2022 Isuzu D-Max SX 1.9L 4×2 evaluation
The Ford Ranger is likely to be constantly Australia’s second best-selling ute, however if you happen to look simply at 4×2 gross sales it sits in third.
Final 12 months, Isuzu held a 19.8 per cent share of the 4×2 ute section, round half the HiLux’s however nicely above the Ranger’s 13.1 per cent share.
Isuzu Ute Australia has been kicking objectives with the brand new D-Max, and it seems to be taking a look at growing its maintain within the 4×2 ute section.
A brand new, extra inexpensive powertrain arrived for 2022 within the form of a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, out there solely within the “visitors controller”-spec D-Max 4×2 SX Single Cab Chassis.
That offers fleets and proprietor operators the choice to chop each their upfront prices and their working prices, and provides Isuzu a rival to the likes of the Toyota HiLux Workmate.
The 4×2 D-Max SX single cab-chassis rings up at $32,200 earlier than on-road prices, although it’s one in every of two D-Max fashions that at the moment have a nationwide drive-away deal in place. You will get one for $31,990 drive-away, although Isuzu warns there’s restricted inventory.
In order for you the six-speed computerized like our tester, nonetheless, you’re taking a look at $34,200 earlier than on-roads – and there’s no drive-away deal on supply for the auto.
Take note these costs are and not using a tray fitted. In case you go together with one in every of Isuzu’s 4 real accent trays, you’re taking a look at paying between $2470 for the Economic system Alloy Tray, fitted to our tester, and $3994 for the Heavy Obligation Metal Tray.
The Mazda BT-50, the D-Max’s twin, can also be out there with the smaller 1.9-litre diesel. Within the Mazda, nonetheless, you may get the smaller engine throughout a wider vary of variants, together with 4×2 and 4×4 dual-cab pickups.
There’s no handbook 1.9-litre BT-50 on supply, so that you’re taking a look at $33,850 earlier than on-roads for a BT-50 XS 4×2 single cab-chassis which additionally boasts some further package.
Which means you’re taking a look at virtually equivalent circa-$41,000 drive-away costs based mostly on a Sydney postcode, although Mazda solely affords one ‘premium’ tray at $7702.
Toyota’s most inexpensive HiLux variants, the 4×2 Workmate single-cab chassis fashions, use a thirstier 2.7-litre petrol four-cylinder engine and begin at $24,255 earlier than on-roads. An auto prices an additional $2000, whereas there’s a diesel Hello-Rider mannequin priced at $29,465 listing however out there solely with a handbook.
The brand new Ford Ranger is priced at $35,930 earlier than on-roads in 4×2 XL single cab-chassis auto guise.
The Mitsubishi Triton GLX 4×2 single-cab chassis is priced at $29,240 earlier than on-roads with the handbook or $31,490 with the auto, whereas the Nissan Navara SL 4×2 single-cab chassis is priced at $32,300 earlier than on-roads in turbo-diesel handbook guise or $34,800 listing as a twin-turbo diesel auto.
The D-Max’s cabin will get the basics proper, although there are some clear indicators you’re within the base mannequin.
For instance, there’s no cowl for the dash-top storage recess, nor are there twin gloveboxes. The 7.0-inch touchscreen display screen additionally encompasses a thick black bezel round it.
Stated 7.0-inch display screen might need represented a step up from the earlier D-Max, in addition to older techniques in rivals just like the Triton and HiLux, nevertheless it’s been made out-of-date immediately by the display screen within the new Ranger.
Even in base XL guise, the Ranger has a powerful 11-inch show and in addition boasts wi-fi Apple CarPlay, whereas additional one-upping the D-Max with wi-fi Android Auto.
The Isuzu’s 7.0-inch display screen has helpful bodily shortcut buttons beneath for capabilities like quantity adjustment, although they’re a bit small and will be arduous to press once you’re bouncing down the street.
The only USB-A and 12V shops are additionally on a poorly lit a part of the centre stack.
These criticisms apart, there’s nonetheless lots to love concerning the D-Max’s inside.
The dashboard has an easy format, feels nicely screwed collectively and manufactured from hard-wearing supplies.
The seats are significantly soft and cozy but additionally show supportive, whereas the local weather controls are mounted good and excessive and are due to this fact simple to succeed in.
Even the urethane steering wheel isn’t too tough to the contact – the ostensibly leather-wrapped wheels in some HiLux fashions really feel worse.
