With the country in the grip of the record-breaking 2008 snowfall-fest - the most prolific winter weather in 18 years - the rough, tough and ultra-capable Isuzu Rodeo Denver headed deep into the fearsome forest tracks and the wilderness of 'Killer Kielder' Forest: England's largest man-made woodland.
The new 136 PS and 294 Nm torque 2.5-litre commonrail diesel engine, with its variable vane turbo technology, offers class-leading fuel economy (which Isuzu recently demonstrated; with a run from John o'Groats to Land's End, over 800 miles, on one tank of diesel) and brilliant on, and off-road performance.
Practicality is the Isuzu Rodeo's ace card, with each of the vehicles in the range offering a class-leading 3000 kg towload capability, huge 800+ mile fuel range and 38.2 mpg fuel economy, user-friendly, tough, simple-to-operate driver controls and flexible, accessible performance, grip and driveability. Then factor in Isuzu's hard-fought reputation for bomb-proof reliability, its tax breaks as a commercial vehicle and its genuine off-road ability and on-road manners and you start to realise why the Isuzu Rodeo range is such a popular choice - for farmers, families and foresters alike.
Switching from rear-wheel drive to four-wheel drive high ratio mode is available on the move, up to 60 mph, with a user-friendly dash selection button. Low ratio four-wheel drive is also selected in a matter of seconds, whilst stationary, via the dash-mounted panel.
With prices starting at just £9,999 (CVOTR) for the single cab and £13,999 (CVOTR) for the double cab 2.5-litre models, and the range topping 3.0-litre Denver Max (with its high end interior, exterior and generous specification touches) priced from £19,999 (CVOTR) the Isuzu Rodeo range represents amazing, class-leading value for money in the popular 4x4 pick-up marketplace - perfect in these 'credit crunch' times.Published 18 February 2009