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The Isuzu D-Max offers superior ride quality, a more efficient engine and a much slicker range of products than the Rodeo it has replaced. Is it good enough to challenge the best pick ups in its class? Drive a variant like this 4x4 DoubleCab Utah model and you wouldn't count against it.
Big pick up trucks have enjoyed quite some popularity in the UK, buoyed by a tax loophole that meant that company car drivers were quids in if they chose what was deemed a commercial vehicle over a typical private light goods vehicle. That novelty quickly wore off, as many realised that they would much rather be flying up the outside lane in a BMW 320d than lumbering along the crawler lane in a truck with suspension that seemed to be modelled on the kinematics of a bouncy castle.
Isuzu rather missed the boat in the 'luxury truck' sector. At the time, its offering was the distinctly agricultural TF. This was replaced by the more civilised Rodeo model and now we see the successor to the Rodeo, the D-Max. It might have arrived a bit late to capitalise on the sales bubble, but for genuinetradesman who need a solid workhorse, there's a lot to like here. Especially if said trades people can stretch to the plushest version, the DoubleCab 4x4 Utah, which is what we're testing here.
The Isuzu D-Max is powered by a highly fuel efficient 2.5-litre twin-turbo common rail diesel engine, available with the choice of either six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. This advanced Euro5-compliant unit generates 163 PS and peak torque output of 400 Nm at 1400 rpm. The Isuzu D-Max also introduces a 'shift-on-the-fly' system, allowing the driver to adjust between two- and four-wheel drive modes while travelling at speeds of up to 60 mph.
The front suspension comprises an independent double wishbone with coil-spring setup while the rear suspension is made up of over slung leaf-springs installed above a special long span rear axle. Isuzu claims this offers better driving comfort. Like the Rodeo, the D-Max is built on a rugged ladder-framed chassis, but the similarities end there. The i-GRIP (Isuzu Gravity Responsive Intelligent Platform) underpinnings of the D-Max are 42% stiffer than the old Rodeo chassis, helped by improved cross bracing at the rear, which offers superior stability under load and when towing
Isuzu offers the D-Max with four specification levels and, for the first time for Isuzu in the UK, with an extended cab body configuration - featuring rear-opening side-access panels - joining the single and double cab variants. The entry-level Isuzu D-Max is a single cab 4x2 derivative and above that are the double cab variants.
As well as being the most comprehensively developed, most efficient and most refined Isuzu pick-up to date, the D-Max is also a highly capable load-lugger: it has a three-tonne (braked) towing capacity and a payload capacity of 1,000 kg.
Whichever D-Max variant you choose, it'll come with daytime running lights, air-conditioning, all-round electric windows and a CD stereo. On the top of the range Utah variant we tried though, all the niceties were in evidence, as you'd expect on a vehicle demanding a budget of around £22,000. Things like roof bars, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity for your 'phone, heated and folding mirrors, climate control and leather upholstery.
There's a stack of safety gear built in across the range, with stability and traction control, six airbags, a four-channel anti-lock braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution all featuring. Anti-whiplash head restraints and a pedestrian-friendly front bumper and bonnet also contributed to a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating that's notably good for a pick-up truck.
On to the loading practicalities, which we'll base around the double cab variant that most UK customers will want. At around 5.3m long, this is certainly a pretty large vehicle, so you won't be surprised to flip down the sturdy drop-down tailgate (which can only retract to horizontal level because of the chunky bumper) and find a pretty substantial cargo area on offer. You'll find a space 1485mm long, 1530mm wide and 465mm in depth easily big enough for a euro pallet which can slide in the 1110mm-wide space between the wheelarches.
You get a unique-in-class five-year / 120,000-mile transferable warranty which helps beef up those residuals and reinforces the reputation for durability and ruggedness for which Isuzu pick-ups have become renowned. Not that you're likely to need it. In development, this design underwent over four million kilometres of endurance testing, the equivalent of 100 times round the world. There's also three years of roadside recovery and assistance, a three-year paint warranty and six years of anti-corrosion cover.
