The interior layout, fit and finish
Climb aboard the Isuzu D-Max and you’ll find a well laid out interior along with a decent driving position that includes lumbar support on the driver’s seats of all models (manual for single and extended cabs; electric on double cab). Some might wish the steering wheel would come out further from the dashboard, though.
Visibility is good thanks to a decent forward view, sizeable door mirrors and relatively slim side pillars. Rear parking sensors are standard from DL20 models, while the DL40 gets them at both ends, along with a reversing camera.
A 7.0in infotainment system comes as standard on DL40 D-Max models, with an upgraded 9.0in version reserved for the top-spec V-Cross. It responds swiftly enough to your commands, but the graphics are not particularly attractive. Fortunately, that not too much of a problem because you get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto so you can bypass it completely.
Unlike a lot of pick-ups, the Isuzu D-Max has some soft-touch plastics on top of the dashboard, and there are painted trim highlights on higher-end versions around the gear lever, infotainment screen and door cards to visually lift things. All the buttons and toggles have a very robust feel and will probably continue to do so long after the warranty has expired. For sheer plushness, though, the cheaper Ssangyong Musso has the edge.
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