Isuzu Rodeo Denver Max
Isuzu Rodeo

That aside, if you are energetic enough to enjoy jet-skiing, have a penchant for dirt-bikes, or simply a passion for auctions and boot-sales, the load-lugging benefits are obvious.

On the other hand, the load-lugging benefits are needed for a family holiday. There are five seats inside the double cab and if all of the seats are occupied, there is no other luggage space. However, when two-up, the rear seats fold for interior storage capacity.

When it comes to keeping out the elements, Isuzu have got it covered. From a simple, rigid-frame tonneau, priced at £235 to a fully, glazed Aerotop hardtop for £1,850.63, there is a solution for every use.

Isuzu tells us that the new Rodeo is more car-like on the outside and this continues on the inside. It doesn’t have an ‘industrial’ feel and, in terms of specification and comfort, the Rodeo can put some MPV and SUVs in the shade.

There are three trim levels; Rodeo, Rodeo Denver Max and the Denver Max LE, with prices of £13,990, £15,990 and £19,990, respectively. These are on-the-road prices but exclusive of VAT.

The ‘standard’ Rodeo sets the basic specification for the other two with air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows, 16-inch alloys and a keyless entry system. The audio system comprises a single CD/radio with MP3 and iPod connectivity.

The test car was the Denver Max, which is expected to be the most popular. This is where the fancy side-steps come in, along with a rear step bumper and load-liner. Inside, the unusually- designed audio system is upgraded to include a 6 CD autochanger and Bluetooth kit.

The Rodeo Denver Max LE features leather upholstery, an LE hard-top, DVD-based sat-nav with a touch-screen, 18-inch alloys and Prodrive Performance Pack, which I’ll come back to.

There is a good amount of space in the cabin and rear occupants have plenty of legroom, unfortunately, the transmission tunnel spoils it somewhat, for the centre seat passenger. Although the rear doors are wider than most double-cab pickups, they do have a tendency to snap back if opened too vigorously, causing much annoyance.

Isuzu Rodeo Review | Part Three
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