The What Van? Road Test: Isuzu D-Max

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Load bay

Access to the cargo box is by means of a tailgate that drops down horizontally when you tug the single, centrally positioned handle. As with the tailgates fitted to almost all modern pick-ups, it will not fall through a full 180° because the beefy back bumper is in the way.

Our lsuzu D-Max load bay was defended against minor scratches and scrapes by a standard plastic liner and seemed to be suffering from a shortage of cargo tie-down points. We could only spot two – one on each side of the loading aperture.

The cargo was protected against thieves and the elements by a lockable Mountain Top Roll roller-shutter cover. A strap is provided so you can pull it closed. Payload capacity is up 33kg to 1,091kg when compared with the previous model.

As indicated above, the D-Max’s towing capacity is generous and the roof bars provide a bit more carrying space should you require it.

If you are looking to transport items on the roof, however, then don’t overload it, and also be careful that you don’t damage the Utah’s shark’s fin antenna.


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