Isuzu D-Max Review 2024

Isuzu D-Max At A Glance

+3500kg towing capacity, great value, well-equipped double cab models

-Engine noise at high revs

Although renowned for its hard-working utility pick-ups, Isuzu has shifted the D-Max pick-up further upmarket for the 2024 model year, looking to fill the gap left by the Mitsubishi L200 as a utility-led but lifestyle-oriented model as much as it continues to serve the heavy-duty utility market, where it has thrived since the original Land Rover Defender was discontinued in 2016. Read our full Isuzu D-Max review to find out if it's the right choice for you.

The new-look Isuzu D-Max range, introduced in 2023, maintains the award-winning 4x4 expertise that earned the model praise from the farming and towing communities.

In 2023, the model was given a raft of cosmetic enhancements, the focus being to make the Isuzu D-Max appeal to a more leisure-oriented audience – particularly company vehicle users looking to take advantage of the tax breaks offered to double cab pick-up users and small business owners who want a vehicle that reflects a premium image and also doubles up as a family SUV.

Mechanically, the 2024 Model Year Isuzu D-Max is identical to its predecessor, with just the one engine choice – a 1.9-litre common rail diesel unit that punches well above its weight.

Styling-wise, a new grille and headlights deliver a more aggressive appearance and in range-topping V-Cross trim it’s both a very well-equipped and good value package – difficult to ignore when compared with rivals such as the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux, which are more expensive when compared spec-for-spec.

Each pick-up in the range has a refreshed grille, with all but the steel-wheeled utility models receiving new wheel designs.

There’s a choice of a variety of different cab types depending on whether you need to prioritise load or passenger space, and even a bare chassis model ideal for dropside or tipper conversions.

Inside, changes include new interior fabric for the mid-range DL20 and a new layered leather finish for the DL40 and V-Cross, which feels far more upmarket than in previous variants.

A rear-differential lock option is also now available on all manual 4x4 Utility models in the range.

Only the entry-level truck is available without four-wheel drive. The rest come with 4x4 as standard, giving the Isuzu D-Max genuinely impressive off-road ability, helped by features like the low-range gearbox and Hill Descent Control.

There’s also an impressive list of standard safety equipment. Driver-assist features like Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning contribute to the Isuzu D-Max's five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

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