2017 Isuzu D-Max Quick Review

By WhichCar staff, 16 Feb 2017 Car Reviews

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2017 Isuzu D-Max

The refreshed 2017 Isuzu D-Max has a fresh new look and a revised 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine.

Tell me about this car

The 2017 Isuzu D-Max is a 4WD ute that has recently undergone a mid-generation facelift, bringing a fresh look, revised diesel engine, six-speed auto and manual gearboxes and new technology in some variants.

The D-Max is a one-tonne utility vehicle that is as capable on outback roads as it is as a family car. In its recently updated version, it carries a more refined 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine (exclusive to Australia) and the same automatic gearbox used in the Toyota Prado.

2017 Isuzu D-Max Ute

Strengths

Euro5-compliant 3.0 turbo-diesel engine with additional soundproofing and more power, thanks to a wider torque band providing 380Nm.

Six-speed automatic and manual gearbox that offers perfectly matched ratios in the auto and tweaks to the manual for closer ratios. Overall, improving the drivability of the ute.

On- and off-road performance. The D-Max is made as an off-road capable utility vehicle and at that, it does a pretty good job with hill descent control standard in all models (even 4x2) and on-the-fly 2WD to 4WD. On-road, it controls body roll and takes to the road with refinement (when laden).

It’s versatile. It’s spacious enough to fit the family, tough enough to go off-road and durable enough to work as the utility vehicle it is.

2017 Isuzu D-Max Ute

Weaknesses

As is the case with most utes, when the tray is empty, it can feel a little harsh and bumpy on-road.

Unfortunately it misses out on a limited-slip differential and diff-lock option, so it relies solely on electronic traction control.

Although the reverse camera is extended to the LS-M variant, it’s still not standard across the range.

The seats are short in the base which means they’re not quite as comfortable as they could be. And there’s no reach adjustment for the steering wheel.

Any rivals I should consider?

Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara and the Mitsubishi Triton.