Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines Review: Price, Interior, Spec & More

Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines Review: Price, Interior, Spec & More

Jul 16, 2018

In the market for a stylish and powerful SUV? Mull over the Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines whose exterior, interior, performance and price will get you satisfied.

1. Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines Review: Introduction

As always, the Isuzu MU-X is one of the hot names in local SUV segment. Indisputably, the MU-X has built up an enviable reputation in the Philippines since its first batch in 2013.

Served as a mid-sized SUV, the MU-X comes with a tough stance in order not to mingle with crowds. On top of that, both its on- and off-road performance are worth of admiration owing to a Terrain Command System on 4x4 variants. Following the facelifted D-Max, Isuzu has decided to refresh the MU-X with refinements covering in- and outside. To have a close look at this seasoned SUV, keep reading our Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines review and try not to drool too much while admiring its mesmerizing photos.

isuzu mux 2018 philippines on the road

The Isuzu MU-X is one of the hot names in local SUV segment

2. Isuzu MU-X 2018 Exterior

There are not too many changes on the Isuzu MU-X exterior but all modifications are cool.

Up front, it gets a new-fashioned bumper that has got more mantles at the lower part. The headlamps are also revised with a view to incorporating DRLs and a light signature. At the center is a refreshed grille which creates more creases. Plus, fog lamps are decked with more chrome detailing.

isuzu mux 2018 exterior

Up front, it gets a new bumper that has got more mantles at the lower part

Gazing at the rear, you can easily find that Isuzu has rearranged the taillights with a proud LED strip. Further, old is a full-sized spare wheel inheriting from the predecessor. Meanwhile, side profile is beautified with a bigger set of 18-inch alloys.

isuzu mux 2018 side view

Side profile of the 2018 Isuzu MU-X is beautified with a bigger set of 18-inch alloys

2018 isuzu mux exterior philippines rear view

Gazing at the rear, you can easily find that Isuzu has rearranged the taillights with a proud LED strip

3. Isuzu MU-X 2018 Interior

It is obvious that the 2018 Isuzu MU-X interior is now furnished with more soft-touch bits and features better outward visibility. The bi-tone interior decors are more appealing with higher-quality plastics, soft-touch contact points, artificial wood trims as well as modified seats.

isuzu mux 2018 philippines seating

The Isuzu MU-X cabin is now furnished with more soft-touch components and features better outward visibility

Not only satisfying us with a dynamic and aggressive look, the MU-X is also equipped with comfortable seats to give passengers the best rides, including long ones. The 2nd row can sit 3 adults and the 3rd row can house 2 or 3 kids, albeit not very spacious. Aside from providing enough space for the occupants, the Isuzu-MUX interior also boosts a generous trunk for cargo, especially when folding seats at the 3rd-row down when not in use. That said, when needed, this row of seats do not seem to give your passengers enough space. Added to the cons, sometimes you’ll feel not very comfy because of the shortage of telescopic adjustment in steering column.

isuzu mux 2018 cargo space

The SUV also boosts a generous trunk for cargo, especially when folding seats at the 3rd-row down when not in use

isuzu mux 2018 interior

A massive 8.0” touchscreen draws your attention at the center of the dash

As regards infotainment system, a massive 8.0” touchscreen draws your attention at the center of the dash, which is integrated with text-to-speech navigation and USB link. Like the last gen MU-X, the 2018 model is likewise armed with three 12V outlets, three USB points and ISOFIX anchors.

4. Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines Review: Engine & Performance

4.1. All-new Blue Power Technology Engines

Speaking of the hardware, it would be big fault for skipping Blue Power Technology engines in the new MU-X and D-Max. The new engines not only meet the Euro IV emissions standard, they also deliver max power, better gas mileage and longevity. Specifically, the Blue Power mills can push out 177 PS, 11 PS more than the last power plants, while still preserving a considerable torque of 380 Nm.

isuzu mux 2018 engine bay

It would be big fault for skipping Blue Power Technology engines in the new MU-X

A 7-speed gearbox is offered for both manual and automatic versions. All the trims are given a plastic 65L fuel tank with roll over valve, a standard turbocharger with VGS (Variable Geometry System) together with a new fuel system with common rail direct injection.

