We just love the all new mu-X! It’s is very much up to par with its segment rivals and if it comes down to performance, we think it even surpasses some of its competitors. Read on to see what we mean.
You’ll immediately notice the new and improved body lines, new bumpers, smaller sharper headlights and taillights, and a body that is longer, wider, and higher, making the new mu-X a very attractive car with a fit-for-purpose kind of build. In addition, each of the 3 trim levels comes with derivative-specific wheels ranging from 17 to 20 inches.
The interior offers ample shoulder- and legroom for all 7 passengers. The mu-X further sports climate control, USB, and 12v charging points as well as a modern infotainment system that features Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
The driver gets electrically adjustable seating as well as access to the infotainment system via controls on the steering wheel, while rear passengers can enjoy the 3 zone climate control to adjust the temperature allowing everyone to comfortably sit back, relax and enjoy the ride without sweating all over the soft plush leather seats.
The standard 311l boot is already spacious but if you fold and stow away the seats of the third row, the rear luggage space becomes an enormous 3568l allowing you to almost literally take everything and the kitchen sink. In addition, there is plenty of easy access to smaller storage compartments throughout the vehicle.
The biggest improvements can be found in the performance of this luxury 7-seater SUV. It’s powered by an updated, refined and much quieter, 4JJ3 3.0l 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine. This delivers 140kW and 450Nm and is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The power, available from as low as 1500rpm, makes off-roading unchallenging and painless.
Although power is delivered to the rear wheels, it can easily can be redirected to all four through the transfer case and the locking rear differential from the drive selector switch on the centre console.
The hugely improved fuel efficiency is a result of the all new mu-X being up to 80kgs lighter and is another major highlight of this family friendly transporter. Isuzu claims combined urban and highway fuel consumption figures of 7.6l/100km while user reviews come back with 8.8 or 8.9l/100 km.
It’s clear that Isuzu has not compromised on safety either as the mu-X sports a host of safety features and driver assistance systems. All mu-X models come with eight airbags, including a (first in class) centre airbag which is deployed from the left side of the driver’s seat to prevent head banging between passengers in case of an accident.
The top of the range Onyx model comes with the new IDAS (Isuzu’s Intelligent Driver Assistance System) which makes use of a forward-facing stereo camera setup that relays information to the numerous onboard safety systems such as Collision Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Assist, and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
As you can see, there is nothing ‘unrefined’ or bland about the all new Isuzu mu-X. It has become a lot bolder with outstanding performance, safety and comfort and therefore stands out from its competitors.