2020 LDV G10 Review

May 28, 2020

The LDV G10 has had some minor equipment upgrades, and positions itself as the cost-effective option in this quickly improving commercial segment.

LDV is part of the SAIC conglomerate, which beyond the use of way too many letters when you combine the two, is also the biggest automobile manufacturer in China – and that’s something to take note of, especially in a market of that size and growing. Here, we’re taking a closer look at the 2020 LDV G10 diesel van – positioning itself as a cost-effective alternative to the main players.

You can also get a petrol engine if you prefer, although most buyers in this segment would tend toward diesel I reckon. There’s a solid 5.2 cubic metres of cargo space, 1010kg payload, two sliding doors through the middle and a top-hinged tailgate. Upgrades back in 2019 included smartphone connectivity.

Price is the main reason you’re going to be sidling into an LDV dealership, and pricing is undoubtedly sharp. Our tester starts from $31,569 plus on-road costs. Normally. At the time of testing, you could have one for $30,990 drive-away. Keep in mind, too, that LDV is regularly running special offers on product, so the list price is usually a starting guide. Regardless, this is a lot of van for 31 grand, there’s no doubt about that. You won’t be able to price one of the heavy hitters near the LDV – around 10 grand more in fact.

The powertrain – on paper at least – is largely as expected for this segment. You get a 1.9-litre turbo diesel engine that makes 106kW and 350Nm mated to a six-speed ZF automatic. While those power and torque figures aren’t mind-boggling by any means, unladen, the van feels quite zippy for something of this size. I spent some time on test with approximately 500kg in the load space, and likewise it gets around town pretty efficiently with some weight over the rear axle.

The diesel auto’s ADR fuel claim is pretty frugal, too – 8.6L/100km on the combined cycle. After a week of testing, largely around town in traffic, we saw an indicated figure of 9.6L/100km. That’s not too bad at all for a workhorse that is going to ply its trade (much of it anyway) in built-up areas in traffic.

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