Reviewed for you: LDV T60
The Chinese-made LDV T60 Luxe is a well-appointed dual cab ute with plenty of gear even though its price is extremely competitive against rival utes. Like any Chinese carmaker these days we can expect plenty of research and development to push progress along swiftly, even though there’s plenty that LDV’s latest ute does well already.
What’s the price and what do you get?
Pricing for the LDV T60 Luxe automatic starts at $37,331 driveaway (Not even ‘plus on-road costs’!). For that, you get a lot of equipment as standard, such as leather seats, a leather steering wheel, keyless entry with push-button start ignition, electric six-way adjustable seats, and heating for the front pews. There’s also automatic climate control, automatic adaptive headlights, 360-degree birdseye view cameras and a massive 10.0-inch infotainment display system in the centre of the dash that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There’s also a proper 4WD system with high and low range and an automatic locking rear differential. In 2020 models, there’s updated suspension tuning across the range.
What’s the interior like?
For a young competitor in the market at what is a cheap price, the LDV has a slick cabin with plenty of design flair. Silver accentuates the centre console, and the 10.0-inch touchscreen is huge for a ute in this segment. Unfortunately, the angle it is on means it can sometimes be hard to see in direct sunlight, including the reversing camera and birds-eye view monitoring. However, it works fine and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto bolster its useability.
The seats are nice too, although some might appreciate extra side bolstering. The rear seats are good, and there’s charging ports throughout for USB and 12v socket connections.
What’s the passenger space like?
It’s spacious inside, and there’ll be no space issues for tradies piling in. In fact, the rear seat offers great legroom for six-foot-tall passengers.
The centre console is large, and just about every area where there was room for putting something has been made even larger – map pockets, cup holders, storage bins, glovebox and door pockets.
In the back, the standard tray – which is about the average size for the segment – can be optioned to a mega tub (LDV T60 Mega Tub). This add 275mm length which is about equivalent to a longer space cab tray. With this option, the tray is huge, measuring a 1800mm long, 1510mm wide (1131mm between wheel arches) and 530mm deep.
What’s under the bonnet?
The engine is an LDV-produced, VM Motori-designed 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, producing 110kW at 3400rpm and 360Nm at 1600-2800rpm. The power and torque outputs are not particularly inspiring, and it isn’t as smooth and powerful as class leaders. That said, it’s adequate and works fine even with some load in the back – or towing – but is limited to a 3.0-tonne braked towing capacity.
The six-speed automatic transmission mated to the T60 Luxe does the job, too, and is a good replacement for the manual transmission.
What’s it like on the road?
The Luxe has a lighter spring load (double wishbones at the front and leaf springs at the rear) compared to the Pro model, which means it has a comfier ride but slightly reduced payload capacity, down from the almost-one-tonne 995kg rating to 815kg.
It’s pretty well resolved for road comfort, though like just about any high-riding dual-cab ute it has some bump and wiggle on corrugations when unladen. What is beneficial is the 360-degree birdseye view camera system which makes parking and city driving much easier.
Off-road, 215mm ground clearance helps when in low-range gear on tough scraggly tracks and through the mud. The standard highway tyres aren’t much chop for serious off-roading, but a set of decent all-terrain tyres will fix that. The part-time four-wheel-drive system can operate when moving, too.
For modest on- and off-roading, the LDV is perfectly fine, and for harder work, it will only be limited by the 3-tonne towing capacity. Off-road, it should be no problem for most tasks.
What about safety?
The LDV T60 has a relatively recent five-star ANCAP safety rating.
It comes equipped with six airbags, lane-departure alert, blind-spot monitoring, although automated emergency braking is not yet available.
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