When it comes to functionality and performance, the Isuzu Crosswind Sportivo has become the benchmark to beat.
Unlike other SUVs, the Sportivo stays to be more traditionalists AUV. It’s not the designed to tackle or performance features that you might get interested on this vehicle, but rather, on how the Sportivo works everyday in your family.
Externally, the Sportivo looks contemporary stylish. The black radiator grille base, one-piece plastic rear bumpers, color keyed side step board, power-folding side mirrors with turn-signal repeaters and headlamp treatment give it a distinct identity, while its height of 1,900 mm enables to trek on rough and flood of metro. No matter how you may want to view the Sportivo, what it does though is offer much of the flexibility and passenger hauling abilities.
Inside, the Sportivo spacious cabin has comfortable seats everywhere with excellent driving position and ample luggage space behind the rear seat. Legroom is adequate even for passengers in the backseat, with much-appreciated toe space under the front seats.
No practicality has even been lost as it still offers plenty of room, with an assortment of convenience features. Suspension-wise, the ride improves a lot; thanks to Isuzu’s Flex-ride suspension system, which provides smooth ride over the paved roads.
What impresses us the most about the new Crosswind are the excellent features inside the cabin. This include two-tone seat material, single in-dash DVD/WMA/MP3Tuner with dual 7-inch wide screen LCD monitors mounted on headrest, black center console box and second row cup holders.
When on the road, the thrifty 2.5-liter (4JA1) direct-injection diesel engine provides plenty of power and torque. The Euro-2 compliant engine gives plenty of power and has been properly matched with the current diesel fuel in the country to meet emissions standard. The five-speed automatic transmission is fine match to the engine and shifts smoothly and efficiently.
Steering is a bit problem with the Sportivo—especially when taking hard U-turns. It’s like your driving its pickup sibling—the Isuzu DMAX. Sportivo’s tires are complimented from Michelin 235/70 wrapped around in 15-inch alloys.
As a carrier to haul more than 8 people or carry a weekend’s worth of groceries, the Isuzu Crosswind Sportivo does the job impeccably well. The Isuzu Crosswind Sportivo is pegged at Php. 1,220,000.00
Vehicle 2011 Isuzu Crosswind Sportivo
Type Multi-purpose vehicle
Engine 2.5-liter Inline-4 Turbo Diesel
Horsepower 85 ps at 3,900 rpm
Max. Torque 18.9 kg-m at 2,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION 5-speed AT
Length 4730 mm
Width 1770 mm
Height 1900 mm
WHEELBASE 2680 mm
WHEELS & TIRES 235/70 R15 chrome alloy
PRICE AS TESTED P1.220 million