Isuzu is a household name in the increasingly popular pick-up truck market, thanks to its legendary D-Max.
This second generation model has been on the market for several years, and is available as a single cab, extended cab (which includes a folding second row of seats) and the more common double cab version. There is only one engine in the range, though, a twin-turbocharged 2.5-litre diesel engine with 160bhp and the choice of a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox.
The D-Max has all the grunt and ability that many would want from a pick-up, but, with a weight of nearly two tonnes and a typically rugged suspension set-up, its on-road behaviour can be a little short of sophistication, and its fuel consumption is relatively high.
The question is, as the veteran of the pack, can it still keep pace with its younger, fitter and more sophisticated peers, pick-ups such as the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger, while keeping the newcomers such as the Fiat Fullback and Renault Alaskan at bay?
Read on over the next few pages to find out, and to get our in depth impressions of the D-Max, and our recommendations for which of the trim levels we’d choose.