With its roots tracing back to the shores of the British Isles, LDV has come a long way. Not only is it available in more countries but it’s also now owned by one of the largest Chinese automakers—the SAIC group. Here, we’re taking a closer look at the 2020 LDV G10 (Diesel, AT) van, one of the best LDV for sale QLD residents are talking about. The company is positioning this van as a more cost-effective alternative to more traditional carmakers’ offerings.
Why Pick the LDV G10
One of the best features offered by passenger vans for sale right now is the boatloads of space inside the van. The LDV G10 offers 5.2 cubic metres of cargo space and up to 1,010 kg of load. Aside from the usual two sliding doors and a top-hinged tailgate that is a standard fare among vehicles of this class, it also offers smartphone connectivity (Apple Carplay & Android Auto).
In the cargo space, almost the entire area can be occupied by the things that you need to load. The wheel wells are quite small and the floor is very sturdy and flat instead of the bare metal on other brands’ offerings. There are also very durable tie-down spots on the floor and along the edges of the wheel arches. At night, you won’t have to resort to using your phone’s flashlight as it also comes with four lights.
Price is also one of the main reasons why so many people are seriously considering the LDV G10. At the time of writing, you could find a model that costs $30,990 and drive home from the dealership. But you need to look out for deals as LDV is regularly introducing new special offers on most of their product line-up.
Meanwhile, the powertrain is not so much of a con as it is a pro. The G10 sports a 1.9 L turbo diesel engine that can produce 106 kW and 350 Nm of torque that is coupled to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. While these specs won’t perk up most car aficionado’s ears, the G10 feels incredibly fast among vans for sale Gold Coast dealerships might have available.
Most vans produced by LDV for sale QLD are very spacious inside, and the G10 is no exception. There are lots of clever spaces for storage and the seats on the driver side can be fully adjusted to the most comfortable position. Aside from that, the steering wheel can be tilt-adjustable but not telescopic. But what sets the LDV G10 apart among the other offerings in its segment are its unique features like Android Auto & Apple Carplay-compatibility, rear-view camera, and cruise control.
The LDV G10 is also covered by a three-year/100,000 km warranty that comes with roadside assistance for the whole duration too. The scheduled maintenance is set every 12 months or 10,000 km and you can go to any of the 81 dealers around the country (most big cities are covered, even Darwin).
What to Watch Out For
The LDV G10 only got a three-star rating from ANCAP (back in 2015) which is on-par with work vehicles for sale during that time like vans. But it makes up for it by including many safety features like ESP, ABS with EBD, emergency brake assist, and electronic stability control with Electronic Roll Movement Intervention.
Even though all vans by LDV for sale QLD like the G10 are solidly on the lower end of the segment, it still offers a good drive. Also, all of the important things that matter if you’re in the market for vans like the cargo space, drive comfort, safety features, and price are surely going to put this one among your top choices. The only main gripe that’s holding it back is its safety rating which is almost at par with other passenger vans at the time. But honestly, a brand new LDV G10 still offers a better value than a second-hand unit from another brand.