Can the new Isuzu pick up truck really be an improvement on the previous model? Chris Johnson takes a look at the All-New Isuzu D-Max.

Since its launch in 2012 the Isuzu D-Max has become a familiar site around the countryside towing livestock trailers or nipping across grass paddocks to top up a feeder and with good reason…. it performs well, it delivers what is asked of it and the dealers actually have spanners if the unthinkable happens!

So the launch of an “All New” pickup could be met with plenty of trepidation for after all there wasn’t a great deal that needed to be improved, or was there?

Isuzu is aiming high, they have added some really cool safety features, performance is seamless thanks to gearbox improvements, comfort further improved with seat and suspension upgrades, bigger cab mounts give a nicer ride and larger brakes all go towards making the D-Max even more capable than before.

Add in tech such as Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto™ a multifunction display, up to eight airbags, 10 cup holders (model specific) and rear Diff lock and Isuzu have most certainly created a new Isuzu D-Max.

On the road the pickup is smooth, the steering responsive and the seats comfortable. The engine note is familiar but equally reassuring with plenty of pull and acceleration for when the need to tow 3.5ton comes up. Hill Start Assist and Hill Decent Control are beneficial and probably now taken for granted.

The 4wd system was already brilliant but the addition of a new actuator makes the transition between modes very quick indeed which is very handy should conditions change without losing that all important momentum.

Available in a large range of trim levels starting off with the not so basic Business Utility Range that packs many of the features seen throughout the line up plus with the added benefit of a vinyl floor for ease of cleaning.

Next is the All-Purpose Range with the DL20 which has heated front seats, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and 18 inch alloys which then leads to the DL40 which adds Bi-LED Headlights, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera along with keyless entry, leather upholstery and steering wheel, eight way electrically adjustable driver’s seat and the brilliant 7” multifunction colour touchscreen and dual-zone climate control will make this model a firm favourite for work and play.

But, as with the previous range-topping Blade the new line up currently peaks with the Adventure Range. The aptly named V-Cross comes with “Gun Metal” exterior styling on the radiator grill, side step and door mirrors plus rather smart looking matching 18’ alloys. The screen is a 9” monster and the reintroduction of a cd player would be a firm favourite with those born before 2002!

On the road prices start from £21,009.00 through to £32,759.00 plus VAT which gives plenty of options to match a variety of budgets.

In summary:


  • Warranty 5yr/125000 miles, plus epic dealer network
  • High specification throughout
  • Weighs 2040kg (No speed restrictions = normal passenger car speed limits, unlike all other current UK pickups)
  • Comfort and safety


  • Waiting list is long but improving as pandemic restrictions ease
  • Ad blue (Looks like its here to stay)
  • 164PS Engine and 360Nm Torque can be a little loud on start up