Isuzu MU-X LS-T Christmas touring holiday

Isuzu MU-X LS-T – Like a lot of families, Christmas for us was spent at a few different houses and a lot of driving. To do that we chose an Isuzu MU-X LS-T.  Christmas gifts Not because we were heading off road, but because we were doing lots of long-distance driving.

We went from Sydney to Wollongong, back to Sydney to Nelson Bay, Grafton then the Glasshouse Mountains and back again.

Overall, we drove some two thousand five hundred kilometres over a few weeks and here are my thoughts.

The MU-X is spacious. It fitted all our luggage and presents, food and other gear easily.

When we went for day trips it fitted five adults in comfort.

It’s just so relaxing to drive long distances. One day we drove over 850km and arrived feeling relatively fresh.

There is more than enough performance for highway cruising and its economical. We averaged 7.7 litres per 100km for the full trip.

The MU-X also comes with a few practical features like wireless smart phone connectivity, and considering we drove through torrential rain in southern Queensland the 4WD and safety features were comforting.

We all know the Isuzu MU-X is a great 4WD and towing vehicle, but its also a practical and comfortable family SUV for everyday use.

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More Isuzu MU-X LS-T thoughts

  • We have reviewed the MU-X several times and it has been a multiple winner of our related publications OzRoamer COTY awards over they years.
  • It’s one of our favourite 4WD SUV’s
  • We chose the Isuzu for our Christmas driving because:
    • It’s very comfortable inside.
    • Spacious with room for heaps of luggage and extra people for day trips
    • Good performance and economy for longer trips
    • Impressive ride and handling for a 4WD
    • Easy to live with every day.
    • Good safety features

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Some other Isuzu MU-X articles

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What is good?

  • Looks good.
  • 4WD Capability.
  • Comfortable to sit in and drive

What is not so good?

  • DTE measure fluctuates a lot and not reliable.
  • Boot lid could open higher for tall people
  • No wireless charging tray

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The Isuzu MU-X sits in a competitive segment and crosses the barrier between 4WD and SUV. .

But buyers could look at  Ford Everest,  Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, SsangYong RextonToyota Fortuner.

If towing or real 4WD adventures are not needed, then AWD SUV’s could be the way to go. Choices include: Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Kluger, Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX-9, Mitsubishi Outlander.

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Isuzu MU-X LS-T final thoughts

There is a reason that the MU-X is a popular 4WD. It’s simply because it’s good.

With versatility to carry a family in comfort, tow a boat or caravan or head to Cape York.

But it rides and handles more like a premium SUV than a boxy 4WD.

We did over 2,500 km over our trip and the Isuzu MU-X was a comfortable companion for the journey.

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Isuzu MU-X

Model

MU-X LS-T

Model Price$61,400 MLP*
Engine3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain8 Sp ZF AT 4WD dual range
Battery Capacity / typeN/A
Power140kW @ 3,600 rpm
Torque450Nm @ 1,600 – 2,600 rpm
Fuel ADR7.8L/100km
Fuel on Test7.7L/100km
Fuel capacity80L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency1176km
Range on test925km
Safety5 star ANCAP (tested 2022)
CO2 Emissions206g/km
0-100kmh/Top SpeedN/A
Servicing12 Mth / 15,000km
Warranty6yr/ 150,000 km with
Roadside Assist6Yr. 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    

88/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort8
Equipment8
Performance8
Ride and Handling9
Practicality9
Fit for Purpose9
4WD / Towing10 (4WD 5 / Towing 5)
Technology/connectivity8
Value for Money10

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

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Dimensions

 
Overall Length4850mm
Wheelbase2855mm
Width1870mm
Height1825mm
Wheels20×7.5 Alloy
Tyres265/50 R20
Max ground clearanceUp to 235mm
Wading Depth800mm
Approach29.2
Rampover23.1
Departure angle26.4
Turning Circle KTK11.4m
Boot Capacity Min311L
Boot capacity Max2138L
Battery WeightN/A
Kerb Weight2180kg
Payload (kg)620kg
GVM (kg)2800kg
GCM5900kg
Towing Capacity2500kg
Tow Ball rating350kg

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Overall Rating
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Summary

Isuzu MU-X LS-T final thoughts

There is a reason that the MU-X is a popular 4WD. It’s simply because it’s good.

With versatility to carry a family in comfort, tow a boat or caravan or head to Cape York.

But it rides and handles more like a premium SUV than a boxy 4WD.

We did over 2,500 km over our trip and the Isuzu MU-X was a comfortable companion for the journey.

About Brianna Fraser 70 Articles
Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her.Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed.In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.