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Volkswagen

Mitsubishi L200

Barbarian Amarok 3.0 V6

TDI Double 163 4Motion Cab

Trendline

List price inc VAT

£34,056

List price inc VAT

£30,455 List price ex VAT

£28,380

List price ex VAT

£25,430

THE MITSUBISHI L200 and Fiat

Fullback Cross are identical in

most DESPITE ways BEING – a bit ONEof like Jedward. the world’s But

before biggestyou car skip manufacturers, over this pick-up,

assuming Volkswagen there’s was relatively nothing new late

to say the after pick-up reading partyabout whenthe

it

Fullback, launchedhold the Amarok fire, because in 2010. there

are Butathere’s few key nodifferences.

harm in biding

your Fortime example, whenleg youroom can launch in the a

rear product isn’tas quite impressive as good asthis.

it in

theThe Fullback, Amarok because is extremely the thickly well

padded rounded, leather and inseats many that keyyou areas get

with excels. Barbarian On thetrim road, take it offers away

athe fewsmoothest extra millimetres ride, especially of knee

room at higher for those speeds, inwith the rear. lightIt’s and only

accurate minor difference, steering, and granted, it setsbut

itself

it’s apart not byideal being when the the onlyrest pick-up of the

interior here to be is powered equally disappointing,

by a V6 rather

due thantoa low-rent four-cylinder plastics engine. and a

flawed Evendriving the entry-level position. 161bhp

3.0-litre Thingsmodel don’t get we tested much has better

for plenty theof L200 oomph, whenmaking you look the at

the Amarok difference one ofinthe performance quickest pickups

you can it and buy. the With Fullback, loads of with

between

the low-rev official muscle, figures it pulls showing stoically that

the at all L200 times is and significantly has littleslower troublein

the hauling 0-62mph around dash, a heavy evenload. though In

they practical haveterms, the same the engine Amarok stands

basic out, too, underpinnings.

with the widest load bed

and That onesaid, of thehighest difference payloads. in pace

doesn’t Inside, seem you’ll quite findso a no-frills dramatic in

the interior real world, that trades withflamboyance

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.

1

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 2 they

use the same

engine, 1 It may have the the L200

smallest infotainment

iscreen, slower but it’s the than

easiest system to use

the Fullback’

1

1 Worst infotainment 2 As in the Fullback, 3 High seating position

All protection

system here, with no paddle shifters are a rare and a low roof mean

81% 84% 76% 64%

physical shortcut buttons touch of class in a drab, taller drivers might find

and convoluted menus cheap-feeling interior visibility restricted

AEB No

With the smoothest ride here, accurate steering and punchy performance, the Amarok is impressively well adapted for road use

915mm

955mm

1390mm

1515mm 685mm

675mm

940mm 990mm

1540mm

1430mm

1055mm 1070mm

Poor Spacious-feeling head room isAmarok tempered hasby thegenerous widest interior leg room; hererelatively and among narrow the best interior head means roomthe front L200 andfeels rear, joint so five tightest, adultswith can the sit in Fullback comfort

3

2

BEST

INTERIOR

QUALITY

STATS, SPECS AND RATINGS

0-62mph

9.8sec

Top

speed

110mph

Engine 6cyl,2970cc,diesel

Peak power 161bhp @ 2750-4500rpm

Peak torque 332Ib ft @ 1250-2500rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

Kerb weight 2127kg

Turning circle 13.0m

Economy 32.5mpg

(NEDC average)

Tank 80 litres

CO 2 emissions 228g/km

SAFETY

Euro NCAP crash rating

yyyyy

‘The Amarok

is extremely

well rounded,

excelling in

key areas’

BEST

RIDE

and panache for robustness and

functionality. There aren’t that

many soft-touch plastics, but it

certainly doesn’t feel low-rent

and it’s all very well put together.

The infotainment is the best of the

bunch, too, with helpful shortcut

buttons and an easy layout.

There’s loads of head room front

and rear, but leg room is a little

tight in the back. The Amarok has

the broadest interior of the lot,

but that also means it’s the widest

pick-up here – so squeezing it into

tight parking spaces will probably

be your biggest challenge, not

helped by the fact that parking

sensors and a reversing camera

are expensive options.

2 Manual gearbox has 3 No frills, but build

All protection

a long throw; we’d go quality is bang on; the

86% 64% 47% 57%

for the more powerful buttons and dials in

engine with an auto particular feel robust AEB No

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

3

STATS, SPECS AND RATINGS

0-62mph

11.8sec

Top

speed

111mph

Engine 4cyl,2442cc,diesel

Peak power 177bhp @ 3500rpm

Peak torque 317Ib ft @ 2500rpm

Gearbox 5-spd automatic

Kerb weight 1860kg

Turning circle 12.4m

Economy 37.7mpg

(NEDC average)

Tank 75 litres

CO 2 emissions 196g/km

SAFETY

Euro NCAP crash rating

yyyyy

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