Sprint Review: 2021 Isuzu D-Max 250 Double-Cab X-Rider

Are you thinking of buying a new double-cab bakkie? Well, you have my sincere and undivided sympathy.

You should know: Bakkie manufacturers try to cater for everyone’s tastes these days so beside their single-cab, flat-bed, rear-wheel drive models, they also offer the bizarrely-named king- or super-cabs, as well as double cabs, 4WD, Manual, Automatic, big engine, small engine, plus any and every special edition they can design stickers for.

More info: Isuzu is no different and – glossing over that whole new model which apparently just arrived – this generation of their rustic D-Max pick-up trucks can be had in dozens and dozens of configurations. The one you’re looking at here is a red 2021 Isuzu D-Max 250 Double Cab 4×4 X-Rider. Manual.

What else? So, if you found some new-old stock, or you’re possibly eyeing a dealership demo, this model retails for around R595,000 and is powered by a rather noisy 2.5L 4-pot turbo-diesel with, umm, somewhat ponderous performance: 0-100km/h took us about 13.6 seconds while – did you know this – the automatic version is half a second faster.

Why you shouldn’t: Buying an outgoing model isn’t great for resale intentions and, as mentioned above, this is one of the more farm-bakkie-like double cabs out there. The ride, handling, steering, power, cabin and key fob are all from a different time while its infotainment system is OK, I guess. Sufficient.

Why you should: Outgoing models are perfectly ripened and generally cheaper. There’s also joy to be found in out-dated but simple(r) things, so if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want lane warning or swoopy LED blinkers in your bakkie, I suggest you race down to your nearest Isuzu dealer immediately to bag yourself the last of these old but dependable dinosaurs!


Engine:2,499cc i-4 turbo-diesel
Transmission:5-speed Manual, selectable 4WD
Max. Power:100kW
Max. Torque:320Nm
Avg. cons.:Claimed 7.9L/100km
0-100km/h:13.61 seconds (2018 model)
Top Speed:No claim
List Price:R593,900  

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