with the driver’s seat and there’s a decently sized footrest for comfort on long journeys. All the important controls are within easy reach of the driver, too.
Mitsubishi L200 visibility
Better forwards than it is backwards
From the L200’s raised driving position, your get a good view out over the bonnet at the road ahead. That’s because there’s a nice wide, tall windscreen and usefully thin pillars without any front quarter windows to get in the way. It’s the same to the side, so junctions and roundabouts are easily judged.
The view backwards really depends on how you spec your L200. The Single Cab, Club Cab and Double Cab versions each have a different rear window, at varying distances from the driver, but all are tall and wide enough to get a good view. That said, the Double Cab’s rear pillars obscure vision most.
Of course, there are various official Mitsubishi additions, such as truckman tops, sports bars and metal load bay covers that can get in the way further. Barbarian models come with a reversing camera as standard, but all L200’s can be fitted with rear parking sensors at your local dealer after being built. Front sensors aren’t available full stop.
Mitsubishi L200 infotainment
An aftermarket unit that lags behind the class best
There are three different systems in the L200 depending on what model you go for. 4Work and 4Life models come with a slim-line unit much like you’ll find for little money at Halfords. It’s simple, but reasonably effective, including a monochrome display, Bluetooth and a USB socket and being controlled via a large rotary dial and some fiddly menu shortcut buttons.
Weirdly, going up the range to Trojan, Challenger and Warrior models brings more equipment, but less infotainment. These models get a simple radio and CD player unit, but no monochrome display, no Bluetooth and no USB socket. It is possible to upgrade to the Barbarian’s system at your dealer, though.
While Ford and Volkswagen has fitted its pick-ups with impressive infotainment systems developed in-house, like most of its models, Mitsubishi has fitted its flagship Barbarian L200s higher up the range with a third-party system from Kenwood.
It consists of a 6.1in colour screen, flanked on the left by a single rotary dial and menu shortcut buttons. It’s a relatively bright display, but using the menus is far to complicated, while many of the onscreen buttons are too small to hit confidently on the move. At least it comes with a USB socket and DAB radio included.
Ultimately the L200’s rivals have much better infotainment systems. The Volkswagen Amarok, for instance, benefits from better infotainment systems throughout its range, as they’re borrowed from older versions of its Golf and Passat.
Mitsubishi L200 build quality
Functional rather than fancy, but well screwed together
Depending on how you plan to use your L200, the fact that its interior is very much functional not flashy might be a good thing. There’s very little in the way of soft touch plastics, while most of the switchgear feels clunky. Even the leather seats on range-topping L200s feels average quality.
Importantly, though, everything feels very well screwed together and like it will last, so those using their L200 for tough farming or building jobs won’t be afraid to chuck all manner of tools inside against the surfaces.
However, if you’re planning to spend time transporting your family, you might want a little more luxury for your money. Because the Volkswagen Amarok has an interior borrowed from VW’s family cars, it’s far higher quality, and could be the better choice.