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Isuzu MU-X 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Mar 07 2020 Share this blog

Marking product success with D-Max and V-Cross in India, Isuzu tried offering models in the SUV category as well. Back in 2017, Isuzu came up with MU-X SUV as a replacement for MU-7 SUV that was launched in early 2013. Just one year later in 2018, Isuzu updated the MU-X SUV. The facelifted MU-X offers redesigned headlamps, bumpers, and 18-inch large wheels, along with added interior features. The company had to do this serious facelift as the segment is already dominated by some better players like Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, and Mahindra Alturas G4. 


What Will Impress You?

  • Spacious cabin

  • Sporty design layout

  • Good ride comfort

  • Premium interior features

What Won't?

  • Noisy engine

  • Heavy steering

In how many variants is the 2020 Isuzu MU-X offered in?

The 2020 MU-X SUV comes with a single 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine powered variants with two drivetrain options: Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. The RWD version is priced at INR 27,34,834 (ex-showroom, Delhi) whereas the four-wheel-drive MU-X is priced at INR 29,31,534. All the features in both the options remain similar.  

Trims

MU-X 4*2 AT

MU-X 4*4 AT

Engine

3.0-Litre turbo diesel, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve


3.0-Litre turbo diesel, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve


Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs. 27,34,834

Rs.29,31,534

Features

Bi-LED Auto-levelling projector headlamps with DRLs

Bi-LED Auto-levelling projector headlamps with DRLs



18 inch multi spoke diamond cut alloy wheel



18 inch multi spoke diamond cut alloy wheel



7 inch touch screen infotainment system

7 inch touch screen infotainment system


10 inch roof mounted entertainment screen

10 inch roof mounted entertainment screen



Anti skid brake system( ABS) with EBD



Anti skid brake system( ABS) with EBD



Six airbags

Six airbags


Passive Entry and start System

Passive Entry and start System


6-way Power adjustable driver seat

6-way Power adjustable driver seat


3D Electra-luminescent Meter with MID

3D Electra-luminescent Meter with MID


Cabin cooling vents for all three rows

Cabin cooling vents for all three rows


Steering mounted Audio and Cruise control

Steering mounted Audio and Cruise control


Roof-mounted Sound system with ‘Live Surround Sound’

Roof-mounted Sound system with ‘Live Surround Sound’

Which trim should you go for?

The Isuzu MU-X is available in single diesel engine option. All you get is a choice between rear wheel drive and four wheel drive versions. Both the trims get similar features and come loaded with six airbags, ESC and hill-start assist. Compared to its costlier rivals, the MU-X misses on some features like automatic headlights and wipers. 

What is the source of firepower in 2020 Isuzu MU-X?

In terms of engine displacement, the Isuzu MU-X holds the largest one with 2999 cc, followed by Fortuner’s 2.8-litre. Being having the highest displacement, The MU-X engine is at par with Fortuner’s engine. The MU-X delivers a power output of 177 PS and a peak torque of 380 Nm. The torque offered by the MU-X is least here and no matter rivals offer better torque figures. The transmission duties are carried out by a five-speed automatic gearbox. The transmission is smooth for maintaining city commuting duty. 

Models

Isuzu MU-X

Ford Endeavour Titanium Plus

Toyota Fortuner 2.8 4WD AT

Mahindra Alturas G4 4WD

Price

Rs.29,31,534

Rs. 33,25,000

Rs. 33,95,000

Rs. 30,70,000

Engine (Diesel)

3.0-Litre turbo diesel, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC

2.2L 4-cylinder

2.8L 4-cylinder

2.2L 4-cylinder

Power(PS)

177@ 3600 RPM

160@ 3200 RPM

175@3400 RPM

178@4000 RPM

Torque(Nm)

380@1800-2800 RPM

385@1600-2500RPM

420@1400 RPM

420@1600 RPM

Transmission

5-speed AT

6-speed MT

6-speed MT

7-speed AT

 Comparatively, the Fortuner’s engine is not so strong. The 2.8-litre engine is a bit noisy even at an idle state. However, the SUV comes with paddle shifters that somehow make the overall driving experience smooth and pleasant. 

How quick is this mammoth of an SUV from 0-100 kmph?

The MU-X SUV performed quite well in the performance test. It is capable of sprint 0 to 100 kmph in 12.57 seconds. As far as in-gear acceleration is concerned, the SUV takes 7.51 second to cover 20-80kmph. The acceleration figures are decent compared to rivals with slightly lighter engines. 

Models

Isuzu MU-X

Ford Endeavour

Toyota Fortuner

Mahindra Alturas G4

Diesel 

3.0L

2.2L

2.8L

2.2L

0-100 kmph (seconds)

12.57 Secs

11.22 Secs

12.02 Secs

11.24 Secs

Petrol 

N/A

N/A

2.7L

N/A

0-100kmph (seconds)

N/A

N/A

13 Secs

N/A

How well does the 2020 Isuzu MU-X carry its bulk around Indian roads?

