Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian Double Cab
List price inc VAT £34,056 List price ex VAT £28,380
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