Isuzu D-Max pickup - MPG, running costs & CO2
The 1.9-litre turbocharged diesel engine brings the D-Max in line with most rivals
With a list price that starts at less than around £20,000 for the ‘premium’ versions and less than just over £15,000 if you want a utilitarian workhorse, the Isuzu D-Max is a cheap pickup to buy.
Whichever version you choose, all D-Max models are considered to be commercial vehicles, so if you purchase one through a VAT-registered business, you won’t pay any VAT. Of course, it you’re a private buyer, that sub-£20,000 price starts to sound a bit more expensive once you add on 20% VAT.
Isuzu D-Max MPG & CO2
Just one engine is available in the D-Max range, although the D-Max Eiger, Yukon and Blade models have the option of an automatic gearbox. The automatic not only costs more to buy than the manual, but it’s also more expensive to run.
With the six-speed manual gearbox and two-wheel drive, the D-Max can return a claimed 45.6mpg, although that’ll vary according to how you drive and how much cargo you carry. CO2 emissions stand at 163g/km. If you go for four-wheel drive, economy drops to 40.4mpg and emissions increase to 183g/km, while adding an automatic gearbox to four-wheel-drive models reduces economy to 36.2mpg and pushes CO2 up to 205g/km. Road tax is a flat rate of £260 and the Isuzu engine has been designed to hit emissions standards without the need for AdBlue emissions-reducing fluid, saving some money in top-ups compared with some rivals.
The Isuzu D-Max comes with a five-year warranty, which is typical for a pickup such as this. But the total mileage you can cover (125,000 miles) is longer than what most manufacturers allow. It’s worth noting that the warranty period is made up of a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer warranty that Isuzu UK tops up to the full five-year/125,000-mile period.
The Isuzu D-Max requires a service every 12,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. Isuzu offers a three-year service plan for £500 (+VAT), which it claims could save you up to £1,000 over three years.
Insurance groups for the D-Max are set between 39 and 40 out of 50, which is a little higher than the equivalent Nissan Navara (groups 36-38), although not by enough to make it a deal-breaker.