Car Reviews | Isuzu D-MAX HI-RIDER Extended cab

Isuzu D-MAX HI-RIDER Extended cab

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For the daring

As the world’s biggest diesel power unit manufacturer, Isuzu has built an impressive reputation for themselves and his brand has become rather adorned, especially in South Africa. The D-MAX has been set into place to replace the KB and it has some rather large shoes to fill, seeing as in just 72 hours the Isuzu KB earned itself 15 speed and distance records back in April of 2010. The success? Isuzu is one of only a few manufactures that test and tweak their vehicle in local environments. With such an impressive pedigree I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this remarkable vehicle.

The Concept

This bakkie is ideal for a businesswoman with a hard-working attitude and a ground-floor business. It’s a durable vehicle that won’t give up on you no matter how heavy you pack it. It is also seamlessly suited for agricultural use and will excel in unmarked terrains with rough patches. 

The Look

Built to be resilient and robust, this Isuzu has what you would call a vigorous and domineering appearance. 16-inch steel tyres, roof rails and a sports bar assures you of its work-horse status, and L-shaped halogen headlights provide you with bright illumination wherever the road might take you. The HI-RIDER has a distinctive presence and with its signature grey grille, black rear bumper, door handles and side mirrors, it’s sure to be getting a few envious gazes. This bakkie is a continuation of a legacy and will be sure to provide customers with many, many satisfied kilometres. 

The Feel

Strictly utility focused, the inside is made up of tough and durable materials. With a neatly laid out dashboard and strongly stitched bucket seats, the HI-RIDER is ready to tackle, whether it’s an urban jungle or a jungle-jungle, it’s capable. The driver’s seat has a manual height adjustment and reclining function, and the front windows are electrically powered and feature a Driver One-Touch as well as Jam Protection feature. Thanks to its sizable windows and neat design, the cabin is so spacious that you almost forget that this isn’t a big SUV, but rather an in-between of the single and double cabs. I must say that I rather like the Illuminated Entry and although the ground clearance was a wee bit too high for me, I could manage with the help of the trusty side step (and a quick pep talk), I was in and barrelling down the road in no time. 

The Features

The infotainment system is equipped with two speakers, AM/FM Radio, a CD player, USB, Bluetooth Audio Streaming and Hands-Free Phone, along with a manual air conditioning system that will be appreciated during sunny days. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake-Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, Hill-Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), driver and passenger airbags, a Speed-Sensitive Door Lock and Park Distance Control (PDC) are all safety features to give you and your passengers a safe and secured drive. Remote-Controlled Central Locking and an Anti-Theft Alarm System is also included to protect your beautiful beast from being taken by sticky fingers. This vehicle isn’t flooded with features as it’s built to be tough and hardworking, but if you upgrade this entry level you will be surprised how many features are standard on the other derivative, and this all depends on every individual’s unique needs. 

The Drive

This 2.5-litre turbocharged engine cranks out 100kW of power and 320Nm of torque. It has a 7.6-litre per 100km fuel consumption which is rather remarkable for such a bulky vehicle. Due to its sizable dimensions it’s extremely comfortable to drive in, and yes this makes city driving a bit difficult but let’s be real, metropolitan trips will be few and far between. On stretched roads it’s an absolute pleasure but the real fun comes when you take a detour onto those single, crater dirt roads. The HI-RIDER is equipped for these situations with a skid plate guard, engine sump guard, and if you know you’re going to push it just a bit more there is also an optional rear differential. As the ISUZU is tested on and tweaked to operate on South African roads, it’s an ultimate pleasure to drive. Its suspension does a wonderful job at soaking up all of the road’s imperfections, and with a load of driving aids you will be tempted to jam this vehicle on purpose just to challenge its capability.  

Where to find it

If this heavy-duty HI-RIDER has caught your eye and you would like to mud it out, be sure to check it out at

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Journalist: Desh Bechan 

Transcriber: Nita Stadler