The analogue devices are clear and simple to learn, although there aren’t any bodily dials for gas degree and engine temperature. These are as a substitute depicted on the show between the dials, which has loads of data however could possibly be bigger.
Whereas there’s just one glove compartment, there’s a decently sized centre console bin, bottle holders within the doorways that may match a 1L bottle, and storage behind the entrance seats.
There are additionally intelligent pop-out cupholders on both finish of the dashboard, whereas there are two cupholders within the centre console. One is spherical, one is sq., so no matter your most popular model of iced espresso you’ll be accommodated.
Much less intelligent is the ineffective area of interest the place different D-Max fashions have a second glove compartment. It’s not rubberised and it may possibly’t be hid; the shelf on the base of the centre stack additionally lacks a rubberised base, although it’s more durable for gadgets like smartphones to slip out of right here.
The one glove compartment suits little past the proprietor’s handbook.
Shifting out of the cabin, with Isuzu’s real accent tray physique there’s a load space measuring 2550mm lengthy and 1777mm huge.
Even probably the most inexpensive tray options 18 inner tie-down factors and quick-lock dropsides, whereas different trays embody tail gentle protectors, rear window protectors, and headboard tubes.
The brand new 1.9-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel produces 110kW of energy at 3600rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1800 and 2600rpm.
That’s 30kW and 100Nm down on the three.0-litre engine, albeit on the similar peaks.
Payload is 1380kg with the automated transmission, with the handbook bumping that as much as 1405kg. That payload determine is greater than that of the single-cab chassis Triton (1150kg), Navara (1256-1282kg), Ranger (1271kg) or HiLux (1210-1260kg).
Gross automobile mass (GVM) is 3000kg, whereas gross mixed mass (GCM) with the auto is 5500kg.
Most towball obtain is 280kg, whereas braked towing capability with the auto/1.9-litre combo is a full 500kg lower than 3.0-litre fashions at 3000kg; choosing the handbook reduces this by an additional 200kg.
Both manner, that’s greater than a HiLux petrol or Triton diesel (2500kg) however lower than a HiLux, Navara or Ranger diesel (3500kg).
The brand new 1.9-litre doesn’t really feel too sluggish, and it’s decently fast off the mark. Driving it back-to-back with the bigger 3.0-litre will doubtless betray its decrease outputs, however in isolation it’s a pleasantly versatile powertrain.
It received’t deafen you below heavy acceleration, although it has the everyday clattery diesel soundtrack one would count on of an entry-level ute.
There aren’t any untoward vibrations to shake the cabin, and whereas there’s a little bit of wind noise at freeway speeds plus the puttering of the diesel engine, there’s little wind noise across the mirrors and the cabin is acceptably quiet at triple digits.
The six-speed computerized works nicely with the 1.9-litre, with clean and well-timed shifts.
As with most single-cab utes, the time period trip high quality is an oxymoron and may maybe be put in inverted commas.
Put in as little as 300kg within the tray, although, and it’s like popping a muscle relaxer – it actually takes the sting off. All of the pitching and heaving and the widely unsettled nature of the D-Max’s trip, even over clean roads, is toned down significantly with some weight over the rear axle.
There’s nonetheless some fidgeting to the trip and the occasional muffled jolt over bigger bumps, however bringing the D-Max nearer to its payload would doubtless enhance trip high quality additional.
Steering is sweet and lightweight, which makes piloting the D-Max very simple. There’s a number of give and never a lot really feel, however the D-Max is simple to drive in tight city confines.
Whereas the D-Max’s cabin is in any other case snug, the dearth of an appropriately sized lifeless pedal grates – it’s as if the D-Max was designed for individuals with tiny toes, and positively not the everyday tradie sporting work boots.
Isuzu was forward of rival manufacturers in rolling out a full suite of energetic security and driver help know-how on its base ute, and the know-how works nicely.
The mix of adaptive cruise management and Isuzu’s lane-keep help system makes freeway driving easy, with the latter doing an admirable job retaining you in your lane.
Isuzu additionally responded to purchaser criticism by including a button to the steering wheel for 2022 that turns off the varied lane help techniques, must you discover them irritating.
D-Max SX highlights:
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wi-fi Apple CarPlay
- Wired Android Auto
- 4.2-inch journey laptop show
- Material upholstery
- Energy home windows
- 4-speaker sound system
- Reversing digital camera
- Guide air-conditioning
- Vinyl flooring
- 17-inch metal wheels
The BT-50 XS is barely higher geared up, swapping halogen headlights for LEDs and that includes carpeted flooring.
