The third generation
From €22,990 excluding tax
In France, he is unknown to the general public, but experts love him. D-Max is more than 20 years on the pickup market. Stable, reliable and economical, the Japanese has become a favorite of the construction industry, craftsmen and even farmers. But that was before. Because this third generation enters the 21st century. Out, Spartan comfort and nondescript finishes. The engineers started with a clean sheet of paper: the design, chassis and equipment have been reviewed to improve safety, road holding and comfort.
Isuzu D-Max N60, that is its nickname, does not go unnoticed with its length of 5.30 m and its attractive grille. The manufacturer has strengthened the personality of his image with a short muzzle, a ribbed bonnet and formidable optics. The set is highlighted here with metallic orange (510 €), black rims and optional running boards.
As with the majority of the market, the D-Max has focused its offer on two chassis, one cabin and a crew cabin like this one, with two opposing doors and the capacity to accommodate 4 passengers, or rather 2 adults and 2 children, space that. reduced to a minimum. Apart from a few exceptions, the two-room version called “crew cabin” with 5 real seats is unfortunately penalized with a capital penalty of €40,000, i.e. an amount higher than the price of the car.
The interior of the cabin has benefited from an upgrade. The dashboard shows a modern design, the instrument panel becomes semi-digital and the plastics are more attractive than before, like this top-of-the-range “FF” version priced at €40,400 including tax, with leather trim. .
This is an increase compared to its ancestor but with the same finish, bodywork and engine, the D-Max remains on average €2,000 less than its competitors such as the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux or Nissan Navarra. The only false note concerns the low-end media system. It’s slow, the graphics are crude, and it’s unintuitive to use. It has the advantage of being Android and Carplay compatible.
The D-Max does not offer the longest tip in the category but on the other hand it is among the best students in terms of its payload of more than one ton. Naturally, it is possible to customize the tip through the options catalog, as here with “sports” reinforcement bars (€816) and a sliding tonneau cover (€1,700).
Despite its refinement, the D-Max does not neglect storage and durability. So you will find two cup holders, storage compartments located above the center console, in front of the gear lever and on the rest, large door bins and two storage spaces located under the rear bench seat.