Isuzu MU-7: Grand arrival

It’s half past four in the morning and I am at the wheel of a Japanese SUV, enjoying a commanding view of the road. There’s an empty stretch of tarmac ahead and I take the opportunity to find out what a two-tonne SUV and 3-litre diesel motor combination can offer in terms of performance.

And I must confess this beefed up SUV exceeds my expectations. So anyway, there I am, relishing all the power on hand, when an errant state transport bus driver decides to blindly cross an intersection ahead of us – without checking to see what’s coming from the other side. I slam the brakes hard and the big SUV comes to a halt without much drama.

Lifesaver, this one.