Let’s face it, the Isuzu D-Max has always been a sound choice for those wanting a rugged pickup to meet a range of needs. The latest offering is still a reliable workhorse, and it adds improved driving dynamics and a more refined interior. There’s no doubt too that the levels of safety equipment are class-leading. The 2021 model is a big step up from the version it replaces and can still tow 3,500kg and has a payload of 1,000kg. Opt for the luxurious versions, and you’ll have a vehicle for business during the week and family life or adventures at weekends.

The new generation of the Isuzu D-Max offers an update on a popular vehicle; everything that’s great about the pickup it replaces, gets a polish here. There’s also a new 1.9 litre turbocharged diesel engine and a choice of automatic or manual gearboxes, both six speed. It helps that the starting price of £15,749 for the utility single cab will attract attention – but not every buyer in this segment is swayed by a low price tag. The D-Max comes with a choice of single, extended and double cab variants. Essentially, the 2017 model of the Isuzu D-Max delivers a more rounded vehicle than the pickup it replaces and while the list of standard equipment has been improved and the refinement levels have risen, there’s a lot to like about this vehicle but it’s fighting in a competitive segment with pickups offering plusher cabins, more equipment and better handling. Perhaps it’s for this reason that the Isuzu D-Max is aimed squarely at utilitarian users such as farmers rather than those ‘lifestyle’ buyers who like the chunky good looks.

Here at Commercialvehicle.com we were huge fans of the Isuzu D-Max which impressed in a keenly fought segment. However, the newer model doesn’t quite reach up to its predecessor’s lofty achievements. One of the reasons for this is that the pick-up hasn’t quite moved with the times so it’s starting to look and feel old when compared with more recent entrants. However, for those who want a workhorse that won’t let them down, the tough D-Max is still a sound choice. For those who want more comfort and refinement then there are other choices in the market which will better meet your needs.

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