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Isuzu MU-X Review, For Sale, Models, Specs & Colours in Australia

The rugged Isuzu MU-X (which oddly stands for Mysterious Utility – eXtreme) is a 4x4 wagon based on the company's only other passenger vehicle, the D-Max ute.

The MU-X – like its key competitors, the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest – eschew leaf springs at the rear in favour of softer coils, but its otherwise mechanically identical to its ute brethren. Available in a rear- or four-wheel drive layout in the $43,900 MU-X LS-M (4X2) and $65,900 MU-X LS-T (4X4) models respectively, the five seat wagon also offers a third row of seats, allowing a total of seven people to ride aboard. A five-speed automatic transmission backs its torquey 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, and since 2021 it can tow up to 3500kg of braked trailer behind it.

This vehicle is also known as Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet D-Max, Chevrolet LUV D-Max, Holden Colorado, Holden Rodeo, Isuzu KB, Isuzu LB, Isuzu Rodeo, Chevrolet T Series, GMC Canyon.

Isuzu MU-X Accessories

Standard on this LS-T 4WD are 20 inch alloys, leather trim, a power tailgate, Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Isuzu MU-X Accessories

Isuzu MU-X Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Isuzu MU-X here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What car should I get to tow a 22-foot caravan around Australia?

    I wouldn’t be concerned about the cylinder configuration of a particular engine. What’s more important is how much power and torque that engine makes, and how towing-friendly that power delivery is. By which we mean how smooth and flexible is the delivery. What you don’t want is a peaky engine that needs to be revved before it delivers the good as that puts a strain on everything and make the vehicle tricky and unpleasant to drive.

    The good news is that all the vehicles you’ve nominated have good, solid powerplants that are well suited to towing a caravan. Modern turbo-diesels – especially with an automatic transmission – are ideal for this task.

    What you should go for, however, is the vehicle with the highest towing rating. In this case, that’s any of the Grand Cherokee, MU-X or older Discovery, all of which have variants that can handle a towed load of 3.5 tonnes. The Everest is almost as good with 3.1 tonne, but only almost. The problem is that the van you’ve nominated can easily weigh between 2.2 and 2.8 tonnes which, with a 3.1-tonne limit, leaves you very little headroom for water tanks and camping gear. You’d be amazed at how much a fully loaded caravan weighs, so don’t rely on the brochure, load the van and take it to a weighbridge to make sure the vehicle you have can legally tow it.

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  • Is it worth waiting for the new Isuzu MU-X?

    When the new D-Max arrived in 2020, the big improvements included a step up in standard equipment and a big leap forward in refinement and ride quality. The engine and driveline, however, was carried over from the previous model, so performance and driveability were similar.

    With that in mind, you can probably expect the all-new MU-X to offer a similar hike in standard equipment terms. But unlike the D-Max with its rear leaf springs, the MU-X already features coil springs all around, so there may not be quite the same boost to refinement or ride quality. That said, it’s unlikely Isuzu would go backwards in this department. If you can live without the creature comforts, then a run-out deal on the old model seems like a pretty good idea. It really all depends on how much importance you place on having the latest and greatest.

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  • Why is my 2017 Isuzu MU-X struggling to make power?

    If the new clutch helped the vehicle climb hills, then I dare say that was money well spent. As for noises from the engine under load, I’m afraid that’s a job for somebody on the spot who can listen to the vehicle and make an assessment. The noise could be major internal problems or it could be something as simple as a loose heat shield under the car. Even a loose or worn engine mount can create all sorts of mysterious and expensive-sounding noises and rattles.

    Don’t forget, your vehicle came with a five-year factory warranty, so a major failure that is not the result of mis-use or general wear and tear (provided the vehicle has travelled less than 130,000km) is still covered by Isuzu.

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  • What does the "check system" error code mean in the Isuzu M-UX?

    Any time you have a fuse blowing consistently, you have an electrical problem. Either the circuit involved in lighting the indicator letters and shifting the vehicle into Park (modern transmissions use electronic actuators extensively) is shorting out or being overloaded, and that’s causing the fuse to blow as an alternative to the wiring melting and setting fire to something.

    If it’s a new vehicle, though, it’s covered under the factory warranty, so a trip to the dealership should put it right at no cost to you. It could be a pinched wire, a poor earth, or a fault in the electronic control system. Either way, it’s Isuzu’s problem.

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Isuzu MU-X Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Isuzu MU-X varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $43,900 and going to $65,900 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $43,900 $65,900
2021 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $43,900 $65,900
2020 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $31,500 $55,880
2019 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $27,600 $53,240
2018 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $25,300 $46,530
See All Isuzu MU-X Pricing and Specs

Isuzu MU-X Towing Capacity

The Isuzu MU-X has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 3000kg 3500kg
2020 SUV 0kg 3000kg
2019 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
2018 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
2017 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
See All Towing Capacity for Isuzu MU-X

Isuzu MU-X Seats

The MU-X LS-T features leather accented seats that are perforated and heated. It's a proper seven seater and the two back rows are comfortable for adults, with the second row sliding forward to give third row passengers more room, and third row seats able to angle backward to make it more comfortable.

Isuzu MU-X Colours

Magnetic Red Mica, Basalt Black Mica, Cobalt Blue Mica, Jasper Brown Mica, Obsidian Grey Mica, Mercury Silver Metallic, Moonstone White Pearl, Mineral White.

  • Magnetic Red Mica
  • Basalt Black Mica
  • Cobalt Blue Mica
  • Jasper Brown Mica
  • Obsidian Grey Mica
  • Mercury Silver Metallic
  • Moonstone White Pearl
  • Mineral White
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Isuzu MU-X Dimensions

The dimensions of the Isuzu MU-X SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2020 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2019 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2018 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2017 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Isuzu MU-X Dimensions

Isuzu MU-X Fuel Consumption

The Isuzu MU-X is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 8L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP SEQ AUTO
2020 SUV 8L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP SEQ AUTO
2019 SUV 8L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP SEQ AUTO
2018 SUV 8L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP SEQ AUTO
2017 SUV 8.1L/100km 3.0L Diesel 5 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Isuzu MU-X Pricing and Specs for 2021

Isuzu MU-X Boot Space

The boot is very large if you’ve got the third row down. A full 1119L of space means it will fit a double pram or large suitcases easily, with sporting equipment as well.

If you are making use of the third row, the size does go down to 311L which is enough room for groceries or school bags.

Isuzu MU-X Boot space

Isuzu MU-X Interior

There's a leather steering wheel, and leather accented covered dash with white top stitching, a newly designed centre console area which incorporates the digital dash in front of the steering wheel along with the multimedia system and all controls, so it all looks like much more streamlined and functional. 

Isuzu MU-X Interior

Isuzu MU-X Wheel Size

The Isuzu MU-X has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 245x70 R16 for SUV in 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 245x70 R16 245x70 R16
2020 SUV 245x70 R16 16x7 inches 245x70 R16 16x7 inches
2019 SUV 245x70 R16 16x7 inches 245x70 R16 16x7 inches
2018 SUV 245x70 R16 16x7 inches 245x70 R16 16x7 inches
2017 SUV 245x70 R16 16x7 inches 245x70 R16 16x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Isuzu MU-X Wheel Sizes

Isuzu MU-X Speed

Isuzu doesn't quote a 0-100km/h time but you can expect to achieve that speed from rest in around 11 seconds.