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Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Review: Can Withstand Blows From Toyota Hilux? IN PICS

With lifestyle vehicle space finally picking up some pace, the Isuzu V-Cross' name kept buzzing in our minds. Eventually, we spent some time with it to find out if it makes sense to buy it now. 

Isuzu V-Cross Review

1/8
Isuzu V-Cross Review

Isuzu V-Cross is a name of high-order when the argument is all about cars with x-factor. The robust road presence is a strong trademark of the V-Cross, which makes it attract a lot of eyeballs. Although the face isn't very upright, the muscular wheel arches make it look huge if nothing else.

Isuzu V-Cross Review

2/8
Isuzu V-Cross Review

The rear end proudly displays robust metalwork, featuring a prominent "ISUZU" emblem. The taillights complement the sleek design of the sweptback headlights.

Isuzu V-Cross Review

3/8
Isuzu V-Cross Review

This behemoth rides on 18-inch rims, shod with 255-section tyres that have a chunky sidewall. The ride is resultantly cushy, and the tyres are good at aiding grip on slippery surfaces.

Isuzu V-Cross Review

4/8
Isuzu V-Cross Review

Modelling behind the fierce-looking face is a 2.0L turbo-diesel with a variable geometry turbocharger. It produces 163 horses and 350 Nm through a 6-speed gearbox to wheels. The engine-transmission assortment is tuned to guarantee grunt all the time. The weight of the truck, however, restricts its swiftness after 120 kmph, where it can cruise all day long. The 4x4 mechanicals are strong, and thus, the V-Cross can trot on unpaved surfaces.

Isuzu V-Cross Review

5/8
Isuzu V-Cross Review

Upon entering, your immediate inclination is likely to request Isuzu for the new-generation V-Cross, already available in select South-East Asian markets. While the dashboard is sturdily assembled, it's hard to overlook the fact that the design now appears a decade old. Intriguingly, the prioritization of form over function may strengthen your decision to make a purchase.

Isuzu V-Cross Review

6/8
Isuzu V-Cross Review

The instrument console is an archaic piece of gear. The MID is backlit and old-school but has enough information on offer. The steering wheel is large and chunky. It also carries weight all the time, and therefore, managing the V-Cross in traffic is quite cumbersome.

Isuzu V-Cross Review

7/8
Isuzu V-Cross Review

The rear bench on the Isuzu V-Cross is wide. Wide to the extent that even a full-grown adult can take a nap here when needed. The legroom is on par with SUVs of this size and none would ever complain of space, but the seat being upright raises concerns on long journeys.

Isuzu V-Cross Review

8/8
Isuzu V-Cross Review

Addressing the ultimate question of choosing it over the Hilux, the V-Cross with its 4x4 variants kicks off at Rs 27.87 lakh and beyond, presenting a more budget-friendly option, especially with substantial dealer-level discounts. It stands as a capable truck comparable to the Hilux, yet the latter emerges as a slightly more contemporary alternative to the V-Cross. In conclusion, the V-Cross proves itself as a capable vehicle, delivering excellent value for the investment it commands.