Which 2022 Isuzu mu-X variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide] 

Updated Oct 28, 2022 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

The new mu-X has five variants. Let us help you pick one. 

The next-generation Isuzu mu-X is finally out for the Philippine market. And like the third-generation Isuzu D-Max it is based on, it comes with a whole host of improvements inside and out. 

A picture of the new Isuzu mu-X on a road surrounded by trees.

The all-new Isuzu mu-X

The Isuzu mu-X Philippines however, has five variants in total. These include the LS-E 4x4 AT and LS-E 4x2 AT as the top trims, the LS-A 4x2 AT and the LS-A RZ4E 4x2 MT as the mid-spec trims, and the LS RZ4E 4x2 AT as the entry-level trim. 

So, which of these is the right one for you? How are they different spec-wise? Let’s find out. 

2022 Isuzu mu-X Variants: Exterior 

When it comes to size, the LS-E and LS-A variants are identical. They all have a length of 4,850mm, a width of 1,870mm, and a height of 1,825mm. The odd one out is the entry-level LS as it has a shorter height of 1,815mm as it lacks roof rails. 

Speaking of exterior equipment, all variants of the new mu-X for sale are kitted out with a pair of bi-LED headlamps. These have automatic leveling, except the ones on the entry-level LS. In turn, only the top-spec LS-E has an auto-on/off for its headlamps. 

A picture of the side of the 2022 Isuzu mu-X.

It has grown a bit in size

All mu-X variants also come standard with LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps. The LS-E and LS-A AT also have front and rear fog lamps, which are then unavailable on the LS-A RZ4E MT and the entry-level LS RZ4E AT. 

The top-spec LS-E also comes with a power-folding side mirror. All trims, however, do get power adjustment for the side mirrors. Then again, the entry-level LS lacks the integrated side turn signal lamps that are present for the rest of the mu-X variant’s side mirrors. 

As mentioned only the LS lacks roof rails. For the ones that do, it can accommodate up to 100 kgs of cargo. Also, only the top-spec LS-E variants come with a power tailgate and rain-sensing wipers. 

A picture of the rear of the 2022 Isuzu mu-X parked in a woody area.

Only the top-of-the-line LS-E variants have power tailgates

And lastly in terms of exterior features, the LS-E trims ride on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels. The mid-spec LS-A trims meanwhile have an 18-inch set of wheels, and the entry-level LS has a 17-inch set. 

2022 Isuzu mu-X Variants: Interior 

Inside, all the variants of the 2022 mu-X come with three rows. The third row is bench-type seats with 50:50 split-fold, whereas the second row has 60:40 split-fold. All come with adjustable headrests, but the second gets a center armrest with cup holders. Only the top-spec LS-E gets leather covers for its seats. 

A picture showing the front seats of the Philippine-spec Isuzu mu-X.

A peek into the mu-X LS-E's front cabin

As for the front seats, the LS-E variant provides an eight-way electronically adjustable driver's seat, as well as a four-way electronically adjustable passenger’s seat. The LS-A then gets a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, while the entry-level LS has a four-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. 

For cooling, the LS-E, and LS-A AT come standard with a dual-zone automatic climate control system. The rest of the variants meanwhile are equipped with manual dial-controlled air-conditioning. 

Moving on to infotainment systems, most trims except the entry-level LS come with a 10.1-inch infotainment system. This head unit has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB, and aux-in connectivity. In comparison, the entry-level LS has a 3.5-inch monochrome display. For speakers, the LS-E variants get an eight-piece speaker system. The rest meanwhile gets six speakers. 

A picture of the 2022 Isuzu mu-X's cockpit.

All trims of the mu-X are equipped with a ten-inch headunit

Regarding driver amenities, the LS-E and LS-A have a seven-inch multi-information display. The entry-level LS then gets a smaller 3.5-inch digital display. The LS also gets a fixed steering wheel column, while the rest has tilt and telescopic adjustment. The steering wheel of the LS also lacks the buttons that are present on the LS-E and LS-A's steering wheel. Furthermore, only the top-spec LS-E trims’ steering wheel is wrapped in leather. 

And lastly, only the mu-X LS-E gets a remote engine start system. Along with the mid-spec LS-A AT, the LS-E's doors can automatically lock themselves when the driver walks away. A push-button ignition system is also available on the LS-E and LS-A AT variants. 

