Is the 2014 Isuzu D-Max A Credible Force To Be Reckoned With?
2014 Isuzu D-Max Review
There is something about a pickup truck that makes the driver feel a little more macho than piloting your average saloon or sport compact. It’s the ability to haul, tow and go anywhere you damn well please. The 2014 Isuzu D-Max is no exception with its rugged good looks and pulling power, it will give you the delusion of being bulletproof.
Under the bonnet, there is only one engine choice and that’s the 2.5-litre four cylinder diesel. An oil burner is exactly the type of engine you want in a truck since it provides ample low end torque for all the truck-like duties you may encounter. The 2014 Isuzu D-Max provides 163PS and 400Nm of torque at 1,400rpm to get the job done. All of this power ensures the rig can tow a braked trailer of up to 3.0-tonnes. Of course, a truck isn’t really a truck unless it can be shifted into four-wheel drive, and the D-Max can get power to all four corners with just the twist of a dial. If you really want to get down and dirty, there’s also a four-lo setting that can be engaged when the vehicle is stopped, and put to use when crawling around off road. The 235mm of ground clearance makes traversing the rough terrain easy as well.
Competition is fierce in the pickup truck market, to stay in the game, a rig needs to have form as well as function. Isuzu takes this into consideration, and has done its best to make the 2014 Isuzu D-Max handsome. The pickup now has a more wedged shape, and a raked stance to give it a virile look. In the interest of keeping things bold up front, the truck has also been fitted with a larger grill and lower roofline. Out back, you’ll find tail-lamps of gargantuan proportion which can be fitted with LEDs on high level models.
Hoist yourself up into the cab, and you will find an interior that is simple, durable, and easy on the eyes. There is generous room allotted to both front and rear occupants, the latter being unusual for a pickup truck. Thanks to the 2014 Isuzu D-Max’s long wheelbase and vertically inclined rear seat, you don’t have to be Stretch Armstrong to fit comfortably in the back. The 60/40 split-folding rear seat is also handy if you are carrying gear as opposed to passengers. There is also additional storage hidden in the floor under the rear seat, should you be transporting anything you want to hide from prying eyes. Not that we are encouraging any illicit behaviour.
The 2014 Isuzu D-Max is priced reasonably, starting at £14,000 (excluding VAT) for a single cab 2WD version, and climbing to around £22,000 for a double cab 4WD version. All trim levels including the entry model come standard with daytime running lights, air-conditioning, electric windows and a CD stereo. Unfortunately, the only colour that doesn’t add to the tab is white. If you want to sample another spectrum of the rainbow, you will need to budget a few extra pounds. As is mandated in most modern vehicles, there is a glut of safety equipment including traction control, six airbags, a four-channel anti-lock braking system, anti-whiplash head restraints and a pedestrian-friendly front bumper and bonnet – you never know when some dimwit is going to hurl themselves into the front of your truck. All of this gadgetry earns the 2014 Isuzu D-Max a four-star safety rating in the NCAP’s book. Not bad for a pickup.
If you opt for the double cab, which most people with friends will, you get a rig that’s 5.3m long. That’s a pretty sizable vehicle, with a pretty large cargo area to match – 1485mm long, 1530mm wide and 465mm in depth. One feature that really sweetens the deal is the 120,000 mile transferable warranty. You can flog your 2014 Isuzu D-Max off road and not have to worry about breaking parts because you’re covered, right? Ok, maybe we wouldn’t go that far but having the warranty does provide piece of mind and is a testament to Isuzu’s confidence. Should you ever need it, there are also three years of roadside recovery and assistance, a three-year paint warranty and six years of anti-corrosion cover.
Another positive is that you will spend less time in the dealership showroom sampling stale doughnuts and bad coffee thanks to the lengthy 24 months or 12,000 mile service interval. In addition to reduced waiting room time, the D-Max also cuts back on emissions and money spent at the pump. The diesel achieves a best-in-class 38.2 mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle and produced only 194g/km CO2 emissions. There’s also a dual exhaust gas recirculation system to help cut back Nitrogen Oxide emissions and keep the birds singing in the trees.
Isuzu trucks may have earned a reputation for being rough around the edges, but the D-Max does an excellent job of combating this stereotype while still being a capable rig. With its excellent performance and rugged good looks, the 2014 Isuzu D-Max is sure to give the likes of the ever popular Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux a run for their money.
According to What Car, “it’s not as refined or as plush inside as a Ford Ranger or Volkswagen Amarok, but it is still a credible rival to traditional 4x4s thanks to its serious off-road abilities…” – See more.
Also read our VW Amarok vs. Isuzu D-Max review for more.
So go ahead, slide behind the wheel of a D-Max and get a little mud on the tyres. It’s cheaper than therapy.
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Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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