Mitsubishi L200 Warrior and Barbarian review
“The L200 Warrior and Barbarian don’t muck around. They’re better equipped than most rivals and as tough as old boots.”
The Mitsubishi L200 is a proven off-roader and workhorse all-in-one. With a double cab it’s even fit for a family. It isn’t exactly a new name in the field either - the L200 boasts a history stretching back 40 years. Stick that in your Amarok and smoke it.
This is a pick-up enjoyed by the masses. It’s a mainstay in the pick-up sector with a reputation for toughness. To mark its 40th birthday, the fifth-gen model has been facelifted for 2019 and with that the trim levels have been rejigged too. To go with its fresh new look, the L200 has a better specification than ever. The most popular models are the top two trim levels, the Warrior and Barbarian.
The L200 Warrior is only available as a double cab and the load bed shares the same dimensions as the pre-facelift, so you’re looking at a load bed 1,520mm in length, 1,470mm in width and 475mm in depth.
It comes as standard with a reversing camera, electric power-folding door mirrors, an upgraded touchscreen infotainment system with Smartphone Link, keyless entry and push-button start, cruise control, Lane Departure Warning, leather upholstery, heated front seats and LED headlights (the pre-facelift had Bi-Xenon units).
The L200 Barbarian is the range-topping model. It doesn’t come with a bundle more equipment than the Warrior model, but it does stand out with styling enhancements which give it more road presence and a premium look.
The exterior styling pack adds a revised front grille, door handle surrounds, fuel filler trim and unique alloy wheels. On the inside, the Barbarian has premium leather upholstery which is softer and plusher than that in the Warrior. Barbarian models also come with a soft opening tailgate. Collision Mitigation and Warning, Blind Spot Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Around View Monitor also feature here.
Under the bonnet
Both models come with Mitsubishi’s top-end rotary Super-Select 4WD system which lets you switch between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on the fly as well as select from preconfigured drive modes for gravel and mud, snow, sand and rock. As before, this system has a rear differential lock for navigating harsh terrain.
The Warrior and Barbarian models come with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard which has revised gear ratios for better fuel economy. Optionally, you can have a new 6-speed automatic, and this is the transmission we would go for. It’s fast to respond, smooth around town and goes about its business without fuss.
Mitsubishi hasn’t announced official performance or economy figures for the 2.4-litre MIVEC turbo-diesel engine yet. In fact, they haven’t even confirmed if that’s the engine the facelifted L200 will get in the UK, but it certainly will be. We can say that because Mitsubishi do not believe in downsizing. This is one of the advantages the L200 has over the competition with its 2.4L engine producing 179bhp and 430Nm of torque in the pre-facelift.
Something that has changed is the suspension set up. The new L200 has uprated rear dampers which cope with rutted surfaces better. Mitsubishi’s thought behind this is to create a more stable ride when carrying a payload. But in reality the improvements to passenger comfort are just as profound. This is a pick-up you can spend more than an hour in without your back killing you. All models come with these uprated dampers as standard and they really do make a difference to the ride.
Of course an L200 isn’t an L200 if it can’t put in a day’s graft and if you’re interested in buying a Warrior or Barbarian for this you won’t be disappointed. A payload capacity of 1,050kg and a tow capacity of 3.5-tonnes make the L200 suitable for hard work. That huge payload capacity means you can add a hard top and still have 1,000kg to play with which is more than enough for most people.
The double cab on Warrior and Barbarian models comfortably accommodates five passengers and the leather upholstery adds a touch of class. The front seats are heated and there’s dual-zone climate control to keep everyone sitting pretty.
The L200 Warrior and Barbarian don’t muck around. They’re better equipped than most rivals and as tough as old boots. The facelift has rendered the L200 a handsome beast and we can’t think of a pick-up that looks better. Nothing else can match the value either (Isuzu D-Max aside) and so it really is in a class of its own.