Mid-size van with plenty of abil­ity

New Zealand LCV - - 2017VAN GUIDE | LDV G10 -

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.

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