2023 LDV G10 Review

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By Alexi Falson on 11 Oct 2023
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OnlineAuto Rating
6
out of 10
Pros
  • Great value
  • Decent payload capacities
  • User-friendly around town
Cons
  • No active safety technologies
  • Limited three-year warranty
  • No official ANCAP safety rating
  • Thirsty petrol engine
Specs
    • 72L
    • 215
    • 4000 / 1800
    • 3 star
    • Automatic
If you’re looking for a cargo van that doesn’t break the budget, it’s likely the LDV G10 has popped up on your radar.

LDV has slimmed down its G10 lineup, removing people-mover options from the range while sticking with a work-focused, cargo van platform.

How good is the LDV G10, then, and how does it stack up against its rivals? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

LDV G10 Competition





LDV G10




VS
Hyundai Staria Load
Toyota HiAce
Ford Transit Custom
LDV Deliver 9
Volkswagen Transporter
Renault Trafic

Starting Price: $36,831 drive-away

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How Much Does It Cost?

The LDV G10 lineup is priced from $36,831 drive-away for the entry-level G10+ Manual diesel, while the G10+ Automatic with a petrol engine is priced at $37,358 and the range-topping G10+ Automatic diesel is priced at $38,937 drive-away.

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LDV G10+ (LIFT DOOR) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Make LDV
Model G10+
Series SV7C
Variant LIFT DOOR
Body 4D VAN
Fuel type DIESEL
Transmission 8 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive RWD
Engine DTFI
Engine capacity 1996
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 4000 / 1800
Cylinders DT4
Torque 375
KW 118
Fuel tank size 72.0
Fuel usage specs 8.2 / 0
CO2 215
ANCAP security rating 3

What Features Does the LDV G10 Have?

The LDV G10 van range comes riding on a set of 16-inch alloys, and picks up cruise control, rear fog lamps, air conditioning, keyless entry, a rear-view camera with rear-mounted parking sensors, cloth upholstery, central locking, dual sliding doors, a full-sized spare tyre and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay.

Range Features:

  • 16-inch alloys

  • Cruise control 

  • Rear-view camera with rear-mounted parking sensors 

  • Cloth upholstery 

  • Keyless entry 

  • Central locking 

  • Rear fog lamps 

  • Dual sliding doors 

  • Full-sized spare tyre 

  • 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay

Is the LDV G10 Comfortable to Drive?

While it might be built as a work-ready cargo van, the G10’s platform has been used in the past as both a cargo carrier and a people-mover, which means it behaves better than you might expect on the road.

LDV offers its work-focused G10 range with a choice of turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options.

The first, a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel kicks out 118kW of power and 375Nm of torque which is paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, while the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol unit produces more power (165kW) and slightly less torque at 330Nm.

For the purposes of lugging around heavy loads of cargo, we’d lean more toward the turbo-diesel unit which offers a torque advantage to help push you up to speed with a fully-loaded tray.

Around town, the G10 is well-behaved as it bumbles through traffic, while the process of parking and low-speed turns is made more user-friendly by a lightweight steering rack.

The suspension package feels okay around town, though any driving on rougher Australian B-roads shows that it’s a little out of its depth when it comes to refinement.

All things considered, though, no one really buys a cargo van for how it drives.

Is it Fuel Efficient?

LDV’s G10 range is pretty thirsty on fuel if you’re ticking the box on the turbocharged petrol engine option, which returns combined fuel cycle figures of 11.1L/100km.

Opting for the 2.0-litre diesel is by far the most sensible call for fuel efficiency sticklers, with that unit rated at 8.2L/100km, matching a number of its key rivals that also come powered by a turbo-diesel engine.

How Much Cargo Can the G10 Fit in the Rear Tray?

Open up one of the G10’s dual sliding doors and you’ll find a load tray measuring 2500mm in length, 1590mm wide at the widest point, and 1270mm high.

Between the wheel arches, the tray’s width drops to 1278mm, which translates to 5,200L of cargo storage potential in the back of the G10’s cargo bed, or 5.2m3.

You can take a look at the G10’s full cargo, payload and gross vehicle and combined mass figures below.

  • Petrol G10 Payload: 1039kg 

  • Diesel G10 Payload: 1050kg

  • Petrol Gross Combined Mass: 4750kg

  • Diesel Gross Combined Mass: 5000kg 

  • Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM): 3000kg  

  • Petrol Braked Towing Capacity: 1000kg  

  • Diesel Braked Towing Capacity: 1500kg

Is it Practical and Spacious?

In the front of the cabin, the LDV G10 offers a decent level of space, comfort and practical interior design elements for the segment, especially at this price point.

There’s a tonne of headroom for even the tallest of drivers in the G10, with an adjustable seating position and steering wheel to help you get comfortable.

The layout itself is a little bit crowded around the gear lever, which houses a circular array of air conditioning inputs, though the design of the dashboard above is a much cleaner affair.

Onboard tech includes a 7.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay, while there are some clever storage options thanks to the open floor design that accommodates two layers of storage beneath the transmission tunnel, door bins on either side and a decent-sized glovebox.

This gives the G10 most of the practical touches that buyers expect from a cargo package these days, and while it doesn’t inspire, it offers the practicality that buyers demand.

Is it Safe?

Safety is not a strong selling point of the G10 package, which remains unrated by ANCAP after its previous three-star rating expired.

You won’t find any active safety technologies here, unfortunately, with the G10 offering buyers a slim list of safety features that includes cruise control, a rear-view camera with parking sensors, ABS, EBD, emergency brake assist, tyre pressure monitoring, and airbags in the front of the cabin.

Compared to the majority of its rivals, though, the G10 falls far short of the minimum amount of safety equipment we’d expect from a cargo van in today’s competitive landscape.

Our Verdict: Is The LDV G10 Worth it?

If you’re in the market for a no-frills and affordable cargo van, the G10 is very much worth a closer look.

That is, so long as you’re aware of its key limitations when it comes to safety equipment, with its main rivals offering some, if not a heap of active safety technologies, while the G10 misses out entirely on clever safety tech.

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Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Three-year/100,000km warranty 

  2. 2.0-litre turbo-diesel and turbo-petrol engines available 

  3. No official ANCAP safety rating (previous three-star rating) 

  4. 5,200L cargo bay capacity 

  5. 1039-1050kg payload figures

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Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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