Isuzu MUX LST new car review

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What do you get?

MU-X seven-seat SUV.

MU-X models are available in two and guise, with the 2WD versions exclusively with a five-speed transmission. For the base LS-M it’s a $40,500 (plus and dealer costs) proposition and reversing sensors, cruise Bluetooth and the safety of six airbags front, front-side and side and stability control. There’s a full-size spare tyre.

For $1500 you can get the LS-U, which automatic airconditioning, rear air alarm, fog lights, tinted and lashings of fake chrome for a touch of bling.

Stepping up to the 4WD of each is a big jump, the LS-M bringing the same but prices of $45,600 for a manual and $47,800 for the auto. Each includes proper steel plates for underbody protection on roads, while the LS-U get the same $1500 premium on transmission choice.

Topping the range is the LS-T tested which gets such as leather trim, a reversing satellite-navigation and a better sound with eight speakers. will like the DVD screen folds down from the But it’s not cheap, at $53,500, deals have it at drive-away for than $50,000.

What’s

Anyone also looking at the Colorado7 will notice of similarities. While the two boast unique styling and engines, share the same basic and interior presentation.

Storage for those in the front, is good, with two gloveboxes and a dash-top pod to keep valuables out of There’s also a decent console and doorpockets.

Charging is also taken care of two power outlets up front in a glovebox), as well as a third in the

But the driver doesn’t get the same to detail. Flat, unsupportive seats aren’t particularly (not helped by leather lacks suppleness), while the of reach adjustment for the steering increases the degree of difficulty in the driving position.

The central can be fiddly but generally works OK, there are only volume rather than a knob. As there’s plenty of pressing to the volume substantially. The buttons for the system are more user

Leg and head room in the rear is but the middle row seat-backs are quite and the headrests that neatly into them don’t high enough for taller

Separate roof-mounted air vents feed to the second and third and a flow controller, also comfort levels for those in the

There’s almost no luggage with all seven seats in something not helped by the storage box on the

Under the bonnet

A 3.0-litre, diesel helped by a turbocharger duties under the MU-X’s It’s a bit gruff and vocal but the SUV along well enough.

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response is its sweet point, there are times when it its labouring; between 60 and 70km/h on a throttle, for example, it can vibrate the car annoyingly as it relies on its bottom


Overall acceleration isn’t but it is tending towards leisurely.

The auto isn’t very but responds faithfully to a stab of the the broad spread of torque masks its lack of a sixth

Fortunately the MU-X’s drivetrain up points with respectable use. Consumption can dip below 10 per 100 kilometres if you’re gentle on the but generally expect it to use low double

Its towing credentials are also average, up to 3000 kg.

On the road

You need to travel far to establish the is no lover of bends. Vague isn’t helped by a slow ratio (there are almost turns from lock-to-lock, than most cars and which means plenty of through tighter bends and parking.

The MU-X also lacks the of car-based soft-roaders, with that quickly reach limits of adhesion.

Sitting on a ladder frame chassis, the SUV also lacks the body of many more city-friendly jumping and jiggling with at the slightest bumps and lurching if you too hard. Second-grade roads can show the ride up as sub-standard.

On a is where it’s most sitting comfortably at 100km/h.

But off-road where the Isuzu There’s genuine off-road including a set of low-range ratios selected by a dial. Good clearance and protection underneath it’ll leave those SUVs well behind it gives up.

Verdict

As with the Colorado it shares so with, the MU-X’s strength is in its and off-road ability. It’s a off-roader, and is compromised for suburban compared with the wealth of SUVs.

But even sticking to its competitive set the MU-X doesn’t any major competitive advantage, for respectable fuel use and a rear system that could some focus off the bumpy

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