Oct 05, 2023
On the topic of practicality, this D-Max has a useful and spacious cabin.
For what it’s worth, I like the cloth seat trim available on this grade, which strikes me as hard-wearing and easy to clean.
The seats are also wide and have significant padding and bolstering so you’re comfortable and don’t get thrown around too much.
The wheel is reach and height adjustable, while the seats manually slide back and forward, but have electric adjust for lumbar. Many who use this truck for adventure or agricultural applications will prefer a manually sliding seat, so I see this as fair.
It was easy for me to find my own driving position, and I had very good visibility over the bonnet, out the rear window, and down the side, with generous wing mirrors (which, no doubt, will also come in handy when towing).
On the topic of practicality, this D-Max has a useful and spacious cabin. (Image: Tom White)
The cab is quite high, so the addition of side-steps in this grade was a welcome touch for my much shorter partner to be able to clamber in and out of the cab easily.
In terms of amenity for front passengers, there are large bottle holders and map pockets in each door, a further two large bottle holders in the centre console alongside the manual handbrake, a bay underneath the climate controls suitable for phones (though finished in a hard plastic material, so things may slide about), a small but deep armrest console box, and a decent-sized glove box.
Of course, Isuzu carries over additional pop-out cupholders in the dashboard, apparently an important feature amongst the truck's dedicated fan base.
Isuzu has maintained physical controls, particularly for climate functions which are operated via a line of toggles, as well as maintaining physical buttons for core functions of the multimedia suite, like volume and a home shortcut.
Sadly, the 9.0-inch multimedia set-up is let down by ugly, basic software, but it gets the job done, and most of the time you’ll be negotiating with phone mirroring anyway.
In terms of amenity for front passengers, there is a bay underneath the climate controls suitable for phone. (Image: Tom White)
Wireless CarPlay is a nice touch, but bring a cable, because it isn’t paired with a wireless phone charger.
The back seat is similarly generous, offering solid leg and headroom, and the shapely seat trim continues, which goes a long way to ensuring your passengers don’t have to feel like an afterthought.
While I would have liked the rear doors to open a little wider, in case you wanted to fit a child seat for example, the cabin width is impressive.
Tray dimensions come in at 1570mm long, 1530mm wide, and 490mm deep, with 1122mm between the wheel arches. (Image: Tom White)
The rear seat backs can be folded down should you want to store bulky objects, or even fit a second battery or power converter behind for camp or work set-ups.
Rear passengers are also treated to a USB outlet, dual adjustable air vents, a large bottle holder in the doors, pockets on the backs of the front seats, and a flip out coat hook. Accessibility is helped along by big handles on the inside of the B-pillar.
The tray offers healthy dimensions and in this case comes with a plastic ISUZU-embossed tub-liner, though you’ll have to fork out extra for a tonneau cover.
The wheel is reach and height adjustable, while the seats manually slide back and forward, but have electric adjust for lumbar. (Image: Tom White)
The tie-down anchor points are also located high on the sides, with none in the base of the tray, which was frustrating as I couldn’t ocky strap my ski equipment down, although I could fit my 172cm long skis in there on an angle.
The tailgate scores a soft-open piston, which is nice. You won’t have to pay extra for a tow receiver, though, as it comes standard on this grade.
Again, the D-Max is also missing a few tricks found standard on rivals, like the Ranger's tray side-steps. Still, aftermarket support for D-Max tray accessories remains strong.
Tray dimensions come in at 1570mm long, 1530mm wide, and 490mm deep, with 1122mm between the wheel arches.