How much does the Isuzu D-Max cost?
Prices for a four-wheel-drive D-Max ute start at $50,900 before on-road costs for the SX version and climb to $65,900 for the X-Terrain.
That said, Isuzu has a factory-backed offer of $62,990 for the X-Terrain, so if you’re in the market for a new ute, it’s worth considering.
The D-Max needs servicing every 12 months or 15,000km. Capped price servicing for the 3.0-litre turbodiesel models runs out to seven years at a total cost of $3,513 - or around $502 a year. The warranty is a year longer than average at six years or 150,000km.
There are no shortage of rivals in this segment, led by the more-than-capable Ford Ranger, though prices for Ford’s comparable Wildtrack X version start at $66,790 for the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel engine and $68,290 for the 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin turbodiesel, plus on-road costs.
How safe is the Isuzu D-Max?
Safety is part of the Isuzu’s appeal. ANCAP rated the ute as a five-star vehicle when it was tested in 2020.
The biggest criticism was of the frontal offset test, where protection for the driver’s test and upper legs was rated as marginal.
The D-Max still scored 83 per cent for adult occupant protection. Child protection was scored at 89 per cent, with isofix anchorages and top tethers for the outboard rear seats.
Vulnerable road user protection was rated at 69 per cent, largely due to the marginal score for the autonomous emergency braking system’s detection of cyclists. The system is also not configured to detect pedestrians or cyclists when the D-Max is reversing.
Safety assist features was judged to be 84 per cent. The Isuzu performed well in most situations, but it failed to detect vehicles turning across its path in some scenarios.
The D-Max’s standard gear includes a lane support system with lane-keep assist and emergency lane keeping.
The speed sign recognition works well and is backed by adaptive cruise control.
Blind-spot monitoring is also standard and there are seven airbags to cushion the blow if an accident does occur, supplemented by multi-collision brake assist, which stops the Isuzu careening into another crash after the first one.
That’s a list as comprehensive as you’ll find on high-end passenger cars.
What’s the Isuzu D-Max like inside?
The D-Max X-Terrain boasts leather-accented seats with eight-way power adjustment on the driver’s side. Combined with a steering wheel that adjusts for reach and tilt, it means drivers shouldn’t have an issue finding a comfortable position.
There’s no shortage of storage options, with dual gloveboxes, a flat storage bin mounted on top of the dash and decent-sized door pockets.
The nine-inch infotainment system is high-resolution and works well. It includes wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, but the absence of a wireless charging pad means most owners will find themselves using a cable to keep the phone charged up on longer trips.
Rear-seat occupants have separate air vents and there’s a USB port to power up devices.