It might be the baby of the range but the G10 is still a good sized van reck­ons Cathy Parker.

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Drive a van, they said. “Mmmm,” I said, but the G10 was sur­pris­ingly good to drive – not to­tally car like but def­i­nitely not typ­i­cally van like ei­ther. I had pre­vi­ously driven a mini bus ver­sion of the larger LDV V80, which was work­man­like, but the G10 is quite a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion, be­ing smaller and more modern. The first sur­prise was the ex­cel­lent change on the six-speed man­ual gear­box – real knife through butter stuff, more like you would ex­pect in a sports car than in a van. The only is­sue was one that most man­ual six-speeds suf­fer from in that they are bi­ased for the three-four change so have to be pushed over for fifth-sixth change which can oc­ca­sion­ally re­sult in try­ing to se­lect fourth rather than sixth but LDV is not alone in that. The 1.9 litre turbo diesel en­gine de­liv­ers 106kw of power and 350Nm of torque, both of which are bet­ter than the 2.5-litre VM diesel en­gine in the V80, and de­liv­ers a com­bined cy­cle fuel con­sump­tion of 8.3 litres per 100km. The en­gine and gear­box com­bi­na­tion make the G10 re­lax­ing to drive with good pick-up off the mark and plenty of torque for round town with­out need­ing lots of gear chang­ing (es­pe­cially if only car­ry­ing a small load as we were). The ride is gen­er­ally good and han­dling is pretty much what you would ex­pect from a van – com­pe­tent but you are aware of the size and height. De­spite be­ing the baby of the LDV range, the G10 is still a good size van that can hold 5.2 cu­bic me­tres of cargo with room to load two stan­dard pal­lets. Hav­ing slid­ing doors on both sides makes it easy to load items and would be es­pe­cially handy for courier or round town de­liv­ery du­ties. There are six very rugged look­ing steel tie-downs on the floor plus two more on the wheel arches to se­cure the load. Apart from the climb up to the seat (it is a van) the driv­ing po­si­tion is com­fort­able and vis­i­bil­ity to the front is good. Be­tween the seats there is a large floor mounted tray for bits and pieces and doc­u­ments, this also al­lows a walk through to the rear if de­sired. The con­trols are mostly well laid out although the cli­mate con­trols look a bit of an af­ter­thought not re­ally match­ing the rest of the dash, but they work well. The only other con­trol is­sue is that the vol­ume con­trol is on the LH side of the au­dio unit and is a long stretch for the driver (there are no steer­ing mounted con­trols). The G10 does get a re­vers­ing cam­era and park­ing sen­sors – a great safety fea­ture for a van, plus Blue­tooth for con­nect­ing your phone and aux and USB in­puts. Safety sys­tems are well catered for as well with driver and pas­sen­ger airbags, ESC,EBD and emer­gency brake as­sist, whilst crea­ture com­fort is not for­got­ten with elec­tric win­dows, mir­rors and air con­di­tion­ing. The G10 would be a great pack­age for couri­ers and round town de­liv­er­ies, the au­to­matic ver­sion might be more prac­ti­cal in Auckland’s heavy traf­fic but the man­ual box is amongst the best of the self-shifters if you pre­fer man­ual for the econ­omy of pur­chase ($4,000 cheaper than the auto) or run­ning costs. At $29,890 Inc GST the G10 is def­i­nitely a cost ef­fec­tive hauler.

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