What else? Servicing is every 12,000 miles or 24 months. And insurance? Well it's group 9A or 10A, dependent on trims, for the double cab models. On the eco front, the CO2 emissions figure is a very respectable 194g/km and there's a dual Exhaust Gas Recirculation system to cut down on NOx Nitrogen Oxide emissions.Plus this very efficient common-rail Euro 5-compliant unit can return a class-leading 38.2 mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle.
Previous Isuzu pick-up models never really appealed to the lifestyle set. This D-Max could be different. Models like this top Utah 4x4 DoubleCab offer a decent alternative to buyers in this sector already set on blowing over £20,000 on a top Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Hilux or Nissan Navara.
Though this vehicle may not yet be thought on in the same terms as these competitors, it deserves to be. It won't have a straight run at them though. Ford's much improved Ranger will prove a serious impediment to the D-Max improving the old Rodeo's market share. It's worth trying this Isuzu though. Sometimes the less obvious choice pays big dividends.
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It’s annoying when your tools are sliding around when you’re driving. A bed rug mat provides carpet-like cushion of durable polypropylene and delivers a non-skid surface that buffers impacts and abrasions to both your bed and your cargo.
The benefits of a bed rug mat include:
The Truckman L Series Hard Top is a luxury canopy with the security of solid sides. This high top is made to be flush with your pickup cab. The paint is colour coded to paint of your pickup, which compliments the look of your vehicle even further.
The benefits of the Truckman L Series Hard Top include:
This high cab top is made to be flush with your pickup, therefore giving the appearance of being continuous. It’s colour coded too, so it complements the look of your vehicle.
The benefits of the Truckman Grand Hard Top include:
The Truckman GLS Hard Top is a sliding bulkhead window variant with a cab high top which is made to be flush with your pickup cab. The paint is colour coded to paint of your pickup, which compliments the look of your vehicle even further.
The benefits of the Truckman GLS Hard Top include:
The Truckman S Series Double Doors Hard Top Solid Doors is a side access hard top and boasts gull wing opening solid doors. You won’t have to compromise as the fully featured aspect of the original Truckman Grand Hard Top is included.
The benefits of the Truckman S Series Hard Top Solid Doors include:
This highly functional cover is designed to keep your cargo area safe, dry and clean. It’s made of durable aluminium chequer plate and has a carrying capacity of maximum 100 kg. The cover can be removed quickly and easily without using any tools. It locks to the tailgate keeping your cargo secure.
The benefits of a Mountain Top Tonneau include:
This aluminium, roller tonneau cover is fully retractable and can easily be locked into place every 300mm. If you have awkward or large loads to work with, adding the Jack Rabbit to your vehicle means that you no longer have to leave your loadbed fully exposed or wrestle with tonneau covers.
The benefits of the Jack Rabbit roller shutter include:
These rubber mats have been specifically designed to maximise the protection of your carpets. They will retain mud, dirt, water and snow which makes your life easier when cleaning. Being manufactured from a durable rubber they can easily be emptied out and cleaned.
The benefits of the Rubber Mats include:
Seat covers are designed to be extremely durable, protecting the upholstery of your pickup. By keeping your seats in immaculate condition you’re helping to safeguard the value of your vehicle.
The benefits of seat covers include:
Single 7 pin electrics also known as 12(N), can be fitted as standard to any tow bar. They provide power from your tow bar to the lights of your pickup.
The benefits of the Single Electric Tow Bar include:
Twin 7 pin electrics also known as 12(S), can be fitted as standard to any tow bar. They provide power from your tow bar to the lights of your pickup. If you're only going to be towing a trailer this is all you need.
The benefits of the Twin Electric Tow Bar include:
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Only had it a couple of weeks so far but it has been a great pickup so far and great at pulling a trailer.
only had it a couple of weeks but very happy with it.
A great vehicle with most of the available toys on the market today.
I have been a bit generous with my rating on the car for reliability and running costs as I have only had the pickup for 5 minutes but only time will tell. I did look at its competitors and after a weekend test drive of the D-Max, it did genuinely return 38mpg in every day driving and none of the others came close. Really happy with my decision.
A very comfortable and practical vehicle and also looks fantastic. It is too early to comment on running costs as it has only covered 125 miles. The interior does come across as a bit on the cheap side and the brown leather seats do not go with the dark grey interior but apart from that I'm very pleased.
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