Mitsubishi introduced the newly-developed 2.4D-ID into the L200 Series 5, which replaced the veteran 2.4-litre engine of the Series 4. According to the official NEDC figures, the new engine is far more efficient, but how does that relate to real world driving on our L200 Barbarian Long-Termer? Read this Mitsubishi L200 fuel economy update to find out.
Fleet orientated 4Life models, which includes the single and extended (Club) cab models, are fitted with Stop/Start as standard and a lower-powered 154PS engine, and are the most fuel-efficient in the L200 range. The non-standard fitment of Stop/Start, more powerful 181PS output and heavier kerbweight of the double cabs, which reduces the rolling resistance and requires more energy to more, reduces the fuel economy of the L200 Barbarian.
We’ve lined the Mitsubishi L200 up against five of its rivals to compare fuel economy. In terms of performance, our L200 Barbarian produces 181PS and 430Nm so the nearest competitors would be the Nissan Navara 2.3dCi 190, Ford Ranger 3.2 200, Toyota Hilux 2.4 D-4D 150 (one engine option), SsangYong Musso 2.2 e-XDI 180 and the Isuzu D-Max 1.9 163.
L200 fuel economy: urban
In the urban environment, the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian Euro 5b achieves 34.9mpg according to official figures. This compares to 40.9mpg on the Nissan Navara, 26.9mpg on the Ford Ranger, 34.4mpg on the Toyota Hilux, 32.1mpg on the SsangYong Musso and 37.2mpg on the Isuzu D-Max.
Out of the six, the L200 boasts the third best fuel economy in the city behind the Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-Max.
L200 fuel economy: highway
On the motorway, the L200 idles at around 1,600rpm at 70mpg, which means it returned an impressive 49.6mpg on the NEDC highway test. This is best in class, ahead of the Nissan Navara (47.1mpg), Ford Ranger (39.2mpg), Toyota Hilux (44.8mpg), SsangYong Musso (46.3mpg) and Isuzu D-Max (42.8mpg).
Mitsubishi L200 fuel economy: combined
On the combined cycle, the Mitsubishi L200 fuel economy is 42.8mpg (according to official figures), which is slightly behind the Nissan Navara (44.8mpg), but ahead of the Ford Ranger (33.6mpg), Toyota Hilux (40.4mpg), SsangYong Musso (39.8mpg) and Isuzu D-Max (40.4mpg).
L200 real world economy
Over the past 2,168 miles in our long-termer, we’ve covered a mixture of short and long haul routes, both loaded and unloaded. We’ve consumed 275.5 litres (60.06 gallons) of diesel over this time, which equates to an average fuel economy of 36.1mpg – which isn’t too far off the official unloaded combined figure of 42.8mpg.