LDV Maxus is a family of FWD light commercial vehicles of LCV2 category (GVW 2.8-3.5 tons), is the van, which succeed the outdated LDV Pilot and Convoy that was sold in the period during 2004-2008. Originally, a result of cooperation of LDV and Daewoo, LVD Maxus is featured with sharp looks – it looks as Mercedes-Benz Sprinter from afar – but it is certainly not state-of-the-art in characteristics of ride, management and used technology. However, one of its trumps is the fact that it is cheaper than its other opponents of this size and presents a good value-for-money of the standard package. At the same time, the build quality is substandard that, in addition, is emphasized by the cheap cabin.
The entrance to the cab is guarded courtesy by spec remote ‘plip’ locking, as for the vehicle inside - the cab looks light and airy. However, it is far from stylish or modern. The whole of the dials and switches are installed on the central binnacle – that fact causes some time for a bit of getting used to it. That has been done this way to make left-hand drive versions without total redesigning of the dashboard.
The CD-player and electric mirrors and windows are available as standard, however, some of the plastics looks so cheap and nasty – especially the pullout double coffee cup holders; it seems that they could snap off any minute. The high-adjustable seats with height and rake regulation together with customizable lumbar support are proposed for extra costs. Early models owned the questionable interior trimming quality, too, but the things were improved in later modifications. In 2008, the improvements included the installation of height adjustment for the driver\'s seat.
The Maxus is not the representative of modern technologies, but it has a good combination of diesel power units by Italian VM Motori and quite friendly price. Both engines have the working volume of 2.5 liters and they show the power output of 95 bhp or 120 bhp and the top torque of 184lb-ft or 221lb-ft. Power steering is available for the whole model line and braking provided by ventilated discs on the front and drums on the rear. In 2007, a new 2.5 L engine of 135bhp was introduced.