Isuzu D-Max Review 2022

Andrew Brady

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Andrew Brady

Isuzu D-Max
Isuzu D-Max

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"More competitive than ever before"
  • Launched: 2021
  • Pick-up
  • Diesel

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Rugged truck with genuine off-road ability
  • Loaded with safety kit
  • Top-end models are surprisingly plush

Cons

  • Diesel engine lacks torque
  • Not as stylish as a Volkswagen Amarok
  • Unsophisticated suspension compared to a Nissan Navara

Overall verdict

On the inside

Driving

Cost to run

Prices and Specs

Common questions

Overall verdict on the Isuzu D-Max

"The Isuzu D-Max is a rugged pick-up truck from a brand that knows how to make a successful work vehicle. It might not be as refined as an SUV, but impressive safety technology and a plusher cabin than before means you can use the D-Max as your sole family car."

Isuzu D-Max Review 2022: water splash

Competing with an ever-shrinking pick-up truck market, the Isuzu D-Max reviewed here is set to rival trucks like the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. Prices start (before VAT) from around £21,000 – but you'll find most on the used market are high-spec DL40 or V-Cross models, with price tags of more than £30,000.


The latest model uses a revamped version of the old 1.9-litre diesel, which might sound a bit unrefined if you're trading in a more car-like SUV. It's a genuine workhorse, though, capable of serious off-road antics thanks to a locking rear differential that's standard on pricier models, as well as a trick hill-descent system.


On the road, the D-Max's old-school suspension means it clatters about more than a Nissan Navara, while its ponderous steering isn't the most reassuring. It's relatively easy to drive, though, and a long list of driver-assistance features mean the D-Max was awarded five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.


Isuzu D-Max DL40 Double Cab First Drive 2021


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Isuzu D-Max (2012-2021) review.

Comfort and design: Isuzu D-Max interior

"The Isuzu D-Max is available in three different body styles – single cab, extended cab and double cab."

Isuzu D-Max Review 2022: dashboard

The double cab is expected to be the most popular, accounting for around 80 per cent of sales. This has room for up to five people in the cabin, meaning you can use the D-Max as your main family car.


It's a spacious and versatile interior, while high-spec models are fully loaded. Standard equipment on the D-Max V-Cross includes a nine-inch infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and leather seats.


As with rival trucks, you'd struggle to fit the Isuzu D-Max in a typical garage. It measures 5265mm long, 1835mm wide and 1790mm tall.

Handling and ride quality: What is the Isuzu D-Max like to drive?

"There's only one engine available – a 1.9-litre diesel. It sounds quite a grunty unit but, with 164PS and 360Nm of torque, it lacks the punch of rivals."

Isuzu D-Max Review 2022: dynamic rear

Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. The majority of used D-Max models will have a manual transmission. The majority are four-wheel drive, too, although the basic Utility model is available as two-wheel drive.


All D-Max models come with old-school leaf-sprung suspension which means it lacks the on-road sophistication of a Nissan Navara. It's very impressive off road, though, while a long list of standard driver-assist equipment is designed to keep you safe.

MPG and fuel costs: What does a Isuzu D-Max cost to run?

"Isuzu quotes fuel economy figures of 33.6mpg for manual models and 30.7mpg for the autos."

Isuzu D-Max Review 2022: front static

Don't expect car-like economy from this workhorse, it certainly likes a drink.

How reliable is an Isuzu D-Max?

Isuzu has an excellent reliability record while its five-year/125,000-mile warranty ought to put your mind at rest. All models come with five years roadside assistance, too.

How much should you be paying for an Isuzu D-Max?

"A new Isuzu D-max starts from around £21,000 (before VAT), while top-spec models are more than £30,000."

Isuzu D-Max Review 2022: off road

The latest model hasn't been on sale for very long and, while there are plenty ex-demonstrator models on sale at dealers, high demand means prices are strong. You could easily pay more than the £29,759 list price for a DL40 Double Cab, or upwards of £31,000 for a V-Cross model.


If you're looking for a bargain D-Max, we'd recommend looking at the old model.

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Isuzu D-Max any good?

The Isuzu D-Max is a really competent four-wheel-drive pick-up truck with generous equipment levels and a reputation for dependability. It might not be as posh as something like a Mercedes X-Class, but it's a vehicle you can rely on for work and play.

Phil Hall

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Is the Isuzu D-Max good off road?

The Isuzu D-Max is a very capable off-road pick-up truck. Most models are four-wheel drive, while a rear diff lock is standard on DL20, DL40 and V-Cross variants.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

How reliable is the Isuzu D-Max?

Isuzu has a strong reputation for reliability. The 1.9-litre diesel used in the latest D-Max is an updated version of the engine used in the outgoing model. It might not be the most refined engine in the world, but it scores well for robustness.

David Ross

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David Ross

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