Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X: Battle of the macho SUVs!

Sep 18, 2019
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X 2019: Introduction
  • 2. Nissan Terra vs Mu-X: Dimensions
  • 3. Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X: Interior
  • 4. Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X Philippines: Safety
  • 5. Nissan Terra vs Mu-X 2019: Engine & Performance
  • 6. Nissan Terra vs Mu-X: Variants & prices in the Philippines
  • 7. Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X: Conclusion
The Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X. Both are based on pick-up trucks, and both are very excellent SUVs. How will they fare if compared to each? Let's find out!

1. Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X 2019: Introduction

While it is of no doubt that the leading SUVs here in the Philippines by virtue of sales is the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, other manufacturers also have their own entrants to that ever competitive market segment.

For Isuzu, there’s the utilitarian looking Isuzu Mu-X and for Nissan, there’s the powerful new comer; the Terra. These two also have quite the following here in the county and pleasantly enough even for the really new Nissan Terra, it has already spawned several car clubs and groups dedicated to its marque.

As such, we at Philkotse.com are in the opinion that it is the right time to pit the Mu-X and the Terra against each other in terms of specs to further aid you especially if you’re in the market for a new, tough and capable SUV. To help you make your choice so to speak.

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2. Nissan Terra vs Mu-X: Dimensions

Terra vs Mu-X Philippines: Dimension
 
Nissan Terra 
Isuzu Mu-X
Length (mm)
4,885
4,825
Width (mm)
1,865
1,860
Height (mm)
1,835
1,825
Wheelbase (mm)
2,850
2,845
Ground Clearance
225 mm
220 mm

While each have their own unique exterior look which make them quintessentially vehicles of their respective brands, both the Mu-x and the Terra have this rugged and tough look to them that emits tons of road presence.

But in terms of size, it is evident from the table above that the Nissan Terra 2019 is a little bit larger than the Mu-x. Appearance of course is always subjective, but that difference in proportions, even miniscule, will mean that the Terra will have a bigger boot space than the Mu-x and the interior space will be much larger.

Also, the Terra has a longer wheelbase and a higher ground clearance which of course makes for a much comfortable ride. The very pricey LS-A variants of the Mu-x does have 230 mm of ground clearance and a higher overall height.

A picture of the 2019 Nissan Terra

The macho and very hefty Nissan Terra

A picture of the 2019 Isuzu Mu-X

Here's the equally macho and tough looking Isuzu Mu-X

As for actual exterior stuff, the Terra it seems has one upped the Mu-x as it comes with a roof rack which the Mu-X does not have except for the LS-A variants.

Isuzu Mu-x rear veiw

A picture of the rear of the Nissan Terra

Here's a rear view of the Terra and the Mu-X

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3. Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X: Interior

In terms of the interiors of these SUVs, we’ll have to match up their top of the line variants, the Mu-X LS-A and the Terra VL AT.

As per their disparity in sizes, the Terra offers much more room in its second and third row. Both SUVs have really comfortable leather seats, and the dashboard as well as their center consoles are adorned by silver accents. There are still some plastic parts here are there but these appear to be of good quality and are fitted nicely to each other.

For equipment relating to comfort and entertainment, the top of the line Isuzu MU-X has a larger touchscreen display at 8 inches compared to the Terra’s seven inch unit. Both though have USB and AUX ports. The one on the Terra despite being smaller is more advanced as it actually has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wifi, GPS navigation, and video playback.

Nissan Terra vs MUX: Interior
Feature
Nissan Terra VL
Isuzu Mu-X LS-A
Cruise Control
With
With
Front Parking Sensors
With
-
Rear Parking Sensors
With
With
Leather Upholstery
With
With
Push Start Button
With
With
Air Conditioning System
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
Automatic Climate With Rear Controls
Entertainment System
7 inch Touchscreen with  radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Wifi, and video Playback
8-inch touchscreen with CD, VCD, DVD, MP3, and radio
Connectivity
Aux-in, Bluetooth, iPod and USB
Aux-in, Bluetooth, iPod and USB
Navigation Ready
With
With
Sunroof
-
-
Power Steering
Yes
Yes
Power Windows
Yes
Yes
Power Outlet
With
With
Steering Wheel Audio Control
With
With
Keyless Entry
With
With

A picture of the front cabin of the Nissan Terra

The interior of the Terra looks just like the interior of the Navara

While both variants comes equipped with a rear video screen, the Mu-X does not have front parking sensors.

Also note that the more affordable base model for the Nissan Terra comes with a really good but smaller 6 inch touchscreen display that has the same connectivity options while having video playback functions while the one on the base Mu-x has AUX, Bluetooth, and USB, doesn’t have to ability to play video.

