I really must join the 21st century. The last thing I threw into the Isuzu mu-X before leaving Joburg on a two-week journey through the Karoo, Western Cape and Eastern Cape was a box of CDs. What better way to kill time on long, lonely stretches than to belt out favourite songs with no-one to complain about the noise? But 200km into the 4,500km trip, already bored by inane radio DJ chatter, my plans were in ruins. I discovered the mu-X has no CD player, only a USB port, for which I was not prepared. A couple of days later, in Cape Town, when I challenged an Isuzu marketer about this, he retorted: "CDs are out of date. They’re going the way of VHS." The mu-X is Isuzu’s answer to the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest — a luxury SUV built on a bakkie chassis. While the Toyota and Ford products have been in SA for years, the mu-X was launched mid-2018. There have been Isuzu SUVs in SA before; some readers may remember the Trooper and Frontier. In the brand’s early days in SA, there was e...

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