Isuzu MU-X Quick Review

By Sean Muir, 26 Feb 2016 Car Reviews

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Isuzu MU-X Quick Review

The Isuzu MU-X is a simple and reliable four-wheel drive wagon with an attractive price tag. Its engine and gearbox are well-proven and its basic design and electronics mean there are fewer things to go wrong. This car is for anyone who wants consistent on- and off-road performance, without the frills.

PLUS

  • Reliability: The MU-X’s diesel engine is the latest version of the Isuzu engine used since the last Holden Rodeo. That means it’s dependable, even if it’s not the most advanced or refined engine. It’s also backed by the Aisin five-speed auto used by Toyota in several Prado and Land Cruiser models. That’s a winning combo.

  • 4x4: After a hard week’s work, there are not many better things to do than escape the other humans. And the MU-X will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go. It’s not a soft-roader. It’s a real 4x4, with old-school capability.

  • Price: Starting at $45,600 for the manual and $47,800 for the automatic, the MU-X is excellent value for money. In fact, if a dependable, tough 4x4 wagon without bells and whistles is what you want, it’s hard to find better value.

  • Training: If you’ve always wanted to go off road but you don’t know where to start, the Isuzu I-Venture Club can assist with professional 4x4 training for Isuzu owners. The short courses are designed to help owners get the most out of their vehicles, whether they’re novices or hardcore off-roaders.

MINUS

  • Cabin: This is not a fancy pants car.  The cabin looks dated and it has more of a commercial feel than a passenger-vehicle feel. It’s practical, though. Just don’t expect all the latest and greatest tech and refinements.

  • Old-school: The MU-X is not the most user-friendly car for those who have never driven a 4x4. It has a part-time 4x4 system, which means the driver has to choose the right 4x4 mode as needed. Also, its traction control is a bit outdated and there is no rear diff lock or hill-descent control. What all that means is you need to know what you’re doing to take this wagon off-road – which is where Isuzu I-Venture Club can help.