Getting jacked UP
The Isuzu KB250 X-Rider 4×4 double cab has been working hard over the past month. Not only did it have to lug around plenty of the GAS gear, it had to get to remote locations in double-quick time. It did this all in its stride while sipping remarkably lit
The more we spend time with this Isuzu KB, the more we like it. Sure, it doesn’t have bucketloads of power. In fact, when you’ve been driving the Isuzu MU-X 300D-Teq for a bit and you jump into the X-Rider and take off, you may – for a brief moment – entertain the thought that someone had stolen the engine.
But then you work around the turbo lag at the very bottom of the rev range, and you work the five-speed manual gearbox and soon you are back in the driving groove with the 250D-Teq engine.
Then there’s the fuel consumption. We soon realised the KB did not have a colossal drinking problem but it was only when we did a fuel consumption test – and did not rely on the optimistic trip computer – that we realised how good it really is.
In a combination of city and open road driving, from puttering around at low speed on gravel roads to some leadfooted pedalling on other sections, the Isuzu consumed an average of just 8.9 litres/100km. That means, with an 80-litre fuel tank, it can reach nearly 900km between refills without even really trying.
That said, we’ve heard of some rather less flattering consumption numbers from the same model when owners have added plenty of aftermarket accessories. The extra weight and drag ensure that the fourcylinder turbodiesel has to work a lot harder, and then it likes to take to the drink a lot more.
So it’s a case of balance, really. This is exactly what we are aiming for with the fitment of a handful of aftermarket accessories for our back-up bakkie.
It gets a Tough Dog suspension upgrade, which includes new rear leaf springs. It also gets a set of A-Line Tank 17-inch rims and BF Goodrich All-terrains, to replace the standard 17-inch mag wheels and General Grabber all-terrain tyres, just to add an exclusive touch to ‘our’ X-Rider.