Maxus is LDV’s offering to the light commercial vehicles marker, first introduced in 2005 the van has become a favourite with UK companies such as the Royal Mail, Transco and numerous Police Force services. It comes with a 3 year 100,000 mile or a 4 year 120,000 mile manufacturer backed warranty, branded as the Maxus One. The extended warranty also comes with a roadside assist package which covers 24/7; 365 days a year roadside support and is valid for 2 years. Service intervals are set at 20,000 miles and the van has an insurance grouping of between 10 and 12 depending on the spec.
Performance wise, Maxus vans are fitted with 2.5 litre CDi common rail, direct injection, turbo charged, intercooled engines, which come in a choice of 95bhp, 120bhp and 135bhp. All 3 engines are up to scratch and powerful enough for comfortably carting light loads about, but if you are going to be carrying heavy loads onboard it’s worth paying the extra for the 120bhp model.
The Maxus offers a great load space with a choice of 3 roof heights 1505mm for the standard van, 1710mm for the mid-roof van and 1925mm for the hi-roof version. There are also two wheel base lengths a SWB 3100mm long, which has an internal load length of 2586mm and a LWB version which is 3850mm long and has an internal load length of 3355mm.
Both the LWB and SWB versions of the Maxus have an internal load width of 1770mm and a distance of 1385mm between the wheel arches. The Maxus is available in 3 gross vehicle weights 2.8, 3.2 and 3.5 tonne and is capable of carrying a payloads ranging from 917kg to a maximum of 1,616Kg. The vans interior volume ranges from 7.0m3 for the short wheel base version up to the maximum11.4m3for the hi-roof long wheel base model.
Access to the loading area is through a set of side hinged cargo doors that reach all the way up to the roof, are unglazed and cans be swung through 180°. There is also a nearside sliding cargo door that comes as standard with an optional offside sliding door. Optional extras for the loading area are full ply and half ply lining and if you require lashing eyes for strapping down your cargo you will also need to add them as optional extras.
The Maxus 3 man cab area is roomy with a 5 speed gear leaver mounted on the dashboard, which allow unrestricted access across the cab. On previous models of the Maxus the standard model driver’s seat only had fore and aft adjustment, if you required height or lumbar support adjustment its was available as an optional extra. With the steering wheel also having no form of adjustment this could make for uncomfortable long journeys. Thankfully all 2008 Maxus vans now have driver’s seat height adjustment as standard.
Unlike conventional cabs, designers of the Maxus have opted to centrally locate the instrument binnacle. This makes converting the vans from right to left hand drive at the factory a much simpler process. It’s something drivers will get used to much like dash mounted gear stick, but does cause an extra distraction from what should be a drivers main focus, ‘keeping their eyes on the road’.
One other peculiarity to note is the use of the glow plug light. Once the ignition is turned on a driver has to wait for the glow plug light on the dashboard to go off before they can fire up the engine. This is usually a 10-20 second period, enough time for the heating element similar to that in a toaster to build up enough heat to ignite the engine. It’s also a practice which is no longer used in most modern diesel engines and is likely to become an annoyance for van drivers who make frequent stops.
Storage space comes in the form of a small glove compartment box, a dashboard tray both behind the steering wheel and on the passenger’s side, a tray below the steering wheel and door pockets with bottle holders. There are also dual pop out drinks holder and an ashtray which are both a bit flimsy.
Standard 2008 models come equipped with a MP3/CD/Radio player, electric windows, remote central locking, electric adjustable heated mirrors, power steering, ABS and EBD, steel bulkhead and driver’s air-bag. There are also a wealth of optional extras to choose from including the MAXUS Platinum van package which includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, metallic paint and tinted windows