A RUGGED TAKE ON VALUE
the three grades.
Rear-drive variants go from $42,800 to $45,100 and $48,800 before on-roads.
All-wheel-drive autos are from $50,100, $52,400 $56,100 (unpopular manuals are $2100 cheaper).
The good news is you’ll never pay these prices. Isuzu does permanent drive-away deals, and its adverts show the range-topping new LS-T 4WD is $52,990 drive-away.
A five-year/130,000km warranty five-year capped price servicing plan also trumps most of the competition. Carried over is 3.0-litre diesel engine introduced specifically for Australian MU-X just a few months ago.
With 130kW/430Nm (up from 380Nm) it’s not the strongest in segment but it is the most economical, returning a claimed 7.9L/100km when mated to Isuzu’s new six-speed automatic.
Standard gear on all variants include seven seats, touchscreen audio, reverse camera with rear parking
sensors and LED daytime running lights.
The MU-X lacks the rivals’ increasingly commonplace active safety driver assistance systemss.
ON THE ROAD
The MU-X is spacious and those demanding a true sevenseater won’t be disappointed, as the third row can accommodate six-foot adults in respectable comfort, even if it’s still clamber to get into them. Boot space is excellent as a fiveseater but with seven seats up you’ll fit a couple of sports bags.
The cabin is plusher but the Isuzu still doesn’t feel on a par with lot the competition,
slightly flimsy door trim, switches and knobs.
Leather accents for topgrade MU-X, combined with the rear DVD monitor, should make it the family favourite. Isuzu claims a reduction in noise, vibration and harshness over 2016 model due to better insulation. The MU-X hums along with little cabin noise.
Stomp on the accelerator — there’s a bit of a delay the higher revs reveal truck lineage. When cruising it’s quiet and unstressed.
The ride is comfortable and less wallowy than some utebased seven-seaters but the steering vague body leans in the turns.
Off-road there’s no locking rear differential unlike in, say, a Toyota Fortuner or Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Our muddy, rocky off-road test with steep descents didn’t trouble the MU-X and few owners would push into harder terrain than this.
Sales leader among its utebased seven-seat rivals, Isuzu is already doing plenty right with the MU-X. A better if not classleading cabin and quieter ride improves breed. Isuzu’s bulletproof 3.0-litre turbo diesel should ensure it remains a rugged value proposition ... but insist on the drive-away price.