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Isuzu D-MAX & MU-X in the News

We’ve driven the MY17 and MY18 D-MAX back-to-back, across a variety of terrains, and there is an immediately obviousimprovement in rear suspension compliance and ride quality. New three-leaf rear spring offers up a smoother ride both on and off-road.
Steane Klose | Loaded 4x4 

Isuzu has also enhanced its already impressive ‘cost of ownership’ package for the D-MAX and MU-X, which already includes a five-year warranty and five years’ roadside assistance. Service intervals have stretched out to 12 month/15,000km service intervals, while total cost of the five-year/75,000km capped servicing program is down to $2090.

Chris Fincham | Motoring 

“Inside, the LS-T features a more upmarket appearance with perforated leather interior trim and soft leather finish on the dash, glovebox and armrests. Door handles are finished in chrome while air vents and some switch gear are replaced with glossy black parts. The nicer interior also makes its way into LS-M and LS-U ute grades.” 

Alex Rae | Drive 

“Underneath it all, from the bog-standard 4x2 cab chassis to the new top-of-line 4x4 crew cab LS-T, D-MAX sports a bulletproof driveline and chassis, evidenced by the crazy but successful adventures of some intrepid explorers into the great Australian wherever, with only an Isuzu ute as a trusted companion. Off-road the truck pedigree of the driveline shines through. There’s little need to use more than 1500rpm as the engine’s 430Nm and low-range gearing ambles over most obstacles.” 

David Meredith | The West Australian 

“Isuzu sticks to the core principles — same tough-as-nails engine and transmission, the good warranty and sharp prices are quite rightly left alone.”

Iain Curry | 

“More comfortable suspension, extra creature comforts and colours, upped GVM and towing safety, and longer service intervals: the 2018 Isuzu D-MAX LS-T gets more than a few worthy tweaks.” 

Mike Costello | Caradvice 

“A change in rear suspension set-up has improved the D-MAX’s on-road manners and refinement, while retaining its impressive off-road and towing capabilities. The seat changes are the most noticeable and do well to provide improved lateral support, the perforated leather providing nice cushioning, where older models had you sliding around on synthetic trim.” 

Cameron Kirby | Wheels 

“The MY18 model feels nicely settled
at the rear on undulations taken at a moderate click – 50-60km/h – with the rear feeling much softer than the relatively firm rear-end of the MY17 model.” 

Tristan Tancredi | 4x4 Australia 

“All in all, some rather well thought out upgrades that have come from Isuzu listening to the Australian punters and their requirements, instead of just throwing things in from other domestic markets that we Aussies scratch our heads about.” 

Wes Whitworth | Pat Callinan’s 4x4 Adventures 


The MU-X is a solid SUV wagon and it only continues to gain more appeal and, with it, a growing legion of fans. You certainly see a lot of them around – in the bush, in the suburbs and on city streets.’s a very practical daily driver or weekend tourer and performs very well in the real world. The top choice for me remains the LS-T. 

Marcus Craft | Carsguide 

“Like the D-MAX, the 3.0L turbo diesel engine has been updated, torque now comes on sooner and harder with 430Nm available from as low as 2000rpm. We had the opportunity to tow a 3-tonne caravan, and you can absolutely notice the difference in power delivery over the previous MU-X.” 

Unsealed 4X4 

“The Isuzu MU-X has long been a favourite here at OzRoamer, having won the coveted ‘7 Seat 4WD Under $60,000’ three times since it was originally launched. If you 

are looking for a robust, honest, durable, reliable 4WD or tow vehicle you would find it hard to pass the MU-X over. The Isuzu MU-X remains a firm favourite here at OzRoamer, simply because of its capabilities and no fuss attitude to delivering a relaxed driving experience.” 


“We’re glad Isuzu has stuck with the higher-capacity diesel engine, as this means more effortless power off-boost and better real-world fuel economy since the engine doesn’t struggle as much as some of the rivals. Off-road the MU-X shows its prowess with low-range gearing teaming up very well with the engine’s newfound torque.” 

