Maxus Deliver 9 LWB Diesel FWD 2.0 D20 150 LUX High Roof Van

  • Manual
  • Diesel
  • Panel Van
  • 5 yrs Warranty
  • 12 mths Service schedule
  • 3,500 kg Gross vehicle weight
  • 1,240 kg Payload
  • 1,892 mm Load height
  • 3,413 mm Load length
  • EURO 6 Standard euro emissions

Ten Second Review

No, of course the Maxus Deliver 9 doesn't have quite the sophistication of the volume players in the large van segment. It wouldn't do because it costs a lot less than its competitors. Yet it will probably serve the needs of your business just as well. In short, if you need profit more than polish, this contender could be worth a try.

Background

You probably haven't heard of Maxus. It's a new name for LDV, a once-British van brand which was bought by Chinese manufacturing giant SAIC in 2009. To begin with, SAIC kept the LDV name and dusted off the old Maxus model that LDV was selling before it went into receivership. Now though, at last, the Chinese conglomerate has come up with a completely new van design, so think the time is right for a change of brand name - to Maxus. This Deliver 9, the Maxus marque's first design, isn't quite as spectacularly affordable as the old LDV V80 model it replaces but it's a far more modern product, like the V80 aimed at the large van segment.

Driving Experience

Power for the Deliver 9 comes from a 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit that's only available in 163PS form matched with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It's usually offered in front-wheel drive, but the biggest body shapes get a rear wheel drive option too. Electric power steering features across the range. From start-off, the noise of the engine betrays its age, but once you get going, refinement is reasonably acceptable and there's quite enough torque (375Nm) to pull the heavy loads that likely buyers will need to shift, reducing the need for frantic gear swapping when a steep incline is encountered. The top speed is 100mph and there's a 2,500kg braked towing capacity. So yes, the performance on offer is likely to be quite sufficient for your needs. Like almost all vans, particularly large ones, the cornering demeanour of this one improves quite a bit when there's a bit of a load in the back. When you're running empty, it's rather prone to being unsettled over bumps. And whatever your Deliver 9's load configuration, you'll certainly feel the larger potholes and tarmac tears you'll come across in typical urban motoring. When the time comes to slow down, you'll be thankful for the reassuring feel of the standard all-round disc brakes. Brake assist complements the usual ABS system for emergency stops and ESP stability control is standard too.

Design and Build

There's nothing much wrong with the way this Maxus model looks - you wouldn't immediately pigeonhole it as a dated design. There's a prominent front grille (chrome-finished on the top variant), flanked by halogen or full-LED headlamps, plus LED daytime running lights also feature. Inside, with top 'Luxury'-spec, you get a touchscreen-enabled infotainment system with 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. You won't be expecting tactile plastics around the cabin - and you don't get them, but it feels modern enough behind the wheel and the driver's seat is actually quite comfortable, with plenty of adjustment. Everything seems built to last - this feels like a cabin that could withstand the rigours of a hard working life. A practical load area is fundamental in any LCV and the Deliver 9 meets the class standard in this regard. It features a heavy-duty bulkhead and rear doors that open to 260-degrees for easy loading. And extra features include a low rear step, lashing rings, grab handles and an LED illuminated load compartment.

Market and Model

The Deliver 9 panel van comes with three body lengths and three body heights. The biggest options in each case ('Long' and 'Extra High) can be had with either front or rear wheel drive. Otherwise, you'll be looking at a front wheel drive model. Prices start from around £30,000 ex VAT - that's for a 'Long' 'High roof' variant. That could save you a really substantial amount over equivalently-shaped versions of some other large vans. Makes you think doesn't it? Beyond the standard panel van body style, Maxus offers a number of variants in the Deliver 9 range, including crew cab, chassis and minibus models, while a network of specialist converters can also create a bespoke van to cater for most driver and business needs. All models include cruise control, air conditioning, rear parking sensors and autonomous emergency braking. The plusher 'Luxury' trim level - recognisable by a unique chrome- finished hexagonal signature grille, adds niceties like 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, front parking sensors, an adjustable over-speed alarm, keyless entry and some extra safety features like a Blind Area Monitoring system and a Lane Change Assist set-up. Inside at 'Luxury' level, there's a 10-inch centre-dash touchscreen with 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring and a reversing camera.

