D-Max XTR Nav+ Double Cab Auto
enjoy an ongoing love affair
with pick-ups, many now choosing
to use them as lifestyle wagons.
Isuzus new extraterrestrial XTR,
which comes locked-and-loaded for
all landscapes, from urban jungles
to the Indiana Jones variety, should
really get them going...
FOR A START it absolutely looks the part, bringing as much Fury Road-muscle
to the party as Isuzu's other all-terrain road warrior, the eye-poppingly hardcore
Identifying the XTR is a thrusting nose with bonnet protector, intriguing
black side steps, black-clad wheelarches with vibrant green lozenge-shaped inserts
capping 6-spoke satin black alloys shod with 32-inch Pirelli Scorpion off-road
rubber, and a set of 'Radical' graphic decals. Further boosting its rugged appeal
is its height it sits confidently astride the blacktop above 250mm of
The XTR looks tough; and it is tough just sitting in one parked up you
feel very secure indeed. With tweaks by brake, steering and suspension specialist
Pedders, the new chassis hardware is nuanced by some vibrant green highlights.
Make no mistake the XTR is built to face-down the harshest wildscapes.
As mentioned, it also benefits from 250mm of ground clearance and overall it's
a genuine all-terrain explorer that's ready and willing to tackle just about
anything you've got the nerve to point its nose at.
really good news is that it's not totally about mud-plugging as it evident
the moment you swing open the door and climb aboard. Even if you don't use them
you'll for sure notice the tough-looking angular-bar framework side-steps: their
lozenge-shaped infill allows drainage for mud, sand and snow and despite their
durable textured grip-enhancing black finish they're designed not just for stepping
on but also to prevent stones and rocks damaging the bodywork.
XTR looks tough;
and it is tough
just sitting in one parked
up you feel very secure
indeed. With tweaks by
brake, steering and
Pedders the XTR is
a genuine all-terrain
explorer thats ready and
willing to tackle just
about anything youve
got the nerve to point
its nose at...
The lifestyle-focussed cabin accounts for a decent chunk of the XTR's 5.4-metre
length. Supportive, heated sports-style seats upholstered in leather, suede
and carbon-fibre leather are the order of the day and boost the upscale vibes;
there's also bright green embossed XTR branding to the backrests with matching
overstitching while the good-to-grip, flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel
is trimmed in a mix of leather and suede and finished with hand-sewn green overstitching.
Even more appreciated is the full fist of headroom along with brilliant all-round
visibility that makes you master of all you survey; most importantly when tackling
the rough stuff. Rather nice, too, is that those behind the wheel of a £100,000+
SUV have to look up to you. Other touches that make you feel at home include
the clear dials and multifunction driver's information display, a trad-style
pull-up handbrake that feels so much more reassuring than one of the more common
finger-operated switches, large knobs and buttons for non-distracting, on-the-go
AirCon adjustments, big outer armrests along with a padded central one with
room to share, and height-adjustable front belts.
There's plenty of in-flight storage, too: a handy bin in the top of the fascia
with a flip-up lid, two separate gloveboxes, some nifty and very useful slide-out
'mini drawers' at each end of the dash that can convert to cupholders, a drop-down
overhead case for your shades, bottle-holding door bins, a good-sized box under
the central armrest, siamesed dual-use cupholders, and a shelf in the fascia
below the steering wheel.
are comprehensive starting with a 7-inch Pioneer infotainment touchscreen with
SatNav (and crystal-clear 3D mapping and guidance that makes getting lost impossible),
Bluetooth, DAB radio with eight speakers, CD player, the essential Apple CarPlay
and Android Auto, ample 12-volt power outlets plus enough USB ports both front
and rear. Other expected convenience features include an efficient AirCon system,
powerfolding heated door mirrors, reversing camera, power windows, and tinted
is also well addressed with Pedder's vented and slotted disc front brakes with
Kevlar ceramic pads, Electronic Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill
Descent Control, hill-start assist, front, side and curtain airbags, LED daytime
running lights, LED tail lights, front and rear fog lights, and a heated rear
the XTR rides
the blacktop well.
