Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian Black review

* Limited edition L200 pick-up driven * Priced from 28,679 * Available from June 1...

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Tom Webster
23 Mar 2012 14:05 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The Mitsubishi L200's generous Barbarian trim is further bolstered by this Black special edition's upgrades, in the hope it'll appeal to more than just the traditional pick-up buyer.

The Barbarian Black edition comes with a selection of largely cosmetic upgrades. The most eye-catching of which are the black Barbarian stickers on the cab, but black door mirrors, alloy wheels, side steps and door handles also embellish the exterior.

Inside, all five seats are trimmed in leather and come with Barbarian Black logos, while standard equipment includes a Kenwood satellite-navigation system and four electric windows.

Whats the 2012 L200 Barbarian Black like to drive?
Despite the luxurious trappings, the mechanicals of the L200 remain firmly agricultural. The 175bhp 2.5-litre diesel is strong and can easily pull the pick-ups considerable bulk, but its a noisy process.

A further reminder of the L200s functional background is the large amount of wind- and road noise that enters the cabin, especially on the motorway.

Higher speeds also highlight the poor body control that leads to considerable roll in corners. The leaf-spring rear suspension is largely to blame; this also contributes to the fact that the ride in the back seats firmer than it is in the front.

The steering is light and easy, and theres a rear camera to help with parking, although this doesnt cover the full extremities of the L200. However, there are no parking sensors, so its best to keep an eye on the mirrors as well.

Whats the 2012 L200 Barbarian Black like inside?
The leather seats are comfortable throughout, and the hide itself seems suitably hardwearing.

While satellite-navigation comes as standard, it is an aftermarket unit that has been used in Mitsubishis in the past. It's frustrating to use, with a mixture of touch-screen functions and buttons making it fiddly and unintuitive.

Its harder to fault the huge rear bay, which is wide and long enough to cope with all manner of loads. The tough plastic lining means it should take plenty of abuse.

The rolling cover is slightly fiddly to secure in place, but it fits better than it did on L200s of the past.

Should I buy one? Copy here
As a tough and practical pick-up the L200 is a great option, but its hard to justify spending almost 28,679 for one. The added equipment on the Barbarian Black certainly doesnt turn it into a luxury SUV.

Rivals:
Nissan Navara
Volkswagen Amarok

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Tom Webster