This week my family and I were heading up the north coast of NSW for our summer holiday, and I needed a big car to fit everything in. Enter the Isuzu MU-X. A large seven seat 4WD that looks as tough as it sounds.

I test drove the MU-X LS-T 4×4 which is at the top of a range of three grades. It costs $54,990 drive-away and competes with cars like the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Toyota Fortuner.

The MU-X definitely looks like it means business, and that it can handle almost anything, That’s what the exterior is telling you.

There’s nothing refined or sophisticated about the MU-X, with a large, bullish front end and square-ish back end. Could they have done better? Most certainly, but it’s not a car you’re buying for looks. This car is about functionality and doing a job. Looks don’t come into the equation.

The inside is a little more stylish, but you still feel as though the car is built with the purpose of going off-road, with the intent to power through whatever mud you can sling at it.

Hence the plastic-y finishes around the dash and doors, the leather-ish seats that will wipe clean, and the functional centre console area with a satisfyingly large dial for changing the air temperature. All this is quite well put together, so you feel good sitting in it.

To take away on a long road trip, the Isuzu MU-X served my family and I well this week. It was really solid on the drive and happiest on the open road.

It was big enough to fit everything we needed for a week long holiday, including the puppy crate, and while it’s not the most stylish vehicle in town, it certainly looks like it’s meant to be tough. Fuel consumption is not bad but I would still like to see a hybrid option.

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