Maxus Deliver 9 Review
Following a market shakeup in April 2020, the historic brand LDV is no more. Now firmly rebranded in the UK and Europe as the more modern Maxus, the impressive Deliver 9 is the first vehicle in the UK to proudly wear its progressive badge.
Vince Pemberton & Jack The Lad's Thoughts On The Maxus Deliver 9
What makes the Maxus Deliver 9 so special?
If you’re looking for a van with an unrivalled load capacity and a choice of models to cater to all sorts of driving needs, the Deliver 9 really lives up to its name.
Its GVW is a weighty 3.5 tonnes, with a payload in excess of 1,100kg. What’s more, the entry-level model has a maximum cargo volume of 8.1 cubic metres, which means it can carry a whopping payload of up to 1360kg. Not bad for the first vehicle from the Maxus brand. It also has an impressive 5 year warranty or is covered up to 125,000 miles!
It also comes with a variety of options and a choice of three wheelbase lengths, alongside three body lengths (short, medium and long), and three roof heights (medium, high and extra-high).
Seeking a specific body style? No problem. Maxus offers its drivers the choice of a crew cab, chassis cab or minibus. You can even create a bespoke van depending on what your needs are. Talk about service.
Let’s talk about performance
It’s pretty powerful too, as each model is in receipt of a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. That’s a lot of torque for your money - 375Nm to be exact. With a six-speed manual gearbox and electric power steering, the Deliver 9 is a joy to drive.
Wondering if the Deliver 9 can meet your needs? That’s for you to decide. But with a top speed of 100mph and brake assist, on top of the usual ABS system for emergency stops, it’s a pretty impressive offering. If you opt for the standard or mid-sized variants, you'll be looking at an all-wheel-drive while the larger models can come courtesy of a rear-wheel drive.
The largest model serves up a 2,500kg braked towing capacity or unbraked weight of 750kg. And as with many larger sized vans, when you’re loaded up on the inside, any potholes and bumps in the road will be handled with ease.
What about on the inside?
Beyond the shiny, show-stopping front grille and LED headlamps, lies a pretty luxurious world, if you opt for the luxury spec, that is. A touchscreen-enabled infotainment system, blind-spot monitoring and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all come as standard with this particular package. It also offers keyless entry for further simplicity.
Want air conditioning, cruise control and rear parking sensors? The Maxus has got them. Alongside a comfortable, modern interior with all sorts of adjustable features so you can feel right at home in the driving seat.
Stepping into the Deliver 9 feels exactly as it should. Practical, heavy-duty and all set up for easy loading. This modern van feels like it's been built to withstand the test of time, and really, what more could you want from your next vehicle?
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