2022 Isuzu mu-X Variants: Engine and Performance 

For the Philippine-spec 2022 mu-X, there are two engine options. The larger one is the 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX inline-4 turbodiesel and it is available on the LS-E variants, and the LS-A AT. At most, it can produce up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.  

The second smaller engine is the 1.9-liter RZ4E inline-4 turbodiesel. It is present on the LS-A MT and the LS, and it can make up to 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. 

For transmissions, the LS-E 4x4 and 4x2 trims use a six-speed automatic transmission. The LS-A AT also uses the same aforementioned gearbox, though the LS-A with the RZ4E 1.8-liter mill uses a six-speed manual transmission. Interestingly enough, the entry-level LS has a six-speed automatic gearbox. 

A picture of the 2022 Isuzu mu-X's engine.

The 2022 Isuzu mu-X's 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX turbodiesel engine

For drivetrains, only the top-spec LS-E is available with 4x4. The rest meanwhile gets a 4x2 drivetrain. 

Moving over to suspensions, all variants of the 2022 mu-X use a double-wishbone for the front and a five-link suspension for the rear. Braking is then handled by ventilated discs for all four wheels for all variants.  

All variants of the 2022 mu-X also come with an electronic parking brake with an auto-hold function. 

2022 Isuzu mu-X Variants: Safety 

Like most modern SUVs, all 2022 mu-X trims come standard with anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, ISOFIX child seat tethers, hill-start assist, and hill-descent control. Then again, the entry-level LS lacks the parking sensors and reverse camera that’s available to the rest of the new mu-X's variants. 

The top-spec LS-E trims are then equipped with seven airbags, while the rest only have dual-front airbags. 

Moving on to the driver-assist features, only the top-of-the-line LS-E 4x4 and LS-E 4x2 have autonomous emergency braking, forward collision assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. The top-spec LS-E trims along with the mid-spec LS-A trims also have blind-spot monitoring and lane departure alert. 

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2022 Isuzu mu-X Variants: Pricing 

Isuzu mu-X Variants 

Price 

Mu-X LS RZ4E 1.9 4x2 AT 

Php 1,590,000 

Mu-X LS-A RZ4E 1.9 4x2 MT 

Php 1,770,000 

Mu-X LS-A 3.0 4x2 AT 

Php 1,900,000 

Mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x2 AT 

Php 2,100,000 

Mu-X LS-E 3.0 4x4 AT 

Php 2,450,000 

>>> Lastest update: Isuzu Philippines price list


2022 Isuzu mu-X Variants: Conclusion 

As one can see, the entry-level LS is the one variant that lacks many of the gadgets and features that were added on the third-gen mu-X. Then again, it is also the most affordable and it can no doubt function just as well as a family vehicle. Curiously enough though, the most affordable LS trim uses an automatic tranny, while the next trim up (LS-A MT) gets a stick shift. If you want to row through gears, then you don’t have other options other than the LS-A MT. 

Then there’s the mid-spec LS-A 4x2 AT. It doesn’t have as much on-board tech and features as the top-spec LS-E, but it has access to the power of the 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX. 

A picture of the 2022 Isuzu mu-X surrounded by trees.

Only the LS-E has 4x4, though it lacks a differential lock

For those who want an off-road capable machine though, then look no further than the top-spec LS-E 4x4. But if what you’re after is actually the LS-E's driver-assist features, then maybe the LS-E 4x2 might fit you better. 

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Know more about Isuzu mu-X 2023

Isuzu mu-X

The Isuzu mu-X Philippines 2023 is the Japanese marque's entry to the 7-seater midsize SUV, which is based on its pickup truck sibling, the Isuzu D-Max. It is offered in five variants with a price that ranges from Php 1,595,000 to Php 2,460,000. For the Philippines market, the Isuzu-made SUV has two available engine options. The smaller one is a 1.9-liter RZ4E Bluepower turbodiesel capable of making up to 148 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. It can either come with a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the larger engine option for the mu-X is a 3.0-liter inline-4 turbodiesel. At most, this mill can produce up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. Only a six-speed automatic transmission is available with this engine.

Dimensions-wise, the mu-X is 4,850 mm long, 1,870 mm wide, and 1,825 mm high, with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,855 mm and 235 mm, respectively. Locally, this midsize SUV is competing against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Nissan Terra, and Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

₱ 1,595,000 - ₱ 2,460,000

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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