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UK Drive: Isuzu D-Max

Friday 09 June 2017

UK Drive: Isuzu D-Max

The new Isuzu D-Max isn’t all that new, in truth. The biggest change comes in the form of a new 1.9-litre four-cylinder diesel that replaces the older 2.5-litre unit.

Save for this, the D-Max remains pretty much how it was before. There haven’t been any extensive changes to the car’s exterior – though this is no bad thing as the D-Max is a rather attractive truck to begin with. However, the interior has been given an update to make it more comfortable than before.

Looks & Image

As we mentioned, the D-Max’s looks haven’t changed all that much. There’s a new front bumper, bonnet and grille, but in truth you’d be hard-pressed to notice the difference between this new car and the one it replaces. 

Inside, there’s a far more upmarket interior than you’d expect from a pick-up. Our Utah-specification car received leather-upholstered seats, and while there were still plenty of low-quality materials used throughout the D-Max’s cabin, it remains a good place to be.

Though lacking the badge appeal of rivals such as the Volkswagen Amarok, there’s still plenty to like about the D-Max. It has a huge amount of presence on the road and, while it doesn’t look markedly different to the car It replaces, it’s still a good-looking car.

Space & Practicality

Our double cab test car had plenty of interior space, with plenty of head- and shoulder room for those up front and those sat in the back, too. There’s plenty of storage cubbies dotted throughout the interior too, helping to keep it clutter-free.

However, the area where the D-Max triumphs is with its sheer load-lugging ability. It can carry a payload of more than one tonne, as well as being able to two up to three and a half tonnes. The figures mirror those of the popular Nissan Navara.

Behind the Wheel

Considering the D-Max’s overall size – it’s longer than five metres and close to two metres wide – you could be fooled into thinking that it is difficult to drive. However, this really isn’t the case. The torquey engine makes pulling away simple, while the clutch isn’t too heavy either. Though there’s some weight to the steering, it’s by no means tiring.

The only issue to be found with the D-Max is its sheer size – especially on crowded city streets. Even with parking sensors and a rear-view camera equipped, the D-Max’s size is a constant concern.

Value for Money

Prices for the base-specification double cab start at £23,341, though our Utah-spec truck cost £28,921. Utah models benefit from a high amount of standard equipment, including keyless entry, satellite navigation, a reversing camera, DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Who would buy one ?

The Isuzu D-Max certainly isn’t the best choice if you live in urban areas, as its size would be a daily concern. The D-Max is aimed directly at those who want a reliable workhorse capable of carrying and towing heavy loads with minimal fuss. Its four-wheel-drive capability will also appeal to those who regularly go off-road, too. 

Facts at a Glance

Model: Isuzu D-Max Utah
Engine tested: 1.9-litre four-cylinder diesel
Power: 162bhp
Torque: 360Nm
Max speed: 112mph
0-60mph: NA
MPG: 40.4mpg
Emissions: 183g/km



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