As far as the ride and handling is concerned, the MU-X SUV is made to encounter any kind of road. With the fat tyres, ladder frame and suspension, the SUC absorbs incoming bumps from potholes and uneven roads. Provided its 2.1-tonne mass, the Isuzu goes well around corner but isn’t accurate for sudden direction changes. The steering is heavy and makes you feel cumbersome while traversing around the city. 

How sure-footed are the brakes on the 2020 Isuzu MU-X?

The MU-X SUV offers good bite from its brakes. The rubber is wide enough to provide a good grip. The SUV stands tall on 18-inch wheels that offer good traction while cornering or sudden direction change. The braking is also backed by features like ABS and EBD. 

Models

Isuzu MU-X

Ford Endeavour

Toyota Fortuner

Mahindra Alturas G4

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

 

How fuel-efficient is this tank of an SUV?

The 3.0-litre turbocharged engine still feels old school but the 5-speed automatic transmission offers quick gearshifts. As you push the throttle, the engine goes eager to engage itself in the highest gear possible at the particular rpm. The MU-X SUV returns a decent 7.8 kmpl in the city and 12.31 kmpl on the highway. With a fuel tank capacity of 65 litres, the driving range is also well settled. 

Models

Isuzu MU-X

Ford Endeavour

Toyota Fortuner

Mahindra Alturas G4

Mileage (kmpl)

13.8

12.6

15.04

12.35

Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)

65

80

80

70

Range (km)

N/A

1008

1120

864

How huge is the road presence of the 2020 Isuzu MU-X in terms of looks?


In the MU-X facelift, you get to see the sharp front fascia, thanks to LEd headlamps and repositioned daytime running light. The major change has been made to the wheels as the SUV stands tall on razor-cut style 18-inch alloy wheels, making the SUVs stance more aggressive. At the rear, you get redesigned taillights, shark-fin antenna, and a dual-tone spoiler. All in all, the MU-X exterior has retained its large SUV ethics. 

Models

Isuzu MU-X

Ford Endeavour

Toyota Fortuner

Mahindra Alturas G4

Kerb Weight (kg)

2750

2390

1855-2110

N/A

Length (mm)

4825

4903

4795

4850

Width (mm)

1860

1869

1855

1960

Height (mm)

1840

1837

1835

1845

Ground Clearance (mm)

220

225

220

N/A

Wheelbase (mm)

2845

2850

2745

2865

Comparatively, the MU-X does not possess muscular stance like the Endeavour but it has improved with its larger 18-inch wheels consistently.  The 2018 update has surely brought more character to Isuzu’s design. The brand has ensured that the MU-X reflects a neat design among its rivals. 

Exterior Features

  • Eagle-inspired sharp & muscular exterior design

  • Bi-LED projector headlamps with auto-levelling

  • LED rear position lamps

  • Sharp & sleek headlamp & taillamp design

  • Recessed front fog lamps with chrome garnish

  • LED Day-time Running Lights (DRL) & light guide integrated in headlamps

  • Two-tone metallic grey-body coloured front & rear bumpers

  • Multi-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels

  • Double slat chrome radiator grille

  • Chrome door handles

  • Chrome tailgate garnish

  • Chrome fold-in power door mirrors with integrated turn indicators

  • Aluminium side steps

  • Shark-fin antenna with gun-metal finish

  • Wrap-around rear glass - quarter glass & rear windshield

  • Roof rails (max. load capacity 60 kg)

  • Dual-tone rear spoiler

How spacious is the inside of 2020 Isuzu MU-X?

The all-black interior hasn’t changed much although there are some more features added as standard. The dashboard gets soft-touch padding that makes it look more premium. However, the silver add-ons around the centre console aren’t pleasing to the eyes at all. No matter the plastic used is durable but it fails to add balance to the Isuzu’s cabin, keeping the price range in mind. 


Moving to the second-row seats, you’ll be happy with the space offered across knee and head. The seats are comfortable and offer good cushioning. As for the third-row seats, it is certainly not made to accommodate adults. For storage, you get a bottle holder on all the doors, two glove boxes, and lots of cup holders. 

Model

Isuzu MU-X

Ford Endeavour

Toyota Fortuner

Mahindra Alturas G4

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Similar to the Alturas, Isuzu MUx’s middle row seats don’t slide back and fail to make extra room. Still, looking at the proportion, the interior is spacious but not class-best. The Fortuner makes few points here with a firm touch middle-row seating that actually feels good. Also, the seats can be pushed back to make extra room for 6ft tall occupants. 