The D-Max has a pair extra audio system than a Triton GLX or HiLux Workmate however in any other case its degree of consolation and comfort tools is about the identical. The place it distinguishes itself from these rivals is in security tools.
The Isuzu D-Max was examined by ANCAP in 2020 and earned a five-star security ranking.
That ranking was based mostly on an grownup occupant safety rating of 83 per cent, a baby occupant safety rating of 89 per cent and a security help rating of 81 per cent. Weak street person safety testing yielded a rating of 69 per cent.
Isuzu (and Mazda, with its BT-50 twin) bests the competitors with regards to customary security tools. Even the brand new Ranger, at the least in base XL cab-chassis guise, can’t fairly match the Isuzu.
Customary security options embody:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Auto high-beam
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Driver consideration monitoring
- Ahead collision warning
- Lane departure warning
- Site visitors signal recognition
- Flip help
- Reversing digital camera
Automated fashions additionally add wrong-pedal acceleration warning, adaptive cruise management, and lane-keep help.
Eight airbags are customary, together with a front-centre airbag designed to cease the passenger and driver’s flailing arms and heads crashing into one another in a severe side-impact crash.
The Ranger comes shut, however misses out on adaptive cruise management in XL guise and lacks rear cross-traffic alert in cab-chassis fashions.
You’ll discover AEB in most single-cab chassis rivals besides, disappointingly, the Triton GLX. However for options like blind-spot monitoring you usually need to step up greater in a rival’s mannequin vary – kudos to Isuzu for its lengthy listing of kit.
All D-Max fashions are coated by a six-year, 150,000km guarantee.
Servicing prices are additionally decrease for the 1.9-litre D-Max in contrast with the three.0-litre, although intervals are the identical at 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.
Isuzu affords seven years of capped-price servicing, with the primary seven providers capped at $409, $429, $489, $529, $319, $619 and $429, or $3223 over seven years.
The three.0-litre’s third and sixth providers are value at $629 and $769, pushing the whole value over seven years as much as $3513.
Solely Mitsubishi can match Isuzu in providing seven years of capped-price servicing, and truly bests it by providing 10 years all up. Service throughout the Mitsubishi supplier community and also you additionally get pleasure from a 10-year, 200,000km guarantee.
Over seven years, a Triton prices $3793 to service, and has the identical intervals because the D-Max. Regardless of its market-leader standing, the HiLux has the shortest intervals within the section – six months or 10,000km.
Over a loop consisting of inner-city, suburban and freeway driving, we averaged 7.8L/100km. This elevated to eight.9L/100km over the course of per week.
Isuzu’s mixed cycle declare is 7.0L/100km, a complete 1.0L/100km lower than the three.0-litre single-cab chassis. That makes it among the many thriftier 4×2 single-cab chassis utes, with rivals that includes the next claims:
- Mazda BT-50 XS 1.9-litre auto: 7.0L/100km
- Mitsubishi Triton GLX: 7.8L/100km (handbook) or 8.3L/100km (auto)
- Nissan Navara SL: 7.2L/100km (handbook) or 7.6L/100km (auto)
- Toyota HiLux Workmate petrol: 11.1L/100km (handbook) or 10.9L/100km (auto)
- Toyota HiLux Workmate HiRider diesel handbook: 7.4L/100km
Like 3.0-litre fashions, the 1.9-litre D-Max has a 76L gas tank.
With a cheaper price, higher gas economic system and barely decrease servicing prices than the three.0-litre, the brand new entry-level D-Max makes a compelling case for fleets and proprietor operators.
It might be down on energy, torque and towing capability in contrast with the three.0-litre nevertheless it doesn’t really feel weedy on the street.
The important thing attributes of the D-Max stay: a logically laid out inside, snug seats, a protracted guarantee, capped-price servicing, and probably the most complete suite of security know-how of any ute at this value level.
The BT-50 XS is identical primary automotive on the similar primary value however with LED headlights customary, although if you happen to’re shopping for an official accent tray the value hole widens in favour of the Isuzu.
The Toyota HiLux doesn’t supply a single cab-chassis 4×2 diesel with an auto in its vary, whereas the Triton and Navara are thirstier and have much less security tools – significantly the Mitsubishi.
Maybe the best risk to the D-Max is the brand new Ford Ranger, which affords a listing of security tools virtually as lengthy plus spectacular in-car tech.
Whereas the one just lately launched D-Max is now now not the latest child on the block, there’s nonetheless rather a lot to advocate it for, even with the brand new, smaller engine. Its place on the gross sales podium is warranted.
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