4.2. Off-road Performance

We can always complain to the diesel-powered models about its noise and vibration. However, it’s clear-cut that the 2018 Isuzu MU-X is a capable off-roader with a 3.0-liter inline-four turbo diesel engine, a remarkable ground clearance and a RWD system.

isuzu mux 2018 philippines off roading

It’s clear-cut that the 2018 Isuzu MU-X is a capable off-roader

The MU-X’s body rides on a ladder frame chassis supported by 4-wheel driving fans. This chassis is regarded as a steel skeleton for a better level of rigidity and torsional strength.

5. Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines Price

Isuzu MU-X Price Philippines 2018
 Model Price
Isuzu mu-X 2.5 LS 4X2 MT ₱1,318,000
Isuzu mu-X 2.5 LS 4X2 MT (Silky Pearl White) ₱1,328,000
Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS 4x2 MT Blue Power ₱1,395,000
Isuzu mu-X 2.5 LS-A 4x2 MT ₱1,428,000
Isuzu mu-X 2.5 LS-A 4x2 MT (Silky Pearl White) ₱1,438,000
Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS-A 4x2 MT Blue Power ₱1,570,000
Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS-A 4x2 MT Blue Power (Silky Pearl White) ₱1,580,000
Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS-A 4x2 AT Blue Power ₱1,595,000
Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS-A 4x2 AT Blue Power (Silky Pearl White) ₱1,605,000
Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT Blue Power ₱1,845,000
Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT BluePower (Silky Pearl White) ₱1,855,000
Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT Blue Power Luxe ₱1,945,000
Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x4 AT Blue Power ₱2,145,000
Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x4 AT Blue Power (Silky Pearl White) ₱2,155,000

In the Philippines, the Isuzu MU-X cost ranges from P1,318,000 to P2,155,000. With everything it has to offer, it can be concluded that the MU-X is truly worth its price when compared to other competitors in its class.

6. Isuzu MU-X 2018 Specs

Isuzu MU-X2018 Philippines Specs
 Overall
Name Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS 4x2 MT Blue Power
Body Type SUV
Price ₱1,395,000
Transmission Type Manual
Engine & Performance
Engine Size 1.9 L
Displacement 1,898 cc
Number of Cylinders 4
Number of Valves 16
Transmission Category 6-speed manual with gear shift indicator
Power Train Rear Wheel Drive
Max Output (HP) 148 hp @ 3,600 rpm
Max Torque (nm) 350 Nm @ 1,800 rpm
Fuel Type Diesel
Fuel Capacity 65 L
Dimensions
Length 4,825 mm
Width 1,860 mm
Height 1,825 mm
Wheelbase 2,845 mm
Ground Clearance 230 mm
Number of Doors 5
Number of Seats 7
Features & Technology
Wheel Size 16"
Wheels Metal Type Aluminum Alloy
Airconditioning System Manual with Independent Rear Controls
Entertainment System 8-inch touchscreen display with CD, VCD, DVD, Tuner, MP3 via 6 speakers
Connectivity
  • Aux-in
  • Bluetooth
  • iPod
  • USB
  • Wifi
Navigation Ready Yes
Keyless Entry No
Roof Rack No
Sunroof No
Electric Adjustable Seats No
Power Steering Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Outlet Yes
Steering Wheel Audio Control No
Active Park Assist No
Hill Start Assist Yes
Safety Features
  • Driver's Airbag
  • Front Passenger's Airbag
  • ABSStability Control
  • Electronic Door Locks
  • Speed Sensing Door Locks
  • ISOFIX

7. Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines: Pros & Cons

Isuzu MU-X 2018 Pros & Cons
Pros
  • New potent engine
  • Appealing exterior design
  • Advanced safety features
  • 3 engine variants on offer
Cons
  • The top end trim is fairly expensive
  • The 1.9L engine model lacks AWD system.

8. Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines Review: Verdict

After all, is this Isuzu MU-X 2018 Philippines review is convincing enough to make you put it in your wishlist? If you’re seeking for a great 7-seat SUV, seriously take this model into consideration. We believe that with new updates for 2018, the Isuzu-MUX will certainly continue strengthening its position in SUV segment, not only in the Philippines but global market.

isuzu mux 2018 philippines and family

We believe that with new updates for 2018, the Isuzu-MUX will certainly continue strengthening its position in SUV segment

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