L200 Barbarian X Double Cab Auto 4WD
ahead, make my day! With a
name like Barbarian X you just know
gonna be in your face as much
as Dirty Harrys
THERE'S PLENTY OF visual Sudden Impact about Mitsubishi's 'hard-man'
pick-up from the moment you first catch sight of its forcefully blunt
nose, slim LED headlamps that remind you of a gunfighter's eyes as he strides
to a high noon showdown, snaking horns of gleaming chrome corralling the deep
grille, and deep pods housing stacked indicators and fog lamps, this is one
Swing open the large wide-opening door, grasp the sturdy grab handle on the
screen pillar and pull yourself over a sill with vivid blue illuminated 'Barbarian
X' branding that's a blazing match with our press car's can't-miss-me high-glaze
metallic Electric Blue paintwork.
The cabin features plenty of leather not surprising given that the Barbarian
X sits on the top rung of the L200 trim ladder. Most striking are the X's bespoke
'six-pack' suede centre panels edged by effective side bolstering on the sporty-looking,
well-padded, and supportive leather seats. The fist-and-a-half of front headroom
and boot-friendly footwells also go down a treat, as too does the power-adjustable
driver's seat and the seriously commanding driving position with full four-corner
lighting along with smart dash brightwork boosts the plush upscale look while
the driver is further pampered with a heated steering-wheel (a multifunction
four-spoke item with a good-to-grip perforated leather rim). A wide, for-two-to-share
padded suede central armrest caps a deep storage bin plus there are large bottle-
holding front door pockets, a real-world glovebox, siamesed dual-use cupholders,
and a drop-down case for your shades.
plenty of leather.
Most striking are the
suede centre panels
edged by effective side
bolstering on the
padded, and supportive
Also going down a treat
is the power-adjustable
drivers seat and the
driving position with
You can also tick off two-stage heated front seats and dual-zone climate control.
Keyless entry, privacy glass, cruise control, power windows, auto-dimming rearview
mirror, auto wipes and lights, height-adjustable belts, Hill Start Assist, drive-off
auto door locking, and powerfolding heated door mirrors are all standard-fit,
as too are decent comms and that includes a very useful (more so given
the Barbie's 5.3-metre footprint) parking camera displaying a 360-degree bird's-eye
view with active grid, supported by proximity sensors nose and tail.
Talking of comms, the Barbarian X covers all the key bases although some owners
will miss not having a built-in SatNav. That noted, many smartphone-addicted
drivers prefer to use their favourite navi-apps and for them there's Apple CarPlay
and Android Auto mirroring. More good news: a generous supply of USB ports along
with an HDMI input, Bluetooth with music streaming, and a DAB digital radio.
Safety tech is up-to-speed and includes a Forward Collision Mitigation System,
Stability & Traction Control, Lane Departure Warning, Trailer Stability Assist,
Emergency Stop Signal System plus front, side, curtain and knee airbags. Also
working to keep your Barbie ding-free are blind spot and rear-cross traffic
assists (they're also great at warning of kamikaze fast-food delivery two-wheelers).
Equally useful, and making night-time driving infinitely more relaxing, is automatic
Main/Dip beam switching plus LED headlights with auto levelling, LED high beams
(daytime running lights are also LED). And when the foul weather rolls in there's
always the Super Select four-wheel drive, selected with a quick twist of the
rotary control knob behind the selector lever for on-the-fly switching between
front-wheel drive (2H) and all-wheel drive (4H) at speeds of up to 62mph.
passengers will be surprised at how comfy the back seat of a pick-up can be.
Spacious too. Side-steps, full-opening doors along with grab handles (both overhead
and on the B-pillars) make getting up into the rear cabin a doddle for seven-
very car-like L200
Barbarian drives more
like an SUV.
Helped by comfortable
seats, it rides around
smoothly and even
driving over lumpy
Once settled into its
relaxing motorway gait,
its a laid-back cruiser;
with tyre, road and
wind noise all well
Three side-by-side is doable and you sit about six inches higher than those
up front so views out are good and if you like the wind on your face you'll
be pleased to know that the large window glasses drop fully down into the doors.
A well-padded centre armrest with built-in twin-cupholders and bottle-holding
door pockets along with large pouches on the front seatbacks will also be appreciated,
as too will the liveable foot, knee and headroom, two child seat mountings and
pair of USB jacks.
The body-on-frame construction used to provide maximum robustness on pick-up
trucks can make for some body jiggling and bounciness, especially when unladen.
However, the L200 has this well under control thanks to a supple suspension
set-up and tall-sidewalled (60 profile, 265 width 18-inch Dunlop tyres) that
between them help accommodate surface upsets and make the Barbarian drive more
like an SUV. Aided by comfortable seats, it rides around town surprisingly smoothly
and even driving over lumpy blacktop isn't a ride-breaker. Once settled into
its relaxing motorway gait, it's a laid-back cruiser, one that's unexpectedly
muted with tyre, road and wind noise all well suppressed.
