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

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 $48,900 MU-X LS-M (4X2) and $67,400 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 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

The top of the range LS-T comes standard with new 20-inch alloys, the LS-U gets 18s, while the LS-M has new 17-inch alloy wheels.

Leather upholstery is only on the LS-T, while the grades below it have cloth seats. The front seats in the  LS-T are also heated and power adjustable.

Standard on the LS-T and LS-U is a proximity key, dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel, rear privacy glass and a 9.0-inch media display - it’s a 7.0-inch on the LS-M. New to these top two grades is a hands-free power tailgate, too.

The headlights, DRLs and tail-lights are LED on all grades. They also all have push-button start, digital radio, Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity.

All grades have side steps and rear parking sensors - the LS-U and LS-T have front sensors as well as roof rails.

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 high on my 2019 Isuzu MU-X?

    A lot of people buying this type of vehicle are horrified the first time they work out their real-world fuel consumption and compare it with the official sticker on the windscreen. Frankly, very very few cars can get anywhere near that official figure. It’s the result of a standard test that bears little relationship with real driving and it’s really only for comparisons with other vehicles, not a realistic idea of what to expect.

    Even so, 14 litres per 100km at highway speeds does seem high. Being a 2019 model, it won’t be that the engine is still brand-new and tight, so we can rule that out. But, there are many other factors that affect fuel consumption more than you might imagine. Does the car have a roof rack fitted, for instance? If it does, you can easily use an extra litre per 100km at freeway speeds thanks to the extra drag. And that’s if there’s nothing on the rack (it will be worse loaded).

    Is the car carrying a lot of accessories such as a bull-bar, rear step, extra fuel tanks and maybe even a winch? All these add weight and weight kills fuel economy. What tyres are you running? Big mud tyres with an aggressive tread can drastically ruin fuel economy, so can taller tyres than standard which mess up the gearing and force you to use more accelerator pedal than a car on standard tyres. Also, the road from Melbourne to Wagga is mostly freeway with a 110km/h limit. Experience has shown that most cars will give their best fuel economy around the 80 to 90km/h mark, and every kilometre over that sees fuel economy go downhill. There could be a very big difference in your car between 100km/h and 110km/h. Even a stiff headwind in a big, bluff-fronted car like a MU-X can make a difference over the distance you’ve quoted.

    If none of those factors are at work, then you really should have the car scanned to see if there’s any problem with the mechanical or fuel systems. Even a dirty air filter can cause a big hike in fuel use, so a once over at the workshop might reveal the answer.

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  • Losing Bluetooth connection in a 2022 Isuzu MU-X Onyx

    This is not an uncommon complaint with MU-X owners nor the owners of many other makes and models. It seems as though some Bluetooth systems prefer an Apple phone to an Android and vice-versa. The solution for some owners has been to change their brand of phone, but that seems pretty extreme. Others have resorted to aftermarket Bluetooth systems, but since your car is still brand-new, it doesn't make sense to be changing the head unit.

    The first thing to do is contact Isuzu to see if there's been a new download to reflash the head unit and improve the Bluetooth performance. Car makers constantly chase this stuff, and a reflash might suddenly make the thing play the game properly.

    You can check whether the problem is phone incompatibility by trying to pair somebody else's phone (of a different type) to see if it works properly with the MU-X's system.

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  •  I have a 2015 Isuzu MU-X. I have heard a whistling noise which was intermittent. It sounded like chains dragging on the ground when towing a trailer...

    Blown turbochargers are hardly an unknown problem on the MU-X or many of the other popular modern turbo-diesel engines that work pretty hard and make lots of horsepower and torque for their capacity.

    Some owners report a rattling, metallic noise such as yours; others reckon the sound of a dying turbocharger is more like an air-raid siren. Either way, the turbo needs to be changed sooner rather than later, to avoid the chance of bits of broken turbo being sucked through the rest of the engine with catastrophic results.

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  • I have a Izuzu MU-X with which I tow a full-sized caravan. Isuzu does not recommend or advise the use of a Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH). Do you have any advice?

    I presume your MU-X is a first-generation model, not the second-generation that launched in mid-2021? The latter is engineered for a WDH, but the former is not.

    Many people think a Weight Distribution Hitch (and also known as load levelling bars) will alter a caravan’s level or otherwise. But the truth is that these are really only designed to transfer some of the tow-ball loading to the tow vehicle’s front axle. `Level riders’ as they are known are more of the same. Many car-makers do not recommend or even permit the use of these hitches, so Isuzu is hardly alone there.

    The problem you face in using them in direct contravention of Isuzu’s own advice is that, if there is a problem on the road, you might find your insurance company will attempt to disown you on the basis of having ignored that official advice.

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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 $48,900 and going to $67,400 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
2023 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP $48,900 $67,400
2022 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP $45,210 $78,650
2021 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $43,780 $76,450
2020 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $42,570 $66,110
2019 SUV 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $39,600 $62,810
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
2023 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2022 SUV 3500kg 3500kg
2021 SUV 3000kg 3500kg
2020 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
2019 SUV 3000kg 3000kg
See All Towing Capacity for Isuzu MU-X

Isuzu MU-X Seats

The MU-X has three rows for a total of seven seats.

Isuzu MU-X Colours

There are up to eight colours in the MU-X range including Galaxy Blue Mica, Magnetic Red Mica, Basalt Black Mica, Mineral White and Obsidian Grey Mica.

  • Galaxy Blue Mica
  • Cobalt Blue Mica
  • Magnetic Red Mica
  • Basalt Black 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
2023 SUV 1815x1870x4850 mm 230 mm
2022 SUV 1815x1870x4850 mm 230 mm
2021 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2020 SUV 1825x1860x4825 mm 220 mm
2019 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 7.8L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 SUV 7.8L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP
2022 SUV 7.8L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP
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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Isuzu MU-X Pricing and Specs for 2023

Isuzu MU-X Boot Space

The MU-X's boot space is excellent. With those third row seats folded flat there’s 1119 litres of cargo capacity and with them in place you have 311 litres to play with.

Isuzu MU-X Boot space

Isuzu MU-X Engine

All MU-Xs have a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s not a new engine for the MU-X and the power and torque outputs have stayed the same at 140kW and 450Nm.

Isuzu MU-X Interior

The MU-X's interior is comfortable and practical with a more upmarket feel on the top of the range LS-T with its leather upholstery. The MU-X's interior us very similar to the D-max ute it is based on and tends to be less plush than other SUV rivals which don't have commercial vehicle underpinnings. 

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 255x65 R17 for SUV in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 SUV 255x65 R17 255x65 R17
2022 SUV 255x65 R17 255x65 R17
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Isuzu MU-X Wheel Sizes

Isuzu MU-X Speed

The MU-X's 0-100km/h time is about 12 seconds.

Isuzu MU-X Range

The MU-X's range is approximately 950km.