Isuzu - more than a workhorse

2017-12-12 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe Isuzu 4x4 double cab.

PHOTO: suppliedThe Isuzu 4x4 double cab.

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THE Isuzu KB300 4x4 double cab is proof that Isuzu is much more than a workhorse. With a more striking design, safety features and a technology boost, this bakkie’s appeal has definitely increased.

I am a big fan of the X-Rider and thoroughly enjoyed the rugged experienced that it offered. I did not think I would enjoy driving the 4x4 bakkie as much as I did. In the driver’s seat you would be convinced that you were driving any luxury vehicle and not necessarily an Isuzu – for me this would definitely appeal to a family with kids as they have also improved on comfort.

At first I was a bit intimidated with clutch and gears but it took all of five seconds to get ‘shifting’. It is one of the easiest bakkies to drive, but I can be biased as I grew up with Isuzu bakkies.

At first glance, you will know you are looking at an Isuzu, but you will look again because the design has been enhanced. Without a doubt, I never thought I would speak about fuel consumption driving a 4x4, but this vehicle’s consumption is worth raving about. On average (long distance and short) the consumption was 8L/100km. On the long distance, on the drive from Durban to Stanger, the vehicle’s consumption was 7.8L/100km. To me this is pretty impressive as it is difficult to get this type of consumption from little cars.

The interior for me was on a whole other level as it seems as if Isuzu went back to the drawing board and paid special attention to the 21st century driver. The KB300 has a stop/start button, and you receive a warm welcome from the dash display for the driver – literally. The state-of-the-art technology includes a touch screen radio, multimedia player and navigation. The design is finished and complemented with leather seats and ample storage space all over the bakkie.

In terms of comfort – there has been an improvement in the back seat. It comfortably seats three and if you are travelling with four others plus driver, then there will be little need to ‘stretching the legs’ breaks.

I have never been a fan of the 4x4 experience, but I have watched the Isuzu in action and while it is clear time and effort has been gone into the design of the bakkie, the manufacturers did not lose focus on what Isuzu is known for – performance.

It is still very much a workhorse with power that you will not believe. There is no incline or road in Durban that proved difficult for this bakkie with five people and a load in the bin. Road handling is some of the worst weather the city has experienced is excellent, and you would not doubt the safety of your family in one of these vehicles.

I was extremely grateful for the hill assist and reverse camera as I sometimes have to make an ‘extra effort’ driving big vehicles, but the Isuzu KB 300 and me are a perfect partnership.

The KB300 double-cab 4x4 is available from R549 800.

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