Isuzu D-Max SX Ute helps build a garden

Isuzu D-Max SX Road Test review 2023

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Isuzu D-Max SX – A few weeks ago we chatted about the Isuzu SX Single cab Ute and how good it was at carting loads of pavers and other things.

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This week I would like to chat about a different use. Certainly not conventional but practical.

I am renovating my rear garden. Digging out the old sleepers and replacing them with new garden beds. Also making some raised vege patches.

Now the huge tray on the Isuzu SX came in handy.

Having an old back, I’m not fond of bending. The tray was at waist height and large enough to take the full treated sleepers. This allowed me to construct the borders on the back of the tray.

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The sides fold down for easy access.

The sides and the front of the tray form a perfect right angle for setting up the corners of the sleepers.

Not only did this make it so much easier to work, it also made it more accurate. On top of that it was faster, not having to get up and down all the time. My knees and back were extremely thankful.

Using the Isuzu D-Max SX Ute like this shows just how beneficial having a Ute can be.

Isuzu D-Max SX 2 Door 2WD 1.9L Ute is currently priced from $31,990 drive away

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D-Max SX Optional extras:

Tow Bar Kit $1,132.25, 12-Pin Plug $393.25, Electronic Brake Controller $896.05, Economy Alloy Tray $0 (included in driveaway price), Rubber Mats $127.66 and has stamp duty for Accessories which comes to $127.66.

As Tested $34,670.88, as the vehicle has a driveaway special of $31,990.

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What is good?

  • Payload and towing ability
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Class leading safety features

What is not so good?

  • 1.9L can be a little light at times
  • Lights, especially high beam poor, no fog lights
  • Getting lazy in my old age, prefer AT

2023 Isuzu D-Max SX Single Cab Chassis 4x2 Ute 1.9L engine

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D-MAX SX High Rider 

Model Price $31,990 RDAP*
Engine 1.9L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain 6 Sp MT 2WD
Power 110kW @ 3,600rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1800-2600rpm
Safety Five-star ANCAP (tested Sept 2022)
0-100kmh / Top Speed TBA
CO2 Emissions 207 g/km
Economy ADR 7.1L/100km / 76L capacity
Economy on test 8.0L/100k
Max Range (ADR) 1169km / 960km on test
Servicing 12Mth / 15,000km 7 Yrs. Capped Price
Warranty 6yr/ 150,000 km
Roadside Assist 7Yr. 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    


Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 8
Payload/Towing Capability* 8 (5WD 4/5 Towing 3/5)
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

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

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 Isuzu D-Max SX High Ride 4X2
Overall Length 5330mm
Wheelbase 3125mm
Width 1870mm
Height 1790mm
Wheels 17×7.0 Steel
Tyres 255/65 R17
Max ground clearance Up to 235mm
Wading Depth 800mm
Approach 29.6 degrees
Rampover 23.9 degrees
Departure angle 24.6 degrees
Turning Circle KTK 12.5m
Tray Length 2555mm
Tub width arches N/A
Tray width 1777mm
Tray Depth 250mm
Kerb Weight 1595kg
Payload (kg) 1405kg
GVM (kg) 3000kg
GCM 5300kg
Towing Capacity 2800kg
Tow Ball rating 280kg

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