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Isuzu mu-X range review

The stylish, comfortable and spacious Isuzu mu-X range is more appealing than ever in 2023. This upmarket range of bakkies features both 3.0 and 1.9 models, bolstered with a new four-wheel drive version of the popular high-spec 3.0 LSE.

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Renowned for its modern styling, exceptional comfort, superb performance, advanced technologies and impressive safety – the Isuzu mu-X is an incredible family-friendly bakkie tailored for an active lifestyle.

A total of five 3.0-litre mu-X models are now available, comprising the 3.0 LS and 3.0 LSE which can be specified in 4x2 and 4x4 versions, as well as the luxuriously appointed range-topping 3.0 Onyx 4x4. All mu-X models use Isuzu’s six-speed automatic transmission.

“Along with the broader line-up, we have given the mu-X an even more sophisticated and dynamic appearance on the outside, and introduced several new interior features that add a further touch of class and practicality,” says Kevin Fouche, Department Executive: Product Planning and Programme Management at ISUZU Motors South Africa.

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The sleek exterior design of the mu-X now incorporates dark Magnetite finishes for the radiator grille, front and rear bumpers, front fog lamp bezels, roof rails and side steps, replacing the Tungsten silver and chrome that defined the previous model. The rear combination lamps have also been given a refresh that continues the theme.

Everyday practicality is significantly enhanced on the high-spec LSE and opulent Onyx models with the inclusion of a power tailgate with step sensor integrated into the rear bumper. This gives the owner hands-free access to the rear luggage compartment, which is especially useful when loading shopping bags or luggage. The power tailgate is linked to the Passive Entry Start System (PESS), and can also be operated via a button on the key fob.

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The spacious, comfortable and flexible cabin of the mu-X has received several styling and functional enhancements. The door and instrument panel garnishes echo the dark Magnetite accents featured on the exterior, giving the interior an even more exclusive and upmarket ambience.

Leather seats are now standard across the range in place of cloth previously used on the lower-spec models, incorporating eight-way power adjustment and manual lumber support for the driver, along with four-way power adjustment for the front passenger.

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Tech & Safety

To aid parking and overall maneuverability in tight spaces, the LS models gain front and rear parking sensors. On the LSE, an auto-dimming rearview mirror is now standard, along with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel, giving the driver fingertip control of the six-speed automatic gearbox.

The LSE and Onyx now boast remote start functionality, allowing the driver to start the vehicle remotely from the key. This is a great feature that makes it possible to pre-cool the cabin on hot summer days or warm the interior on chilly mid-winter mornings.

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The new four-wheel drive LSE model shares Isuzu’s latest 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine with the rest of the range, which develops 140 kW at 3 600 r/min, along with a substantial 450 Nm of torque from 1 600 to 2 600 r/min. An electronically controlled part-time four-wheel drive system allows easy switching between two-wheel drive (2H), 4x4 high range (4H) and 4x4 low range (4L) using a rotary dial on the centre console.

The passive safety features encompass driver and front passenger airbags, front seat side airbags, curtain airbags and driver knee airbag. Remote central locking is combined with a factory-fitted anti-theft alarm system, transponder immobiliser and selectable door unlocking.

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On the multimedia and connectivity front, the mu-X LS is equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen system with integrated Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi, plus front and rear USB charging ports.

The infotainment system is upgraded to a larger nine-inch touchscreen on the LSE, complemented by a total of eight speakers compared to the six on the LS model. Leather trim is also used on the gear knob trim, with the 3.0 LSE now also fitted with paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic gearbox, as featured on the range-topping 3.0 Onyx.

Are you ready to get the best deal of your mu-X model of choice? Contact SA’s preferred Isuzu dealer today and book your test drive by clicking here.