Interior Features:

  • Twin-cockpit ergonomic interior design

  • Sporty lava black interior with silver highlights

  • Luxurious quilted soft leather seats 

  • Soft pad on all side door armrests, door trims & front floor console armrest

  • Premium finish dashboard with soft-touch panels

  • Leather wrapped steering wheel

  • Piano black finish on gear shift bezel

  • Chrome finish on side doors inner levers, gear shift bezel, front console cup holders & air vent knobs

  • Bright silver finish on shift-on-the-fly 4x4 knob*, steering, auto AC console & IP center console

  • Premium Barleycorn Guilloche finish on door inserts

  • Front anatomically designed bucket seats

  • 6-way power adjustable driver seat

  • 60:40 split 2nd row seats with fold away centre arm rest

  • One-touch fold & tumble 2nd row seats

  • 50:50 split-fold 3rd row seats

  • One-touch fold 3rd row seats

  • Flat-fold 2nd & 3rd row seats

  • Adjustable headrests for all seats, including centre seat

What is there with the Infotainment system?

The MU-X gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is slow to user inputs and outdated. The infotainment misses on some tech areas like smartphone mirroring. However, the 8-speaker setup is good for generating a good amount of sound inside the cabin. 

Infotainment Features:

  • Integrated 17.8 cm (7 inch) touchscreen entertainment system with DVD/CD/USB/MP3/FM/AM/AUX compatibility, with iPod, Bluetooth phone & audio streaming

  • “Live Surround Sound” roof-mounted sound system with 8 speakers (front dash, front doors, rear doors and roof)

How much luggage can this Skoda carry?


The middle seat can be folded in a 60:40 split, making it convenient for more space. The MU-X SUV offers a boot space of 235 litres behind the third-row seat. Both the second and third-row seating can be folded for extra space. Although, the cabin is spacious and airy enough to keep your extra stuff in several storage spaces and cup-holders across the cabin. 

Models

Isuzu MU-X

Ford Endeavour

Toyota Fortuner

Mahindra Alturas G4

Boot Capacity (litres)

235

450

296

240

What are the safety features available in 2020 Isuzu MU-X?

When it comes to safety, the Isuzu MU-X is not an SUV to forget. The SUV offers safety features like ABS, Electronic stability control, hill start assist, and traction control as standard. Also, six airbags across the cabin ensure all-round protection to the driver and occupants. The cabin also gets grab-handles mounted on the driver and third-row seats as well, obviously for off-roading purpose. 

Safety Features:

  • 4-Channel 4-Sensor Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

  • 300 mm Front Ventilated Disc Brakes with Twin-pot Calipers

  • 318 mm Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

  • Traction Control System (TCS)

  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)

  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)

  • 6 Airbags : Driver, front passenger, front side and full length curtain

  • Pre-tensioners with load limiters for front seat belts

  • 3-point retractable seat belts for all seating positions

  • Emergency locking retractor (ELR) for all seat belts

  • 3 ISOFIX childseat anchorage for 2nd row seats

  • Automatic door lock release on airbag deployment

  • High tensile steel body construction with tailor-welded blanks

  • Anti-intrusion bars inside side doors

  • Child-proof rear door locks

  • Rear parking assist camera

  • Engine immobilizer

  • Anti-theft alarm system

  • Driver & passenger seat belt warning

  • Audible & visual headlight-ON & parking light-ON warning

Isuzu MU-X Head-to-Head Competition Check

Isuzu MU-X VS Ford Endeavour


Ford Endeavour was introduced in India back in 2016 with a muscular exterior paired with a stylish cabin to stand against the competition. Based on a new ladder frame chassis, the Endy does a good job with off-roading as well. The Endeavour is powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.2-litre five-cylinder mill with six-speed AT. The MU-X does offer similar performance with 3.0-litre powermill, but it is no match to the aggressive 197bhp 3.2-litre variant of the Endeavour. The Endeavour holds a massive road presence while the Isuzu offer a subtle look. The only thing that works for Isuzu MU-X is its pricing. 


Isuzu MU-X VS Toyota Fortuner 


Toyota Fortuner has been doing well in the market for a while. The flagship Toyota has been growing in the Indian market with time. It has successfully made an impact on SUV buyers in India. The Fortuner is gifted with a muscular stance and a reliable engine. Meanwhile, the MU-X looks rather simple and clean, compared to the smart Fortuner. The 3.0-litre in the MU-X produces firepower almost similar to the 2.8-litre of the Fortuner but offers five-speed AT instead of six-speed in the latter. The MU-X again scores brownie points for its attractive pricing against Fortuner’s price tag. Moreover, the Fortuner is in need of upgrade since it has been two years now. 

Final Verdict

Having a closer look at all the factors of Isuzu MU-X, we found that the facelift has more appeal than the pre-facelift model. The SUV offers good value for money in the segment, as it still comes at a lesser price than the Fortuner and the mighty Endeavour. Although, Isuzu still needs to attend to some engine-related issues in order to attract buyers attention. All said, the Isuzu MU-X is the cheapest of the lot and offers a decent ride quality along with a spacious cabin. 

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