For The D-Max is sturdily built and has a strong engine, lots of space and decent fuel economy.
Against There’s lots of engine noise, the ride is bouncy and some rivals are better off road.
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The Isuzu D-Max should last a lifetime, but a shortage of refinement means it won’t exactly be a life of luxury.
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There are 8 Isuzu D-Max versions available
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Traditionally, pick-ups have been aimed squarely at the building trade, but the D-Max’s immense load bay and massive ground clearance also won’t be lost on extreme leisure pursuit enthusiasts.
For everyday use, the engine's power goes to the rear wheels, but when encountering trickier terrain, a rotary dial mounted behind the gearstick can be turned to engage all four wheels. Crank the dial around another notch and the gear ratio settings are also reduced, enabling you to make the most of the engine’s rev range when crawling up a rutted track at walking pace.
The problem is that although the D-Max is fitted with heavy-duty leaf springs in the rear, it uses quite sophisticated double wishbone suspension up front, which is great for handling and ride comfort but restricts axle articulation and compromises off-roading abilities.
Isuzu is so confident in the mechanical robustness of the D-Max, however, that it comes with a five-year, 125,000-mile warranty.
Reader test team says:
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