Mit­subishi L200 Bar­bar­ian Dou­ble Cab

List price inc VAT £34,056 List price ex VAT £28,380

What Car? - - Comparison -

THE MIT­SUBISHI L200 and Fiat Full­back Cross are iden­ti­cal in most ways – a bit like Jed­ward. But be­fore you skip over this pick-up, as­sum­ing there’s noth­ing new to say after read­ing about the Full­back, hold fire, be­cause there are a few key dif­fer­ences.

For ex­am­ple, leg room in the rear isn’t quite as good as it is in the Full­back, be­cause the thickly padded leather seats that you get with Bar­bar­ian trim take away a few ex­tra mil­lime­tres of knee room for those in the rear. It’s only a mi­nor dif­fer­ence, granted, but it’s not ideal when the rest of the in­te­rior is equally dis­ap­point­ing, due to low-rent plas­tics and a flawed driv­ing po­si­tion.

Things don’t get much bet­ter for the L200 when you look at the dif­fer­ence in per­for­mance be­tween it and the Full­back, with the of­fi­cial fig­ures show­ing that the L200 is sig­nif­i­cantly slower in the 0-62mph dash, even though they have the same en­gine and ba­sic un­der­pin­nings.

That said, the dif­fer­ence in pace doesn’t seem quite so dra­matic in the real world, with both en­gines pro­vid­ing enough grunt to cope with tow­ing. But there’s no deny­ing that the L200 is slower than its Ital­ian cousin.

For­tu­nately, the L200 is slightly more en­joy­able to drive on the road, be­cause its ride is a bit more sup­ple. It’s still among the least com­fort­able pick-ups, but it isn’t quite as crashy as the Full­back over pot­holes and the like.

But per­haps the most im­por­tant dif­fer­ence be­tween the L200 and the Full­back Cross is the price. To lease, the L200 is an ab­so­lute bar­gain com­pared with the Full­back, although some op­tions, such as park­ing sen­sors, are avail­able only as ex­pen­sive deal­er­fit ac­ces­sories on the L200.

‘Although they use the same en­gine, the L200 is slower than the Full­back’

L200 is marginally more com­fort­able than the re­lated Full­back Cross, but it’s slower and suf­fers from the same in­ac­cu­rate steer­ing

1 Worst in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem here, with no phys­i­cal short­cut but­tons and con­vo­luted menus 2 As in the Full­back, pad­dle shifters are a rare touch of class in a drab, cheap-feel­ing in­te­rior 3 High seat­ing po­si­tion and a low roof mean taller driv­ers might nd vis­i­bil­ity re­stricted

Poor head room is tem­pered by gen­er­ous leg room; rel­a­tively nar­row in­te­rior means the L200 feels joint tight­est, with the Full­back

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