Love my MUX
I purchased my MUX 2wd in August 2016, and it is a 2016.5 2wd LST,with the 5 speed auto transmission. It was primarily for towing our 18ft van which weighs roughly 1750kg loaded. We have travelled 63ks since then, and the only fault I have found is the fuel tank is a little small for the long distance traveller. We had a 116l tank fitted so it is no longer a problem.
Fuel economy varies from low 8's on a trip to mid 9's per 100k in the city. Towing the van we got between 12 and 14.5 travelling between Brisbane and Darwin. I am no leadfoot and a...
Purchased in August 2016.
Good value and practical Family SUV
I considered and compared a number of diesel 7 seaters SUV prior to purchasing my MU-X LS-T back in August. On my shopping list was the Isuzu MU-X, Toyota Fortuner, Holden Captiva, Holden Colorado7, Mitsubishi Pajero and Ford Territory. Buying an Isuzu was definitely not an emotional purchase but a practical one. Coming off a 2004 Mercedes Benz ML270CDI which was an absolute nightmare to own and bleeding me a lot of money with repairs, I decided to go for something more reliable and practical. I test-drove the listed cars and after doing a lot ...of research and comparison, finally narrowed down the choice to the MU-X, Fortuner & Pajero, which seems to be the most reliable of the lot, before deciding on the MU-X as the Fortuner & Pajero do not come in 2WD/RWD given that I do not need 4WD as I only do City driving with mostly sealed roads and do not see the point of paying $7-10k extra for the 4WD gears). Other than that, the three cars seems to have similar driving feel/manner, so it was a matter of equipment levels and built comparison. For the positives, this car has very good space for 7 adults to sit comfortably. Built quality seems good and there are no rattles so far. The MU-X has a good firm feel whilie soft enough absorbing the road bumps and curves. The 3L engine has more than sufficient power for the car this size and I don't feel any turbo lag during acceleration and overtaking.The gearbox changes gears reasonably smooth. Fairly economical fuel consumption for the size of the car, averaging 10L/100km for mostly short trips City driving. The leather seats are comfortable for long drives, and our 3 kids love the DVD player and roof mounted screen. The parking sensors ans camera helps a great deal given the size of the car. Isuzu also has a reputation of building very tough and reliable diesel engines which further swayed me into buying the car. I recently managed to avoid an accident from an idiot driver who failed to check his blindspot and swerved to change lanes almost hitting my car despite me beeping the horn like hell to the idiot, but the MU-X behaved very well engaging the ABS and ESC keeping the car stable at all times and assisting me avoiding the accident. On the negative side, the engine sound is a tad noisier compared to the others particularly during acceleration, but cruising is a lot quieter. The cruise control can be a bit jumpy particularly when braking or cancelling the cruise control. For a top model (LS-T), it does not have front parking sensors available unike most other brand's top equipment model. Also the bluetooth connection is very basic and a bit dated, and there was no Apple Carplay/Android Auto. Inside the car, there are a lot of hard-plastics (but so do the other Japanese/Korean cars these days) although the plactics feels well built and assembled without any rattles. Given I only owned the car for merely four months, I cannot comment of servicing costs and/or long term reliability of the car but the Isuzu's seems to be well regarded by many happy owners and I couldn't find many complaints from Isuzu owners on the internet (try comparing that to the Holden Captiva's and Ford Territory's) Considering the overall value, this was a great purchase and while it is not the most refined car inside and out, it is a very practical car with a good value and a comfortable car to drive in. Happy with the car so far, hopefully for many years to come.
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|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8.1 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||65 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 3.0L|
|Max Power||130kW @ 3600rpm|
|Max Torque||380Nm @ 1800-2800rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,000 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Nov 2013|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2016|
|Replaced by||Isuzu MU-X Series II|
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