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Isuzu MU-X 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 $57,400 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 it can tow up to 3000kg 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 Q&As

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

  • Why is the fuel consumption of my 2019 Isuzu MU-X getting worse?

    My initial thought is that 11 or 12 litres per 100km for an overall average is about what I would have expected. These are not small cars, they’re not light and they have fairly ordinary aerodynamics.

    What you need to keep in mind is that the official fuel consumption figure is a number achieved on a very specific test cycle that in no way approximates a real-world experience. Car makers go to great lengths to nail a good number on these tests (for marketing purposes) often at the expense of real-world fuel economy. Yes, it does seem crazy, doesn’t it?

    You also mentioned you use your car mostly for high-speed driving. What’s your definition of high speed? Thanks to the aerodynamics of vehicles like the MU-X an extra 10km/h at freeway speeds can have a huge effect on economy. Even removing a roof-rack when you’re not using it can save a litre per 100km.

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  • Isuzu MU-X 2016: Problems after servicing

    Any odd or new noises from an automatic transmission are, indeed, bad noises Gavin. Squealing or screeching from the gearbox can be caused by any number of things, but none of them are good and none of them are likely to go away on their own.

    To be honest, I’ve heard of more problems with the Isuzu’s manual gearbox, with the fifth-gear synchro dragging and making a dry-bearing noise. The first thing I’d do is interrogate the car’s on-board computer to see if any fault codes show up and take it from there.

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  • What do you recommend for towing a horse trailer and large draft-horse?

    None of the vehicles you’ve listed are exactly low-maintenance units. They all have complex all-wheel-drive drivelines (which will be appreciated when towing a heavy trailer across a wet showground) and they use the latest common-rail diesel technology which is fairly intolerant of poor servicing.

    As for a power tailgate on a ute, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. But some of the wagon versions of these vehicles can be optioned with powered tailgates. The catch there is that these vehicles use coil sprung rear axles (as opposed to the leaf-sprung ute versions) so they’re not as adept at towing. The Toyota Fortuner, for instance can’t match the HiLux’s 3.5-tonne limit and makes do with 2800kg; not enough for your requirements. The Ford Everest (based on the Ranger) is a little better at 3000kg, but still trails the Ranger’s 3500kg towing capacity and is right on your self-imposed minimum.

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  • Isuzu MU-X 2018: How much can my car tow?

    It’s not a good idea to be towing in fifth gear into a head wind or uphill, or in other adverse conditions. If you do the gearbox will shift back to fourth, or lower if need be. I wouldn’t be too concerned about towing a larger van, providing of course it doesn’t overload the MU-X. You could upgrade the turbo with a chip or other device, but in my view you’re risking trouble by doing it.

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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 $57,400 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
2020 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $43,900 $57,400
2019 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $34,750 $61,990
2018 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $26,790 $52,959
2017 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $26,990 $45,999
2016 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP AUTO $22,990 $41,990
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Isuzu MU-X Towing Capacity

The Isuzu MU-X has maximum towing capacity of 3000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
2019 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
2018 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
2017 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
2016 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
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Isuzu MU-X Colours

  • Magnetic Red
  • Cosmic Black
  • Havana Brown
  • Obsidian Grey
  • Titanium Silver
  • Silky White
  • Splash 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
2020 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2019 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2018 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2017 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2016 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
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
2016 SUV 8.2L/100km 3.0L Diesel 5 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Isuzu MU-X Pricing and Specs for 2020

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 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2016 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