Isuzu MU-X Review | 2014 LS-M, LS-U, LS-T Wagon

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2014 Isuzu MU-X Review


What’s hot: build, proven drivetrain, seven-seater.

Price: from (prices may yet change)

Engine/Trans: 3.0 diesel | 5spd auto 5spd manual)


Fuel Use listed l/100km: 8.2, 4X4: 8.4 | tested: 8.7


Let’s cut to the chase the Isuzu MU-X makes a much ‘first impression’ than Colorado 7. Much, much

For style, the MU-X has the awkward-looking 7 shot to bits. You’d know they shared a genesis; front, side, Isuzu’s MU-X is more balanced and appealing.

The drivetrain too is less powerful and with one ratio, but quieter, more and with a ‘fat’ useable band.

Suspension feel is better; the MU-X is softer and a ‘longer travel’ feel. Its off-road is like an old Range

The isolation in the cabin, and the way it sits and still while the wheels do the down below, is very indeed.

And the accommodation is better; still a bit plasticky but is better and has some detail touches on the Colorado 7. It doesn’t feel as inside, or as drab, as the Colorado.

on the strength of our first foray at the it would seem to have the capable Colorado 7 also in the rough stuff.

And Ford’s Territory. Though superior to the MU-X on road and you’d choose the 2WD Territory the 2WD MU-X every time the Territory AWD has none of the heavy-duty capability of the MU-X 4X4.

We Isuzu’s new MU-X at its Thailand both the 2WD and 4X4 models. We think has hatched a pretty good one


Open the door and faced with a familiar The styling and layout echoes the 7, and also – although the are different – the D-Max.

But the Colorado is overwhelmingly grey the MU-X is a much darker and looks the better for it. The darker makes it look less a commercial interior.

Like the 7 however, it’s not the last in style, nor the last word in

While the leather-wrapped steering is pretty good – a rim and the right size, though not adjustable – most of the touch-points are hollow and hard.

the console lid, the flat armrests, and the dash and instrument all have a Tupperware feel they might have lifted from a commercial not a family SUV.

But there’s no the snug fit and feel of durability. The feels as tight as drum; and out you get a sense it will outlast the

There’s also no complaint the accommodation. The leather seats in the top of the MU-X LS-T we drove are easily adjusted and with shape to hold the … in when at odd angles off-road.

There is also good in the second row, and enough in the third row for a couple of adults a long trip would be out of the

Unlike the Mitsubishi Challenger, for the third row in the MU-X has a scalloped so that taller passengers won’t need to have knees tucked under chins.

Access too is good, and the row can be tumbled forward to open up a large accessible cargo (with the third row folded

And there’s no shortage of features. All in the get air-con, pollen filter, windows, keyless entry, control, rear park CD/MP3 audio system six speakers, Bluetooth, iPod and USB aux-in, leather-wrapped steering 60/40 split-fold second-row 50/50 split-fold third-row and adjustable headrests for all seats, a longer list of features.

The LS-T also gets with live traffic DVD player (roof-mounted screen), camera and climate control (also standard for LS-U


Isuzu does a bit differently in Thailand. The launch was scripted like a school

For the ‘on-road’ part of the drive, we bussed to Bridgestone’s tyre facility east of Bangkok. Our at the wheel there was limited to a few runs around a marked

And we drove only the five-speed not the manual.

So take these as just that, impressions. need a longer run to really the strengths and weaknesses of the MU-X on

That said, we were The 130kW and 380Nm 3.0 litre diesel ‘four’ under the is a known quantity. Isuzu’s diesels are renowned for their and reliability.

With a stainless timing chain, roller and under-stressed to buggery, this is one of the diesels you will find in a SUV. It’s the same unit you’ll find in the ute.

It’s not quiet you’re aware it’s a – but quiet enough. It well-matched to the five-speed auto direct drive on fourth and responds eagerly to a prod on the not greatly different to the D-Max

This diesel might be for work, and a lot of it (it’s rated to and while it doesn’t spin as as a little Euro diesel, it strongly from lazy revs.

We also drove the 2WD round the Bridgestone circuit. For balance, it feels much the as the 4WD LS-T, although slightly nimble thanks to a little weight over the front

Again, we’d need to put 2WD and 4WD alongside each other to be sure of the call.

Down below there is a ‘double wishbone’ independent suspension and a five-link coil-sprung It works really well supple and with extended but may be a tad ‘soft’ for the highway.

There’s a amount of lean on the outside wheel going into and the weight transference at the back-end is apparent on exit, especially in cornering.

That said, the rear seats (I took a few runs with a colleague), it feel at all fussed and is a genuinely compliant ride.

It is off-road where the MU-X really and where the long wheel really makes sense.

This is a very impressive off road.

The articulation down and the ‘lugging’ low-speed capability of the unstressed diesel under the allows the MU-X to creep quite challenging terrain.

We put it its paces on Isuzu’s off-road south-east of Bangkok. It’s a environment: steep, deep and some challenging angles, but in no substitute for the vagaries of a steep trail.

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That said, the is near unstoppable. In the manual, we in first ‘low’ – the showing under 800rpm and the foot kept off the accelerator up and over a near-40 degree

That was impressive.

We stepped it a bed of rocks: while a lot was going on below, anyone in the passenger would barely have

The MU-X’s extended wheel allows the chassis to sit relatively and free of the rapid ‘left-right that can occur in stiffer allowing less vertical

The auto performed equally In many ways, an auto is off-road as it can be more easily

The auto in the MU-X 4X4 also with adaptive grade and hill-ascent and descent control. the steepest pinch on the Isuzu a 47 degree incline up and down, the auto was untroubled.

Its approach and angles – 30.1 and degrees (LS-U and LS-T 4X4 – are very good, as is the angle of 22.6 degrees.

although appearing to sit high and a tippy-toed, as our photos show, the can traverse safely at challenging without roll-over.

I think the thing we wondered about was the front suspension may allow a too much ‘give’ when

If you’re going to dent a it’s when the suspension as the weight comes down on it stepping off something high will do it.

All in all though, it’s not to be impressed with the MU-X, manual and auto.

And with tough-as-nails Isuzu commercial doing the work, you know it take a lot of punishment without

We really look forward to it out over some of our long and fire trails in Victoria’s country.


we think Isuzu has a good SUV in its . While certain to appeal to for its price, seven-seat comfort, and capability, you would have to it’s going to really do with fleet buyers.

strong, it’s well-featured and it unbreakable.

More to the point, the diesel engine and transmissions are primarily for commercial applications. You find this transmission when dragging a heavy – it’s built for it.

also comfortable at the wheel, quiet and looks reasonably – and comes with a year/130,000km warranty (and assist).

When it arrives in look out for Isuzu’s MU-X. You have to spend $70k to get a strong, heavy-duty 4X4 for the big round-Australia with the caravan in tow. The will do it, no problem.

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Prices pricing only)

Isuzu these prices are preliminary and may yet before the MU-X#39;s December

The Isuzu MU-X will come a 5 year/130,000km New Vehicle Warranty.

4×2 LS-M auto $40,500

MU-X 4×2 auto – $42,000

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