“The Isuzu MU-X has become a surprise top-seller thanks to an unpretentious focus on back-to-basics toughness over fancy mod-cons. The MY17 update seeks to add some of the latter, without compromising the former.” 

“On rough surfaces and gravel roads, though, the MU-X’s ride and handling balance is outstanding. The improvements to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) suppression, too, have paid big dividends. Even over gravel roads, there is almost zero tyre noise penetration ... the silence from under the MU-X is uncanny.” 

“This new model Isuzu has retained the best of the previous version, with additional features to add value. The entertainment system, charging points, Bluetooth connectivity, storage solutions and seat profiles all combine to package a high level of satisfaction for MU-Xers whether mooching around the suburbs or crashing through scrub.” 

The West Australian 

“A practical seven-seat capacity and good interior comfort should appeal to families and, for touring, the previous generation has proven the MU-X is built tough.” 

Practical Motoring 

“With its great engine and six-speed auto, as well as a neat interior and stylish exterior, this MU-X is at least a big step in the right direction.” 

“From behind the wheel the punchy turbo diesel engine hits the spot with its excellent pulling power from way down in the revs. Add in the mass of full cabin or a trailer on the tow bar, and it barely notices. Away from the rough stuff and back on the highway, the upgraded engine impresses, with a feeling of more power across its rev range compared to the previous engine.” 

The Motor Report 

“We had the opportunity to give the MU-X a work out on some forestry tracks, and the combination of 230mm ground clearance, good off-road angles and satisfactory engine torque make for a handy tool in the bush.” 

Having sampled both vehicles a number of times over the years I am pleased to say that the extra torque really does help ‘round out' the Isuzu products. They were always adequate, now they feel that bit stronger and more capable, both on-road and off. 

Joel Helmes | 


“The new D-MAX and MU-X continue to be one of the most trustworthy packages around. A tried and proved diesel is now more economical and supplies more torque. It’s also quieter and more refined, while the new transmissions do wonders to slice up and make better use of the engine’s outputs.” 

Brett Davis | 

“The Isuzu 4JJ1 diesel has by far the best pedigree in the ute market. The Euro 5 engine was very pleasant to operate, having a smooth power and torque delivery from around 1400rpm. There was no noticeable turbo lag, no surging and no flat spot. The D-MAX’s Aisin auto is a beauty, with almost seamless up and down shifts. On road the latest D-MAX handled predictably and the rear end behaved well on bumps. Steering is still hydraulic, not electric, and feel was excellent.” 

Allan Whiting | 

“With regards to the impressive Aisin automatic gearbox, a lock-up torque converter and adaptive shifting combine with sequential shifting to give the driver plenty of control, especially when off-road. It also ensures the 3.0TD engine works in its most effective rev-range for every driving situation.” 

Justin Walker | 4x4 Australia Magazine 

“A heavy duty new engine developed for Australian conditions, plus tried and tested underpinnings, make it a smart pick. A practical, comfortable piece of equipment.” 

Richard Berry | 

“Considering the D-MAX was already an honest, hard-working ute with very good off-road performance and good towing ability, the addition
of more torque and improvement in fuel economy is very welcome. The new automatic six-speed is far better matched for all driving conditions, be that on the beach, in low-range or on the highway ... the Isuzu D-MAX has made leaps and bounds in all the right areas.” 

Brendan Batty | Australian Caravan+RV Magazine 

“You have to admire any brand that dives head-first into a crowded, established market. That’s what Isuzu UTE did here with its D-MAX in 2008 and MU-X in 

2013. In the years since it’s steadily built a growing army of loyal customers – people devoted to a vehicle that’s quickly built a reputation for performance, dependability, and value. These new models build on that solid platform, and this update represents a solid and worthy step forward for the brand.” 

Rod Chapman |