Isuzu D-MAX X-TERRAIN 4WD Dual Cab Ute 2021 Review

Is the Isuzu D-MAX X-TERRAIN the best 4WD Ute on the market, Stick Around for a minute and find out.

Isuzu D-MAX X-TERRAIN 4WD UTE 1 Launched late last year the updated D-Max became the segment leader in safety features for Utes along with class leading features such as wireless Apple Car Play, walk away locking and more.

For buyers the IDAS Intelligent Driver Assist System starts with the entry level SX models which is a bonus.

The key to the D-MAX though is just how easy it is to drive around every day. Revised suspension and engine tune have provided smoother and more relaxed driving as well as better economy.

Isuzu D-MAX X-TERRAIN 4WD UTE 1

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Isuzu D-MAX 21MY X-TERRAIN Interior Dash

As a family car all Utes are compromised by rear leg room, apart from the RAM 1500, but as a 4WD or tow vehicle the D-Max is excellent, with premium features, comfort and advanced safety and connectivity technology.

Isuzu D-MAX 21MY 9_ Display

X-Terrain is priced from only $63,900 plus the usual costs it should be on everyone list for a premium Dual Cab Ute.  The premium 4WD Ute segment is very competitive and sales of Utes has boomed in recent years so every manufacturer is giving more and more for buyers.

Is it the best 4WD Ute on the market, well listeners will have to wait until we do our COTY comparisons in the next few months?

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Isuzu D-MAX 21MY 4x4 X-TERRAIN - AT Gear Selector

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Class leading Safety
  • Improved centre screen resolution
  • 4WD and towing capability
  • No heated or A/C seats
  • Roller Tub top reduces load space
  • Would love 150kW/500Nm

Isuzu D-MAX X-TERRAIN 4WD UTE 1

 

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Isuzu D-MAX 21MY Engine Bay

Model   

Isuzu D-MAX X-Terrain 4WD Dual Cab Ute 

Model Price From $62,900 MLP*
Engine 3.0L 4 Cyl TDi
Drivetrain Terrain Command 4×4 Aisin 6 speed Auto
Power 140kW at 3,600rpm
Torque 450 Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm
Safety Five Star  ANCAP (tested 2019)
CO2 Emissions 207 g/km
0-100kmh / top speed N/A
Economy ADR / Tank 8.0 L/100km 9.9 L/100km over our test / 765L
Servicing 12 months / 15,000 km Capped Price for 7 years
Warranty 6yr/ Unlimited 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.

Isuzu D-MAX X-TERRAIN 4WD UTE 1

Overall Rating    

85/100

Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
4WD Ability / Towing 10
Technology / connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

Isuzu Ute D-MAX X-TERRAIN LOAD

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 5280mm
Wheelbase 3125mm
Width / Height 1880mm / 1810mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 240mm / 800mm
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 76 Litres / 12.5mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 2130kg / 31005kg / 5950kg / 980kg
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 3500kg / 350kg

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  • 8/10
    Behind the Wheel - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Comfort - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 10/10
    4WD Ability / Towing - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Technology / connectivity - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
8.5/10

Summary

Isuzu D-MAX X-Terrain is priced from only $63,900 plus the usual costs it should be on everyone list for a premium Dual Cab Ute.  The premium 4WD Ute segment is very competitive and sales of Utes has boomed in recent years so every manufacturer is giving more and more for buyers.

Is it the best 4WD Ute on the market, well listeners will have to wait until we do our COTY comparisons in the next few months?

About Rob Fraser 1748 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. 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. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.