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New Isuzu D-Max X-Rider vs Toyota Hilux Raider X – Which offers better value for money

Isuzu is gearing up to launch the new D-Max X-Rider this February, bringing back one of the bakkie’s most recognizable badges.

The X-Rider is a special-edition version based on the D-Max’s mid-range 1.9-litre models, adding exclusive styling details that help to make it one of the most eye-catching options in the carmaker’s catalogue.

Prices for the Isuzu range from R640,500 to R740,700, putting it in close territory with a similar rival from its long-running competitor, the Toyota Hilux.

Last year, Toyota updated its highly-successful 4×4 series with the Raider X, which, like the X-Rider, is a limited-edition version of the existing mid-range Raider models that adds new cosmetics.

The two vehicles therefore make for a natural comparison, given their similar price tags and roles within their respective families.


Both double cabs employ a tried-and-trusted engine from their respective brand, with the Isuzu using a 1.9-litre, turbo-diesel block that generates 110kW and 350Nm while returning an average fuel usage of 7.6l/100km.

In comparison, the Toyota gets a larger 2.4-litre turbocharged mill that runs on the same fuel, and consequently puts out 110kW and 400Nm at 7.6l/100km.

Despite its lower displacement, the X-Rider actually has the Raider X matched in power and economy ratings, only losing out slightly in torque.

It’s worth clarifying that the D-Max is available in three specifications comprising a 4×2 manual, a 4×2 auto, and a 4×4 auto; whereas the Hilux only has two options in the form of a 4×4 manual and automatic.

Regardless, all of these options whether manual or automatic turn the wheels via a six-speed gearbox, and the 4×4 variants are equipped with a rear differential lock.

Of course, there’s more to a bakkie than just its engine with several other physical attributes to consider, and you can see how the two compare in this regard below:

Specification Isuzu D-Max X-Rider Toyota Hilux Raider X
Length 5,265mm 5,325mm
Width 1,870mm 1,855mm
Height 1,805mm 1,815mm
Wheelbase 3,125mm 3,085mm
Ground clearance 227mm 286mm
Wading depth 800mm 700mm
Approach angle 30.0 degrees 29.0 degrees
Break-over angle 22.5 degrees 23.0 degrees
Departure angle 24.0 degrees 26.0 degrees
Load capacity 1,105kg 805kg
Towing capacity 2,100kg 3,500kg

The Toyota is slightly larger overall and has a better ground clearance, with the D-Max boasting a longer wheelbase and better wading depth.

Their off-roading angles are also very similar, and it’s in their hauling capabilities where they really differ, as the X-Rider can carry more while the Hilux has a significantly higher towing stat.


Looking at their styling details, the Isuzu features 18-inch alloy wheels, a gloss black grille, dark grey roof rails, X-Rider badges and decals, red Isuzu logos on the hub caps, and black accents on the door handles, side mirrors, and tailgate.

The Toyota, meanwhile, has matte black wheel arch claddings with red inserts, black side steps, a chrome grille inset, an integrated tonneau cover, a matte black styling bar, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rubberized load bay, and “Raider X” badges on both the interior and exterior.

In terms of equipment, both come with automatic headlights, a multifunction steering wheel, hill-start assist, stability control, traction control, cruise control, USB and 12V sockets, manual aircon, rear parking sensors, a reverse camera, an infotainment screen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, and seven airbags.

Items only found on the Hilux include a four-speaker stereo, front parking sensors, cloth seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and alternate driving modes for Normal, Sport, and Eco.

The D-Max, in contrast, has a leather steering wheel, hill-descent control, a 7.0-inch media screen, six speakers, and a full leather upholstery with red contrast stitching and X-decals.


The South African pricing for the new Isuzu D-Max X-Rider is as follows:

  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9TD double cab LS X-Rider manual – R640,500
  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9TD double cab LS X-Rider auto – R659,200
  • Isuzu D-Max 1.9TD double cab LS X-Rider 4×4 auto – R740,700

This includes a 5-year/120,000km warranty, 5-year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year/120,000km roadside assistance.

The local pricing for the Toyota Hilux Raider X is as follows:

  • Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 double cab 4×4 Raider X manual – R674,800
  • Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 double cab 4×4 Raider X auto – R706,300

Each purchase comes with a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 9-service/90,000km service plan

Isuzu D-Max X-Rider

Toyota Hilux Raider X

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