2015 Isuzu D-Max Fury 2.5TD Double Cab 4×4 Manual – Long-Term Test & Review – Update #1

Isuzu D-Max Fury in field

Introduction to the Isuzu D-Max Fury

With winter approaching, Isuzu loaned Car Products Tested.com the new D-Max Fury for an extended six-month long-term test period. I’ll be writing these updates as separate posts, so please keep checking the site and/or links I’ve put to the other updates.

The Fury is a special edition version of Isuzu’s popular D-Max pick-up truck. As a bit of background, the D-Max itself won the 2014 and 2015 ‘Pick-Up Truck of the Year’ prize at the commercial fleet awards, and ‘Best Trade Pick-Up’ in the 2015 Trade Van Driver Awards.

2015 Isuzu D-Max Fury

Isuzu also sell the D-Max with an impressive 5-year / 125,000-mile warranty, which makes it tempting if you’re going to be running one for a good while.

Released in 2015, the Fury has a spec level based on the D-Max Eiger version, which we tested in early 2013. However, buying the Fury edition makes sense because you actually save about £2,000 should you have bought the accessories separately.

Isuzu D-Max Fury side view

So, what does the D-Max Fury have which makes it special? Firstly, you’ll notice the eye-poppingly bright Magma Red paintwork – unique to the Fury. Contrasting that nicely are the good looking 17-inch gunmetal grey alloy wheels, dark metallic grey front grille with huge red Isuzu badge, plus Cosmic Black tailgate and door handles, black rear bumper and gunmetal side steps.

In the cabin, the gear knob and steering wheel have red stitching to match the exterior paintwork, as well as unique Fury floor mats. A final extra includes the hugely handy reverse camera, which is cleverly built into the rear view mirror. The Fury comes with cloth upholstery, but there’s the option of either black leather at just over £1,000 (including VAT), or the stand-out red and black Fury edition leather pack for an extra £1,590 over the normal price.

Isuzu D-Max Fury interior floor mats

The latter of those is clearly the one to go for as you’re basically saving £600 and still get leather seats. However, unfortunately that signature red and black upholstery is limited to just 100 Fury edition models. You might be lucky and find one for sale still, but if you’re reading this article and want it, get on the phone now. I think it’ll certainly add to the value of the D-Max when it comes to resale time too.

Because this is essentially a special version based on the Eiger (which is the base model of Isuzu’s ‘Premium’ range), there’s a lot of accessories and extras that you don’t get on the more expensive models at the top end of the range, such as leather upholstery, heated seats, cruise control, a premium centre console, 8-speakers and sat nav, plus other stuff.

A full spec list of what you get on the D-Max Fury is available on the Isuzu website, and I’ll also include a specs box on the updates too (see bottom of page).

Do you own a D-Max, or have questions about one? Feel free to leave a comment using the box below the article!

Update 1: 23rd November (2015) – 2nd January (2016)

Total vehicle milage at start: 2,451 | Test milage this update: 1,084 | Average (UK) mpg: 32 – 35 mpg

Anything gone wrong? On delivery, rear windscreen heater fuse blown & screen washer pipe unattached one side. Both simple fixes completed in 10 minutes.

Read update #2 here!

When the Isuzu D-Max Fury arrived, first impressions from the exterior are good. The Isuzu D-Max is definitely one of the toughest-looking pick up trucks on the UK market today, with bold styling, masculine lines and an overall rugged appearance.

The D-Max is a few years old now, after it took over from the Isuzu Rodeo in 2012/13, and whilst rivals are launching newer generations of their trucks for 2015/16, the D-Max may be slightly behind, but the styling continues to look great, and fits in with how a pick up truck should look

Isuzu D-Max Fury off road field

While I’m immediately impressed with the resilient styling, the special edition Fury also means the D-Max does more than simply appear as a utilitarian work vehicle, by adding a sporty, dynamic angle that will certainly appeal to those that want a vehicle for both work and personal use.

Take a look at the photos, and you’ll notice that this particular Fury has a load of accessories on that you don’t have on the normal version, and they certainly make it look like a very cool truck, and add another dimension of aggressiveness. Isuzu have a huge range of accessories to fit to the D-max, and it’s worth having a look if you already own one. All of these mentioned below are available to buy either on the Isuzu website, or through your local dealership, where you could have them professionally fitted.

Isuzu D-Max Fury

First off, you’ll probably notice the massive lights attached to the black style/sports bar (which costs around £567.00) just behind the cab. These are intensely bright LED lamps, with the larger Lazer LED ST-8 lamp kit up top, and slightly smaller Lazer LED ST4 versions fitted behind the front bumper. More on those another time.

