The What Van? Road Test: Isuzu D-Max

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017



Interior and equipment

Go for the Utah specification and you get to enjoy rather more luxury than you did when clattering about in your old Land Rover 110.

Climate control is included in the deal, as is cruise control. The seats are leather-trimmed, both the front seats are heated, and the driver’s perch can be electrically adjusted for reach, rake and height.

The steering wheel is height-adjustable too and a couple of 12V power points are provided.
Oddment stowage facilities include a roomy lidded box between the front seats, a lidded and lockable glove box, a lidded compartment on top of the dashboard, a holder for sunglasses above the windscreen, and bins with mouldings to hold a soft drink can in all four doors.

Electric windows are fitted all round and the heated exterior mirrors are electrically adjustable. They can be flipped inwards if you press a button.

If you are looking to be informed and entertained, then look no further. The Utah features Bluetooth connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also included are satellite navigation, a seven-inch touchscreen and an eight-speaker DAB digital radio in a redesigned instrument panel with remote controls on the steering wheel.

You will find a pair of well-camouflaged USB points on the dashboard if you look carefully plus another one on the rear of the aforementioned centre storage box for back seat passengers to squabble over.

Engage reverse, and a camera ensures that whatever is behind you appears on the dashboard screen. Rear parking sensors are fitted in case you still manage to misjudge the distance.

Detail -rear -seatAlthough we wouldn’t fight to occupy the overly cosy middle slot, the D-Max’s rear seating accommodation is more comfortable than we expected. Legroom isn’t excessively restricted and each seat boasts a lap-and-diagonal belt plus an adjustable headrest. If the centre seat isn’t occupied then an armrest can be folded down to benefit the two outboard passengers.

ABS, electronic stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control system all form part of the onboard safety package as does hill-start assist, a new feature.

The front fog lights should help keep you safe in murky weather, and if things do go badly wrong then at least all Isuzu D-Max pick-ups come equipped with front, side and curtain airbags.

A side step on both sides aids cab access. Grab-handles are fitted to both the A pillars and there are grab handles above each of the rear passenger doors.


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