Sure, speed humps and
the usual potholes and
raggedy British road
toppings can be felt;
but it stops there your
teeth fillings certainly
Like all of the pick-up
breed, it rides better
with some weight in the
back. That noted,
despite the all-terrain
ride height, even lightly
laden the XTR always
The rear cab is easy to get in and out of: along with the wide and very usable
non-slip side-steps there are overhead pulls. Once in, you sit high above the
floor as well as being six inches higher than those seated up front. Uninterrupted
views out and a padded centre armrest, bottle-holding door pockets, big oddments
pouches on the front seatbacks and twin pop-out cupholders all help make it
very liveable as too does the headroom and decent knee- and foot-room.
Although you sit quite upright, it's comfortable; even for long trips. Foot-room
for three is matched by three belts and three headrests. Isofix child seat fittings
are standard on the rear outer seats and there are child locks for the doors.
Incidentally, if you're not carrying passengers the versatile rear bench offers
various cargo-enabling permutations.
For something so brawny and off-road-focused, the XTR rides the blacktop acceptably.
Sure, speed humps and the usual potholes and raggedy British road toppings can
be felt; but it stops there your teeth fillings certainly won't suffer.
Like all of the pick-up breed, it rides better with some weight in the back.
That noted, and despite the all-terrain ride height, even lightly laden the
XTR always feels confident.
Engine-wise there's only one unit available to slot under the bonnet: a 161bhp
four-pot 1.9-litre turbodiesel that makes 265lb ft and that's enough
to get it well past 'the ton' (to 112mph) with 62mph done and dusted in 13 seconds.
Keeping up with the traffic is not a problem.
Officially the combined figure for the XTR is 36.2mpg which, considering the
standard-fit four-wheel drive and imperious body size, is really rather economical
we recorded 31.1mpg over the course of a hard-driven week and we'd expect
more 'normal' drivers to edge that up. Transmission-wise you have choices: manual
or automatic our autoboxed version (with a manual mode offering +/- lever-selected,
driver-determined changes) performed smoothly and made day-to-day driving a
doddle despite the XTR's outsized physical footprint.
spending far more will buy you a 4x4 SUV that will be more sporty to drive on-road,
it's off-road where the XTR will leave it trailing in its wake. That said, the
XTR feels perfectly at ease trundling along with city tarmac beneath its Pirelli
treads; it steers honesty, stops and goes fluently and, despite its far-flung
borders and muscular wheelarches, is a cinch to place (okay, so it does overspill
most standard parking spaces but then so does a Rolls-Royce). The XTR's
Kevlar ceramic brakes aren't there just to glam-up the spec-sheet; they really
do boost the stopping power.
the blacktop disappears in the rearview mirror the XTR comes into its own, making
you want to let out a Die Hard Yippee-ki-yay! as it punches through rough
disappears in your
rearview mirror the XTR
comes into its
making you want to let
as it punches through
addition to 2H and 4H all-wheel drive settings there's a low-ratio 4L for when
the going gets really tough.
then there's the XTR's bespoke suspension upgraded and fitted with front
suspension upper arms and specially-designed damper units to achieve a longer
suspension articulation, courtesy of off-road specialist Pedders, it endows
the XTR with the right tools for all grades of off-tarmac exploring. The deeply-sidewalled
Scorpion All-Terrain Plus tyres, while impressively quiet on-road, are very
capable off-road on rocks, snow, mud, grass and sand.
A locking centre diff is, of course, on-call for tackling the harshest conditions,
as is a very effective hill descent control system as well as practical approach,
departure and ramp angles (respectively 32, 25, and 24 degrees). Combined with
the XTR's great all-round visibility, it all adds up to some serious off-road
The XTR's matt black roller loadbed cover creates a secure weatherproof 'portmanteau'
and adds extra versatility and the deep and sturdy tailgate is damped for safe
and easy dropping. Naturally the loadbed is protected by a bring-it-on liner
which can be easily hosed down. And as far as everyday pick-up stuff goes, the
XTR is one of the very best: tow a braked 3,500kg? No problemo; haul a 1,125kg
payload behind the cab? Easy-peasy Japanesey!
The macho XTR would bring a bright ray of sunshine even to the Apocalypse. Designed
for genuine off-road enthusiasts as well as drivers who want a formidable all-purpose
vehicle to complement their lifestyle, its double-cab is great for hauling bodies
while its loadbed aces cargo. Throw in a five-year/125,000-mile warranty
emphasising that this D-Max is intended to work hard and play hard every single
day of its long life and the XTR is a tough one to beat. ~ MotorBar
D-Max XTR Nav+ Double Cab Auto
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 13 seconds | Test Average: 31.1mpg
Power: 161bhp | Torque: 265lb ft | CO2: 205g/km