A picture of the front cabin of the Mu-X

Here's the front cabin of the Mu-X which also to some degree looks like the one in the D-Max

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4. Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X Philippines: Safety

This is where the Terra plainly beats the Mu-X.

Coming standard across all variants for the Nissan Terra are a whopping six airbags. These are dual front airbags, side airbags, and curtain airbags. In comparison, the Mu-x’s top of the line LS-A only gets two on the front.

For other safety equipment, both the top variants of the Terra and the Mu-X both come with electronic brake distribution, anti-lock braking system, EBD, an engine immobilizer, a security alarm, stability control, and cruise control. The lower spec variants of the Mu-X however doesn’t have EBD nor does it have an engine immobilizer, two things which the base model Terra EL has.

And finally, the Nissan Terra comes with a brilliant blind-spot detection system.

A picture of the Nissan Terra's blind spot system doing its job

Here's the Terra's blind spot detection system in action

5. Nissan Terra vs Mu-X 2019: Engine & Performance

Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X Philippines: Engine & Performance
 
Nissan Terra
Isuzu Mu-X
Engine
YD25DDTi Inline-4
RZ4E I-4 Turbo
4JK1-TCX Inline-4
4JJ1-TCX I-4
Displacement
2.5 liters
1.9 liter
2.5 liter
3.0 liter
Number of Cylinders
4
4
Number of Valves
16
16
7-seepd automatic with Manual More or 6-speed manual
6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with Sequential shift
Power Train
4x4 or 4x2
4x4 or 4x2
Max Output (HP)
190
148
134
175
Max Torque (Nm)
450
350
320
380
Fuel Type
Diesel
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
80 liters
65 L

Under the hood, the Isuzu Mu-x 2019 has three engine options and two options for its power train. There’s the 1.9 liter RZ4E which makes 148 horsepower and 350 nm of torque, the 4JK1-TCX which makes 134 horsepower and 320 nm of torque, and the powerful 4JJ1-TCX which makes 175 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque.

The Nissan Terra on the other hand only has one engine option, the YD25DDTi which is simply much more power than any of those three at 190 horsepower and 450 nm of torque. Also the Nissan Terra has a whopping 80 liters of fuel capacity and there are also 4x4 and 4x2 variants.

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6. Nissan Terra vs Mu-X: Variants & prices in the Philippines

 
Nissan Terra variants
Price
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL MT
Php 1.5 Million
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 EL AT
Php 1.62 Million
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 VE AT
Php 1.72 Million
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x2 VL AT
Php 1.92 Million
Nissan Terra 2.5 4x4 VL AT
Php 2.15 Million

>>> Keep up-to-date with the latest Nissan Terra price list with installment here

A picture of a Nissan Terra climbing a hill

The Nissan Terra is new to the market and has only 5 variants

Isuzu Mu-X Variants
Price
Isuzu Mu-X 2.5 LS 4x2 MT
Php 1.26 Million
Isuzu Mu-X 2.5 RZ4E LS 4x2 MT
Php 1.3 Million
Isuzu Mu-X 2.5 RZ4E LS 4x2 AT
Php 1.3 Million
Isuzu Mu-X 2.5 LS-A 4x2 MT
Php 1.37 Million
Isuzu Mu-X RZ4E LS-A 4x2 MT
Php 1.57 Million
Isuzu Mu-X RZ4E LS-A 4x2 AT
Php 1.59 Million
Isuzu Mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT
Php 1.79 Million
Isuzu Mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x2 AT Luxe
Php 1.84 Million
Isuzu Mu-X 3.0 LS-A 4x4 AT
Php 2.14 Million

>>> Go to our Isuzu MU-X price list for further price installment details

A picture of the 2019 Isuzu Mu-X

Whereas the Mu-X is a veteran marque that has more than 9 variants

7. Nissan Terra vs Isuzu Mu-X: Conclusion

Surprisingly enough, the better equipped top of the line, much more powerful Nissan Terra only costs a couple of thousand pesos more than the top of the line Mu-X.

For the Mu-X though, the Isuzu-made SUV has a LOT of variants in a wide range of prices which of course is quite a huge advantage to the five-variant Terra. While we greatly see the advantage that the Terra has over the Mu-X just by its performance, safety equipment, and on-board entertainment amenities, we also consider that the final choice boils down to you, the buyer.

Nissan Terra vs Isuzu MUX

Nissan Terra or Isuzu MU-X? Final choice boils down to you!

Do you prefer the very wide selection of the Mu-X or the Terra’s power? Do you prefer the Terra’s looks or the Mu-X’s? It’s all up to you!

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Source: Cesar Guiderone Miguel

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Joel Calderon
Joel Calderon 01:30 | Sep 25, 2019
IMO Terra's high price is worth every peso. IMO Terra's high price is worth every peso.
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