Take a peek underneath, and you’ll see the aggressive-looking Isuzu Motorsport Under Armour, which is metal plating designed to protected the underneath of the engine and transmission. Around to the rear, and again there’s more Under Armour protecting the rear differential casing. Essential for when it gets really tough off road.

Covering the truck’s bed is a Roll ‘N’ Lock Cover, which retails at £1,3o8 inc. VAT and fitment. This serves to not only keep your gear hidden and secure, but it also stays pretty much waterproof under there, save for a couple of wet patches after really heavy rain, or after washing the vehicle.

Open the cover and instead of the usual plastic/rubberised bed liner there’s a tough, heavy duty BedRug carpet (around £462.00 inc. VAT & fitting) lining the floor, sides and tailgate. A feature that may seem insignificant, but is entire useful is the gas strut on the tailgate. These things are properly weighty, and they normal fall open with a bang, but the little gas strut means it drops down into place softly. A small point perhaps, but it’s actually a great thing to have.

Isuzu D-Max Fury steering wheel

Inside, our long-term D-Max Fury benefits from an upgraded multi-media system; in place of the standard double-din version there’s a rather excellent 6.1″ Pioneer multi-media touchscreen system (includes DAB/USB/CD/Mirrorlink/AVICSYNC app connectivity and satellite navigation) with a 6.1″ touchscreen, which is pricy at £1,136, but it’s such a good system that it’s worth stumping up the extra cash. More on that in another update.

After wandering around the Isuzu and taking in the visual impact of all the neat add-ons, it’s time to have a look at the cabin. As mentioned, this Fury has the limited-edition red and black leather seating, and the general consensus from myself and the passengers I’ve had is that it looks fantastic, and really suits that bold exterior colour.

Isuzu D-Max Fury red and black leather interior

A vivid red and black colour scheme doesn’t always suit a car – as I found with the Range Rover Evoque Dynamic – but Isuzu have pulled it off nicely, and it goes a long way to brightening up what otherwise would have been a rather dull grey/black cabin.

The leather seems to be good quality too, and looks like it’d last the test of time well, should you be jumping in and out of it on a daily basis. I have it for six months, so I’ll check for any wear and tear over the test period.

Isuzu D-Max Fury rear seats

If I’m honest, should I have gone to look at the Fury and seen it had standard black cloth seats, I would’ve been disappointed. As said, the D-Max’s interior can look drab as the primary colours of the trim pieces are grey, and while black leather seats wouldn’t have brightened things up much, it at least looks a little more classy.

Here’s the thing, we’re seeing more and more pick up trucks being used for everyday vehicles, rather than simply being a workhorse, and with that people want more refinement. With the Fury’s cool paint job, side steps and smart alloys, it’s exactly the type in the D-Max range that would be bought as a personal vehicle, and at the least to double as a work truck.

Isuzu D-Max Fury interior features

And because of that, and the fact that it’s a special edition, I think the Fury should have come with leather seating as standard, not as an option. However, it’s priced well, and so that you can afford to add it on should you want to. Personally, I would, to benefit it in both the looks and saleability departments.

The D-Max gets the same engine and power output across the range; a diesel-powered 2.5 litre, in-line 4-cylinder, 16-valve, DOHC twin-turbo unit, with 160 bhp (163PS) produced at 3,600 rpm, and 295 lb ft (400Nm) of maximum torque is available between 1,400 and 2,000 rpm. Our tester also has the six-speed manual transmission.

On start up, the 2.5 turbo-diesel isn’t the quietest of motors, but it fires into life without hesitation, and idles without sending much vibration through the cab. Although it’s a little more agricultural than I’d like, it also sounds strangely smooth (for a 4-pot diesel) when revved up, and there’s something about it that gives off a reassuringly strong, reliable vibe too.

As with most pick up trucks, power is sent through rear wheels, but there’s also four wheel drive available via a controller, where you can select from either 4 High or 4 Low. I’ll go over these properly a future update.

Isuzu D-Max Fury steering wheel and dash

Between myself and another test driver, we’ve covered just over 1,000 miles for this first update, and it’s been used for roads and journeys of every sort, giving us a good idea of what we have to live with for the next five months now.

Initial notes are that around town, thankfully the clutch is light enough to be used without discomfort, even in heavy commuting traffic. The ride is firmer than I remember, but I kind of expected it with what is essentially a works vehicles.

