Isuzu D Max Review

Added: 08 November 2018

The Isuzu D-Max has been on the road since 2012, and while it’s always been assumed as one of the biggest workhorses around, some of the newer models on the road are making it look more archaic than legendary. However, while that may be true for the moment, Isuzu maintains that the D-Max is the pickup of choice, with more luxury features to make this workhorse stand out from the crowd to be the best on the market.

The D-Max range is split into two with the Utility range consisting predominantly of four workhorse models, distinguished by a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive single cab, with double cab variants. Those who want a little more luxury want the Premium range to pick from, including the Eiger, Yukon, Utah and Blade range. All of these are available as a double cab except for the Yukon which can also be an extended cab.

Isuzu D Max

The Eiger may be an entry level option, but you’ll find the following features:

  • Air conditioning
  • Electric windows
  • Stereo system with USB & Bluetooth connectivity

When you upgrade to the Yukon, you get:

  • A leather clad steering wheel
  • Interior lighting
  • Cruise control

While the Utah adds:

  • Climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery

The D-Max Blade doesn’t disappoint the driver, as it includes luxuries such as:

  • Reversing camera
  • Climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Fully loaded eight speaker Pioneer infotainment system with 7-inch screen

Isuzu D Max

The dashboard in the Isuzu is dominated by hard plastics, which for some aren’t the most appealing to touch and feel rather out of place in the luxury interior. The controls are minimal but are easy to use. The Pioneer infotainment has an aftermarket look that can chug through the functions. The 2.5 litre four-cylinder diesel engine produces agricultural clatter, which goes with a high level of wind noise. Peak twist is limited to between 1400 and 2000rpm endowing the D-Max with plenty of energy and ensuring that the ratio needs a lot of changing during the drive. The weighty steering makes country road negotiation difficult and the price is hefty given that this particular Isuzu is showing its age now. This workhorse doesn’t have much in the way of driving finesse, with the bumps in the road translating to thuds that you’ll feel in the driver’s seat.

However, with all that being said, the raw capability of the D-Max is second to none. The hauling ability is great, and it will remain a huge advantage for some. The traction off-road is high, with the amount of equipment fitted impresses the masses. If you want an Isuzu with a no-nonsense attitude, then the D-Max is the right vehicle for you. For a little more refinement, perhaps not.

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