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Iceni Magazine | May 12, 2021

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2017 Isuzu D-Max Review By Tim Barnes-Clay

2017 Isuzu D-Max Blade reviewed

By Tim Barnes-Clay. Tweeting @carwriteups

When it comes to getting the job done, there’s no vehicle more suitable than the Isuzu D-Max – a rugged all-rounder that just works.

Master of all trades and the perfect blend of rugged capability, whether off-road or load-lugging; paired with performance and comfort.

For the 2017 D-Max; the biggest change is under the bonnet. A brand new 1.9 litre turbo diesel lump has been fitted, which produces 164 PS and 360 Nm of torque. The engine builds upon D-Max’s workhorse character and retains the 3.5 tonne towing capacity and over 1 tonne payload, whilst providing a quieter, more refined and economical driving experience. Another key benefit is that the new powerplant meets Euro 6 standards without the need for the addition of AdBlue.

As per previous D-Max models, Shift-On-The-Fly 4×4 is a key feature of the 2017 truck. The rotary dial allows the driver to select four-wheel drive on the move and is also equipped with low range gears.

Isuzu D-Max Blade rear

The range-line up from the much-loved D-Max is retained; Utility, Eiger, Yukon, Utah and Blade, with a range of single, extended and double cab variants available.

The entry-level Utility D-Max, priced from £15,749, comes equipped with LED daytime running lights, Hill Start Assist, Variable Hill Descent Control, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows and air conditioning.

Eiger double cab (from £20,499) adds a reversing camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers, audio system with CD player and 6 speakers.

Yukon (from £20,499) adds 18-inch alloy wheels, silver side steps, new seven-inch multi-function touchscreen, LED rear lights, Cruise Control, rear load liner and a leather steering wheel.

Isuzu D-Max Blade cabin

Utah (from £24,149( takes comfort up a notch with keyless entry and push button start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, roof bars, leather upholstery with heated front seats, rear parking sensors and automatic air conditioning.

The range-topping Blade, as driven here, (from £26,999) adds tinted windows, nine-inch multi-function touchscreen, remote locking lower tailgate, Blade puddle lamps, front and rear parking sensors, and a colour-coded Aeroklas canopy, or sports bar with roller cover. 

Finally, the D-Max comes with a five-year/125,000-mile warranty, and was the first pick-up in Great Britain to be offered with such a comprehensive peace-of-mind package. Running costs are kept down by 12,000-mile or 24-month service intervals, five years’ roadside rescue and recovery including European cover, a three-year paint warranty, and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.

Pros ‘n’ Cons

  • Appearance √
  • Clout √
  • Practicality √
  • Equipment √
  • Bouncy X

Fast Facts (1.9 Blade 4×4 Double Cab Auto – as tested)

  • Max speed: 112mph
  • 0-62 mph: Not stated
  • Combined mpg: 36.2
  • Engine layout: 1898cc four-cylinder diesel turbo
  • Max. power (PS): 164
  • CO2: 205 g/km          
  • Price: £27,999 as tested

2017 Isuzu D-Max Blade rear seats

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