With each day that passes, our long-term test Isuzu D-Max fortifies the belief that bakkies are indeed the near-perfect motoring solution for this country.
Useful, with a wide set of applications, they can carry and tow cargo up to 1-tonne and 3,500kg respectively, this while accommodating a family of five. Or you can fit a canopy and pile in more people.
Their height and robust tyres also mean potholes or pavements don’t stand in the way and if it’s had in 4x4 guise, like our D-Max LSE specification, it brings the element of exploration as you can climb mountains of rock, sail over mud or sand and cross rivers with confidence.
I could have wished for the range-topping V-Cross model, which at R814,700 is a R43,000 step up from the R771,700 LSE 4x4. The V-Cross gets an extra airbag, active cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, high beam assist, auto dim interior mirrors, leather trim as standard, electric lumber support for the driver and black body cladding that makes it 10mm wider than the LSE, but it’s rated with a lesser 970l cargo bay than the 995l of the LSE.