Summary

Maxus reckons that new vehicles don't have to be as expensive as they are. Dacia has proved that in the car market. Now this Chinese brand is doing the same when it comes to commercial vehicles. You do at least have a choice. The LDV brand the Maxus marque was sired from provided that choice by re-branding an ageing product. But the Deliver 9, if not quite as sophisticated as some of its volume brand segment rivals, does feel every inch a modern large LCV. And it can offer running costs that are at least now in the same ballpark as competitors. Which wasn't the case with the old LDV V80. Yes this Deliver 9 is only a starting point for the Maxus brand in our market, but it's still probably a large van that many more small to medium-sized operators really ought to be considering. After all, when it comes to price, size matters.

  • Parking sensor front and back
  • Reverse camera with guide assist
  • Apple Carplay/Android Auto
  • USB and auxiliary socket
  • USB port and mini jack port for driver and passenger
  • Body colour front bumpers
  • Bright silver front with chrome
  • Chrome front MAXUS hexagonal signature grill
  • Nature colour rear bumper
  • 12V socket
  • Cigar lighter
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Deep door water storage holders
  • Foldable seat back with cup holders and tablet holder
  • Front cup holders
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Overhead storage
  • Sophisticated storage system with compartments
  • Storage compartments in front doors
  • Convenience pack1 - Delivery9
  • Entertainment system pack - Delivery9
  • Lighiting pack - Delivery9
  • Safety pack - Delivery9
  • Smoker pack - Delivery9
  • Trim pack - Delivery9
  • 3 point seatbelts for all seats
  • Driver seat airbag + Adjustable seat belt
  • Front and Rear radar
  • Front double curtain airbag
  • Front passenger airbag
  • Passenger seat airbag + Adjustable seat belt
  • Reversing image
  • Alarm for driver's seat belt not fastened
  • Central locking
  • Driver and passenger safety belt buckle reminder
  • Electronic Lock Control
  • Ignition off auto lock
  • Intelligent anti theft security system
  • Intelligent key
  • Intelligent start and stop
  • No key entry and start system
  • Speed sensitive automatic lock
  • HC: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: N
  • Automatic Transmission: False
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1996
  • Cooling System: WATER
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make: N
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type: DIESEL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission: True
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: N
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern: False
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Based On ID: N
  • Chassis Engine Number: N
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code: N
  • Coin Power Output Code: N
  • Coin Series: N
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code: N
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code: N
  • Exhaust System: EGR
  • Front Brakes: DISCS
  • Front Suspension: MCPHERSON STRUT
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: False
  • Insurance Group 1: N
  • Insurance Group 2: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 10
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Rear Brakes: DISCS
  • Rear Suspension: LEAF SPRINGS
  • Running Cost League Headings: N
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 125000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Steering: PAS
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: N1
  • Vin/Frame No.: N
  • 0 to 60: N
  • 0 to 62: N
  • BHP: 150
  • Engine Power KW: 110
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 277
  • Engine Torque MKG: 38.3
  • Engine Torque NM: 375
  • PS: True
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • Alloys: True
  • Automatic Clutch: False
  • Plated 3rd Axle: N
  • Plated 4th Axle: N
  • Tyre Make: N
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/75 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/75 R16
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Front Overhang: 1020
  • Height: 2535
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5940
  • Load Height: 1892
  • Load Length: 3413
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches: 1366
  • Load Width: 1800
  • Lower Rear Door Width: 1570
  • Rear Door Height: 1756
  • Rear Overhang: 1160
  • Side Load Door Height: 1670
  • Side Load Door Width: 1269
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 14.8
  • Upper Rear Door Width: N
  • Wheelbase: 3760
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 2110
  • Width (including mirrors): 2466
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: N
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Gross Train Weight: 6000
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3500
  • Load Space Volume: 11.55
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed: N
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up: N
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down: N
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed: N
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2260
  • No. of Seats: 3
  • Payload: 1240
  • Plated 2nd Axle: 1900
  • Plated Front Axle: 1950