2016 Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LS-A A/T

The mu-X has been out in the market for quite some time now and has been a popular choice in the segment since. When it was launched, it was saddled with a 2.5 liter turbodiesel with 136 PS which seemed adequate at the time. While no rocket ship, it got the job done and being one of the lowest priced PPVs in the segment, buyers came in droves.

You could say it was smooth sailing from there until the new wave of PPVs entered the market, starting with the Ford Everest. The wave continued when Mitsubishi unveiled the all-new Montero Sport and, after that, it's own twin got a more powerful engine. Then, of course, Toyota stepped into the ring with the all-new Fortuner. Isuzu soon found itself on the back foot as the competition either updated or completely redesigned their PPVs.

Late last year, Isuzu added a new engine in the mu-X in the form of the 3.0 liter turbodiesel. Will the extra 500ccs boost its appeal even more? We take one out for a spin.

One look and you'll struggle to find any difference between the 3.0 and 2.5 liter models. In fact, only a badge separates one from the other. The exterior is pretty much the same SUV you've been seeing for the past three years. The D-Max inspired front fascia, Chevrolet Trailblazer doors and wraparound tail lights carry over in the 3.0 liter engined mu-X although it does come with daytime running lights right near the foglights.

One look at the interior and it offers no hints that you are indeed driving the top of the line model. The mu-X has traditionally been generous with equipment levels and the top spec model adds a ceiling mounted 10-inch screen at the back and power operated adjustments for the driver's seat. It does get an updated touch screen but other than that, it's the same interior that features acres of hard plastic. Like it or loathe it, it will most likely stand the test of time, wear and tear. The only ergonomic quirk I found in the mu-X was the circular housing of the vehicle's automatic climate control system. The rest of the cabin is well laid out and very user friendly. Read more...

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17 Jan 2017

By Anton Andres