Mid-size van with plenty of ability
LDV’S MID-SIZED G10 IS THE SECOND VAN FROM CHINESE automotive giant, SAIC, to enter the New Zealand market.
Unlike the bigger V80, the G10 drives the rear wheels rather than the front, and has a cargo capacity of just over five cubic metres. That’s a similar size to the old short-wheelbase Mitsubishi L300 which used to be NZ’S second best-selling van.
LDV’S New Zealand agent, Great Lake Motor Distributors, launched the G10 at the 2015 National Fieldays.
The G10 was developed originally as a minibus and LDV modified it to be a cargo van. The minibus/mpv heritage shows in the driving position which is lower than most vans’ but still provides a commanding view.
The first G10s sold here had a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic gearbox.
The four-cylinder turbomotor is a potent unit, developing a stonking 165kw of maximum power and a more than useful 330Nm of peak torque.
That equates to seriously good performance, but a heavy-footed driver could take fuel consumption well beyond LDV’S quoted 11.7 litres/100km on the combined cycle.
There’s a second petrol-powered G10, a five-speed manual with a larger, naturally-aspirated, 2.4-litre four-cylinder motor.
It’s understood both engines are similar in design to Mitsubishi units of the same cubic capacity and layout.
The 2.4 develops 105kw and an adequate 200Nm of peak torque; LDV quotes fuel use of 11.5 litres/100km on the combined cycle.
But the star in the line-up is the 1.9-litre turbodiesel which debuted as a manual late in 2016 and was joined by an automatic in April this year.
Both gearboxes are six-speeders, and the engine develops 106.5kw of maximum power and a very healthy 350Nm of peak torque.
Those figures are better than the same brand’s V80’s, and the G10 has the makings to be a very good cargo hauler.
Like the short-wheelbase L300, the G10 bridges the gap between the car-based city vans like the Volkswagen Caddy and Caddy Maxi and the six cubic metre capacity vans like the LDV V80 and Toyota Hiace ZL.
Aside from their engine/gearbox package, the petrol and diesel G10s are identical with the same carrying capacity, layout and Features.
The G10 can carry 5.2 cubic metres of cargo, has a one-tonne payload, dual sliding side doors and a top-hinged tailgate.
The tailgate opening is 1382mm wide and 1179mm high; the side door openings are 835mm wide and 1414mm high.
The safety package is comprehensive and includes ESC stability control, ABS anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, emergency brake assist, driver and passenger front airbags, and roll movement intervention and tyre pressure-monitoring systems.
A reversing camera with park assist is standard, along with parking sensors and audible warning; rear foglights are standard.
There’s a good level equipment, including electrically-adjustable, exterior mirrors, central door-locking with keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise-control, electrically-wound door windows, two-speaker sound system with MP3 and DVD, Bluetooth phone and music capability, and a seven-inch, in-dash LED screen.
We’ve driven the turbocharged petrol and diesel automatic G10s, and both are easy to handle, with vice-free manners and a generally car-like feel.
Usefully, and unlike LDV’S bigger V80, the G10 has steps on the sides of the loadspace like those on Toyota Hiaces. It’s almost certainly a feature that carries over from the people mover variant, and it’s welcome, making the loadspace easier to get into and out of.