Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Isuzu D-Max is a large vehicle and, as you’d expect, there’s enough head, leg and shoulder room for even the burliest of builders with oversized tool belts to get comfortable in.
You get four cup holders up front and two bottle holders in the door cards, a cubby in front of the gear lever and a centre console bin under the armrest. There are also two covered nooks in the dash and a decent glove box, although the storage nook above the glove box is mostly taken up with the disc reader for the navigation system in DL40 and V-Cross models.
Three average-sized adults should be able to sit across the rear bench in relative comfort in a double cab, even though the back is fairly upright and the floor is raised. The two outer perches are more sculpted and supportive compared with the rather flat bench in the Ford Ranger.
There are two more bottle holders in the rear doors and a couple of cup holders in the central armrest. The back of the passenger seat has a fold-out hook that’s rated for 4kg, making it the sturdiest 'curry hook' in the business. If you want to secure a valuable bike or other expensive kit inside the D-Max, you can flip up the seat bases in a 60/40 split or fold down the seat back. Doing the latter uncovers the vehicle jack and tool kit.
It’s the boot – or, rather, bed – that’s of most importance to pick-up buyers, though. As previously mentioned, there are three different lengths, decreasing as cab size increases, as with rivals like the Toyota Hilux and Ranger. All three bed sizes can take a standard UK-sized pallet lengthways between the wheel-arch intrusions.
There are four tie-down hoops in the bed, one for each corner, and double cab models have a damped tailgate for ease of opening. The rear bumper has steps you can stand on to reach over the sides to get at anything in the bed of the truck. All versions are capable of carrying more than 1000kg in the bed, and towing 3500kg, although not at the same time. The only pick-up capable of that at the moment is the Ssangyong Musso.
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