In-depth Reviews

Isuzu D-Max pickup - Interior & comfort

The Isuzu D-Max isn’t pretty inside, but it looks and feels built to last

Carbuyer Rating

3.4 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

2.6 out of 5

Like pretty much every other pickup on the market, the Isuzu D-Max puts function over form. For this reason, it has tough leaf-spring suspension that can cope with heavy loads, but doesn't provide the most sophisticated ride comfort. It has been improved, though, with an update in 2018 to make the ride smoother and quieter without reducing its cargo payload.

It also means most of the materials are designed to be wipe-clean and stand up to years of abuse, rather than being particularly pleasing to the touch. Despite improvements to the interior made as part of the facelift in 2017, quality inside is still the D-Max’s biggest weakness and an area in which it seriously lags behind rivals such as the Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200. To help address this, Isuzu added further changes in late 2018, with soft pads for the arm rests, binnacle and utility box. Gloss-black trim has also been added to the window switches, air vents and glove box, along with new D-Max badges.

Isuzu D-Max dashboard

The physical menu buttons look and feel very cheap, even on the top-spec Blade model. What’s more, they’re too small to press with gloves on, which is likely to matter to a lot of the people using the car for work.

Equipment

While the D-Max Utility model only comes with a basic amount of equipment, the Eiger, Yukon, Utah and Blade offer increasing amounts of car-like features.

The Eiger features a reversing camera, a CD player, alloy wheels and body-coloured bumpers, while the Yukon trim brings larger wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen display, a leather steering wheel and cruise control.

Spending a little more on the Utah model adds keyless go, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio, heated leather seats, roof bars and climate control.

The Blade model features 18-inch wheels, soundproofing, special mats, an upgraded stereo and a larger, nine-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. XTR adds suspension upgrades, a tougher exterior styling pack, running boards, upgraded brakes, off-road tyres and a set of distinctive decals. Inside there's a sports steering wheel along with leather and suede upholstery with green stitching.

The limited-edition Fury is distinctive too, thanks to its Magma Red paint finish. It has 18-inch alloy wheels, which are colour-matched to a grey radiator that incorporates a bright red Isuzu badge. The red motif is mirrored by contrasting stitching to the dark grey upholstery. Special red and black 'Fury' leather trim is optional, while manual air conditioning and a reversing camera are standard equipment.

Options

There’s no shortage of options available for the D-Max, including a vast array of interior and exterior styling packs, load liners, roof rails, tow bars and protective panelling.

The optional Huntsman Accessory Pack is available for the Utah Double Cab and is aimed at customers who use their cars for hunting and shooting. Dark green, grey or black paint, plus a range of matt-black trim pieces help the car blend into the background, while an aluminium drawer system in the load bay has out-of-sight storage space for firearms and other hunting equipment.

A tow bar, underbody protection parts, all-terrain tyres and an AeroKlas commercial canopy for the load bed help make the D-MAX a practical proposition for country living, even if you don’t intend to take part in field sports. The Huntsman Plus Pack also adds a Pedders suspension kit, which lifts the car by 5mm and offers improved off-road performance.

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