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The D-Max comes in three bodystyles – single cab, extended cab and double cab. These are the major load bed dimensions.
Payload rating varies with trim level and bodystyle from around 1,050kg to over 1,200kg – comfortably qualifying for commercial vehicle tax status.
Braked towing rating for four-wheel drive (4x4) models has been 3.5 tonnes since 2013; two-wheel drive (4x2) versions are restricted to 2.5 tonnes. Unbraked towing is the usual 750kg across the range.
Isuzu offers a large selection of load options and accessories, including bed liners (which will reduce the ultimate dimensions slightly), lockable load covers in vinyl and aluminium, roof racks, hardtops sports bars and tow hooks.
The Isuzu D-Max was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2012, and was awarded a four-star rating. Not bad for a pickup, even if the testing regime has been made significantly harder since then.
Electronic stability control (ESC) is standard across the range. And good thing, too, since the D-Max can get somewhat tail-happy if driven clumsily in the wet.Six airbags (front, side and curtain) are also standard, as are seat belt pre-tensioners and belt-force limiters in the front. You probably won't be surprised to learn that it doesn't have any of the more modern active safety aids such as autonomous emergency braking we're increasingly coming to expect in cars.
The D-Max is competitively priced right across the range, and can always be considered a high value propostion.
Standard equipment isn't quite on a par with the Mitsubishi L200, generally speaking, but the D-Max tows more and has a larger load area.
Isuzu also includes a five-year, 125,000-mile warranty. The 2016 Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux also offer five years of cover, but their distance is limited to 100,000 miles.
D-Max service intervals are set at 12,000 miles or 24 months, whichever is sooner. This is similar to most pickups except the latest Navara, which has 25,000-mile intervals.
The introduction of 1.9-litre engine in 2017 has seen official fuel economy improve to 40.4mpg across almost the entire D-Max range - the only exceptions being the two-wheel drive single cab (45.6mpg) and models fitted with the six-speed automatic (36.2mpg).
We managed to get over 50mpg out of a four-wheel drive Utility double cab during the 2017 MPG Marthon event, but would typically expect to see more like 35mpg in routine driving.
The D-Max meets Euro 6 emissions regulations without using AdBlue, so you're spared the expense of keeping that topped up.
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Isuzu says the D-Max underwent nearly 2.5 million miles of endurance testing before going on sale in 2012, and further testing was carried out before the 1.9-litre engine was added in 2017. This is a tough truck
The long warranty (five years/125,000 miles) offers reassurance, and is quite a selling point. Plus there’s also three years recovery and assistance cover, a three-year paint warranty and six-year anti-corrosion cover.
Owners typically praise this pickup for its longevity and durability, though as with any hard-working vehicle it hasn't been fault free. More common complaints include diesel particular filters and fuel filters; some have also experienced issues with the differentials and even rust.
However, providing you treat it correctly (i.e.: with a modicum of mechanical sympathy) we wouldn't anticipate any major problems here.
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