The new Isuzu KB continues where the old tried and tested model took us. Reliable, solid, dependable. It still has good road holding and it still sounds and smells like a truck. The way a KB should. You just gotta love that old diesel mill.
It is bigger and it is way more frugal than the model it replaces.
Isuzu claim a combined cycle of 7.7 l/100km. I think you should work on just under 9 normally but around 7 l/100km on highway unladen. Still pretty impressive.
The cabin of this KB is much more spacious than the old one. Storage is a doddle with all the usual nooks and crannies, compartments on the floor under the seats, sunglass holder in the roof and clever drinks holders which slide out of the dash.
The leather multi-function steering wheel in the LX models is a pleasure to use. The integrated sound system is comprehensive and sounds good.
Leg room at the back is much improved as is ease of entry and exit. In short, the cabin is much bigger. It is also more comfortable and luxurious but not as smart as the Ranger.
The front is dominated by the powerful halogen projector headlights, but I have to say the chrome grille is a bit much. The KB looks like a bakkie should, if that makes sense. It is more rounded than its predecessor and, one could say, stylish.
Ride quality has been improved and now almost matches the Mitsubishi Triton in my mind. It is very good both on tar and gravel. The new KB continues the tradition of excellent gravel travel built by earlier models. In town steering is a little heavy and feels cumbersome.
The engine torque and power is good but not as good as the opposition. It will serve you fine in most circumstances. It has been updated with a new intercooler and several other improvements and is around 15% up on the old model. You don’t really feel it on the road though.
Safety equipment include six airbags, ABS with EBD and BAS, and Isofix anchorage points, but not stability control.
It does not have standard rubberized load-bed or tonneau cover hooks.
If you do a lot of driving on gravel roads you will love this Isuzu.
The range starts at R383 900 for the KB 250 D-TEQ LE 4×2. The range topping KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4×4 is R483 500.
In this size of bakkie also look at the Ford Ranger, Nissan Navarra, Mazda BT, GWM Steed 6 and VW Amarok.
The Steed 6 Double Cab 2,0 VGT SX costs R294 900.
If you are more interested in the traditional one ton bakkie size check out the Toyota HiLux, GWM Steed 5, Nissan NP300 (Hardbody) or the very capable Mitsubishi Triton.
The warranty covers 5 years or 120 000 km. The service plan is for 5 Years or 90 000 km.