Power for the Barbarian doesn't come out of the barrel of a ·44 but from a new
2.2-litre turbodiesel. Thumb the starter button and the four-pot fires up instantly,
ready to deliver 148bhp along with 295lb ft of torque from 1,750rpm enough
to take it to 106mph and put the 0-62mph 'sprint' to bed in 13.5 seconds.
The official combined consumption is 29.1mpg. Easily confirming that, we recorded
a 30.1mpg average over the course of a hard-pressed week; not at all bad for
such a hefty all-wheel drive truck. Orchestrating the gear-shifting in 'our'
test Barbie was a six-speed autobox; DIY-ers can, should they wish, specify
a six-ratio manual stick-shift.
selector lever flicks easily through the gate to its Drive position where it
can be left to look after business for you, or nudged to the right into the
box's manual mode and tapped fore-and-aft for driver-dictated shifts; alternately,
gear changes can be made using paddle-shifters on the steering column. Moving
off is smooth and so too is pootling around in heavy traffic with minimal noise
from under the clamshell bonnet.
that this is a
pick-up and not a Sports
Ute, the L200 handles
reassuringly; the power
steering is nicely
weighted and sharper
than you might be
expecting, grip is sure,
and body control well
managed; add to that the
L200s inbuilt bias
towards safe understeer
and you can hustle along
back roads with
Cruising in with fast-moving traffic on dual carriageways and motorways is pretty
relaxing you feel that you're behind the wheel of a car rather than a
pick-up that can tow three-and-a-half tonnes.
that this is a pick-up and not a Sports Ute, the L200 handles reassuringly;
the power steering is nicely weighted and sharper than you might be expecting,
grip is sure, and body control well managed; add to that the L200's inbuilt
bias towards safe understeer and you can hustle along back roads with confidence.
Off-road its separate-chassis construction, underpinned by a no-nonsense suspension
set-up (independent at the front; leaf-sprung live axle at the rear) plus four-wheel
drive, gives it more capability than many a SUV whereas a hard drive
over off-the-grid terrain can make quite a mess of a £100,000 SUV, a serious
mud-plugger like the Barbie can better roll with the punches.
Armed with its electronically-controlled four-wheel drive (supplemented by an
effective Hill Descent Control system) the Barbie shows off a wide repertoire
of abilities, from a 600mm wading depth to coping in tricksy muddy conditions
unless you've personally faced it, few drivers realise that deep mud
can be every bit as treacherous as ice and snow.
A lockable centre diff adds extra bite to both the high (4HLc) and low (4LLc)
4x4 modes, while traction can be further fine tuned using the Off-Road Mode
button which offers customised settings that optimise engine torque, transmission,
wheel slip, stability, and traction control for tackling Mud/Snow, Sand, Gravel,
and Rock effectively the Barbie's off-road 'get out of jail free card'.
pick-ups don't have a proper boot as such, the Barbarian's roller blind puts
a lid on the loadbed to create a large all-purpose luggage bay. It's lockable
too and facilitates hassle-free loading and unloading over the sides (helped
by the side-steps) despite the rugged squared-off wheelarches that together
with contemporary LED taillights beef up the L200's tough-looking rear haunches.
as the Barbarian X
are unlikely to see the
dirty side of a
but that doesnt mean
they cant handle normal
The L200s loadbed
takes 1,075kg and tows
a braked 3.5 tonnes.
Caravan and trailer
towing are core duties for
the L200 and on that
front the Barbarian
delivers in spades...
models such as the Barbarian X are unlikely to see the dirty side of a construction
site; but that doesn't mean they can't handle normal pick-up duties. The L200's
loadbed has a competitive maximum payload of 1,075kg and its braked towing ability
is now 3.5 tonnes. Caravan and trailer towing are core duties for the L200,
and on that front the Barbarian delivers in spades.
A damped 'soft opening' tailgate makes light work of managing serious cargo
and looks manly enough to support a sumo wrestler while the über-tough load
liner will take whatever you throw at and in it. There's also a strong bumper
step that will bear your full weight without flexing.
Mitsubishi's tough and reliable L200 pick-up trucks have been both an ongoing
success and a mainstay of the Japanese 4x4/SUV brand in the UK for many years.
Now backed by a generous five-year warranty, this handsome statement-making
and family- and lifestyle-orientated sixth-gen version has been improved every
which way and clearly it's here to stay! ~ MotorBar
Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X Double Cab Auto
Maximum speed: 106mph | 0-62mph: 13.5 seconds | Test Average: 30.9mpg
Power: 148bhp | Torque: 295lb ft | CO2: 206g/km