Isuzu D-Max Fury front angle

We’ve also used it for a fair few motorway drives, and we both agree that the D-Max actually makes for a decent cruiser, with a long sixth gear making for around just under 2,000 rpm at 70 mph, and just over that at eighty. Wind and road noise isn’t too bad at all either.

The Isuzu has been used for a couple of runs to the tip, with one being a three-seat sofa plus a load of old junk piled on. The optional BedRug carpet in the bed proved itself handy, by making sure the sofa etc didn’t slide about on the way there. Oh, and there were plenty of stares at the D-Max Fury when I was unloading it. Unsurprising really, as it stands out from the crowd.

Isuzu D-Max Fury loaded up for a trip to the dump

So, has anything gone wrong with the truck this period? On delivery, I noticed a couple of things immediately: firstly, the washer jets wouldn’t work, which we traced to pipe coming uncoupled under the cowling. After peeling it back enough to get my hands in, it was a simple case of pushing it back on.

Isuzu D-Max Fury windscreen washer pipe

The rear heated windscreen wasn’t working either, but I quick guess proved right, as it was simply a blown fuse. However, the fuse was a chunky 30 amp type, and not as easy to get hold of on a Saturday afternoon. A bit of detective work, and I realised that there was the same 30A in the slot for the heated seats, which aren’t on this D-Max anyway. A quick swap of that, and it’s fixed, with no further problems.

Isuzu D-Max Fury rear window fuse

Isuzu D-Max Fury heated rear window

Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook accounts for photos and info about the D-Max Fury, and what we’re using it for, between updates.

Read update #2 here!

Model (as tested) 2015 Isuzu D-Max Fury 2.5TD Double Cab 4×4 Manual
Standard spec includes  Fury-specific Magma Red paint, 17″dark grey alloy wheels, dark grey metallic front grille, gun-metal grey aero side steps, cosmic black door mirrors, handles & rear tailgate handle, black rear bumper, daytime running lights, gas-strut on tailgate, remote locking, Fury-branded carpets, leather steering wheel & gear gaiter with red stitching. TECH: Reverse camera in rear view mirror, air conditioning, heated & power folding side mirrors, front & rear power windows, four speakers (front only), double DIN CD/CRS radio with iPod/USB/Bluetooth connections
Safety ABS + ESC + TCS, Front, side and curtain airbags, Security etched glass, Three-point rear seatbelts, Remote central locking, Door-open warning light, Height-adjustable front seatbelts, Insurance approved immobiliser, Locking wheel nuts
Options fitted  (prices include VAT & fitting) Lazer LED ST-8 lamp kit on top bar (£919.80), Lazer LED ST4 lamp kit in grille (£559.80) Forge bash guard under front engine (£747.00), Forge rear diff guard (£339.00), Roll ‘N’ Lock Cover (approx. £1,357), heavy duty BedRug carpet (around £385.00), Pioneer multi-media system with a 6.1″ touchscreen (£1,116), Black Rear Sports Bar (£417.00) Fury edition red & black Fury leather, limited to 100, (add £1,590 to truck price)
Off-road information  Ground clearance: 235 mm (9.25″) | Approach angle: 30.0˚ | Departure angle: 23.0˚ | Ramp angle: 22.0˚ | Wading depth: 500mm (20″)
Price (not inc. options)  (correct Jan. 2016) Inc. VAT: £23,999 | Exc VAT: £19,999
Engine  Diesel, 2.5 litres, 4-cylinders (in-line), 16-valves, twin-turbo, DOHC, CRDi, Euro Stage 5
Power, Torque  Power: 160 bhp (163PS) @ 3,600 rpm | 295 lb ft (400Nm) @ 1,400 and 2,000 rpm
Drive, Gears (as tested)  Rear wheel drive & selectable 4WD (4 High/4 Low) | 6-speed manual
Towing capacity, truck bed payload, bed dimensions  Towing: Braked: 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs) | Unbraked: 750 kg (1,653 lbs) | Bed payload: 1,072 kgs (2,363 lbs) | Bed dimensions: 1,552 x 1,530 x 465 mm
Top Speed, 0 – 60 mph, Euro NCAP  Max speed: 112 mph | 0 – 62 mph: Not stated | Euro NCAP rating: 4/5 stars
Fuel economy (UK mpg), CO2  Urban: 31.7, Extra urban: 44.1, Combined: 38.7 | CO2: 192 g/km
Weight (kerb)  1,978 kgs (4,361lbs)
Websites  Isuzu UK

Words: Chris Davies | Photography: Chris Davies

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