D-Max LS-U+ Dual Cab Ute long distance touring

ISUZU D-MAX UTE IS IT ANY GOOD

D-MAX LS-U+   – We have had a long term test D-MAX LS-U plus for a few weeks now and as part of that we tested its comfort as a long distance touring vehicle with a trip to Melbourne and back.

Isuzu D-MAX LS-U Plus front qtr 2Let me say that it was commendable.

As I have mentioned before the LS-U+ Ute has a number of added comfort features specifically aimed at everyday use.

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These include:

  • premium leather heated seats,
  • driver’s seat that has electronic adjustment along with extra lumbar support that my ageing back appreciates,
  • As I did a bit of night time driving the auto dimming rear view mirror proved valuable and added safety,
  • And for those frosty mornings the external heated mirrors were a bonus.

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Cruising along the highway between Sydney and Melbourne can be tiring so the cruise control was used extensively. I could choose to utilise the radar function or not at my discretion.

We all know that the D-Max is an excellent 4WD Ute, but its ride and responsiveness on the freeway over the 2000 odd kilometres made for relaxed cruising. The low torque delivery and six speed AT allowed us to hum along just under 2,000rpm which meant quiet and economical driving.

We averaged around 7.0L/100K on the highway.

Wireless Apple CarPlay also added to the extensive IDAS safety features of the D-Max.

Overall there wasn’t much difference between the D-Max or a SUV for the trip.

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Im Rob Fraser

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Class leading Safety
  • Improved centre screen resolution
  • 4WD and towing capability
  • Haphazard DTE readings
  • Walk away locking good and bad
  • Would love 150kW/500Nm

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22MY Isuzu D-MAX 3.0L 4JJ3-TCX.

Model   

Isuzu D-MAX LS-U+ 4WD Dual Cab Ute

Model Price$61,900 MLP*
Engine3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel
DrivetrainTerrain Command 4×4 Aisin 6 Sp AT
Power140kW @ 3600rpm
Torque450Nm @ 1600-2600rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP (Tested Sept 2020)
CO2 Emissions207 g/km Euro 5
Economy ADR/ Capacity8.0L/100km / 8.7L/100K on test / 76L
0-100kmh/Top SpeedN/A
Servicing12 Mths / 15,000km $3,223 for 105,000km (7 years)
Warranty6yr/ 150,000 km with 7 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    

90/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort9
Equipment9
Performance8
Ride and Handling9
Practicality9
Fit for Purpose9
Towing/4WD Capability10 Towing 5/5 – 4WD 5/5
Technology / connectivity9
Value for Money9

*Towing and AWD Capability is compared to other similar vehicles in the same class.

Isuzu D-MAX LS-U Plus profile

LS-U Dimensions

 
Overall Length5270mm
Wheelbase3125mm
Width / Height1870mm / 1790mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 240 mm / 800mm
Approach / RO / Departure30.5 / TBC / 19 degrees
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle76 Litres / 12.5mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload2112kg / 3100kg / 6000kg / 988kg
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating3500kg / 350kg

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Summary

D-MAX LS-U+   – We have had a long term test D-MAX LS-U plus for a few weeks now and as part of that we tested its comfort as a long distance touring vehicle with a trip to Melbourne and back.

Overall there wasn’t much difference between the D-Max or a SUV for the trip.

About Rob Fraser 314 Articles
Rob first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then.Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.