LDV has rationalised its SUV offering and claims it’s now the best value family 7-seater in the country.

The Chinese-made D90 now comes in two grades, both with an auto, and the better spec’d Executive with the option of all-wheel drive, with prices starting from $35,990 driveaway — $1000 less than before.

“Nothing in its segment comes close, particularly the range-topping D90 Executive, in terms of value for money, space, equipment, comfort and safety.” says LDV’s Dinesh Chinnappa.

The D90’s safety story is certainly a strong one, a full suite of safety systems and a five-star crash rating from ANCAP.

Auto emergency braking, blind spot warning and lane departure warning are all standard, along with traffic sign recognition which automatically identifies road speed limits and shows them in the instrument display.

But what you save on the deal, you could more than likely pay for in fuel — as the D90 is still offered only with a petrol engine.

No sign of a diesel, although we’re told to be patient.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine produces 165kW of power and 350Nm of torque, the latter from 2500 to 3500 rpm.

But it will suck a minimum of 10.2 litres of fuel for every 100km travelled or 10.6L with the heavier, thirstier all-wheel drive version — expect more than those figures in real world driving.

The all-wheel drive system also includes an electronic diff lock and the driver can select between rock, mud, sand or snow modes.

“The D90 is a critical component of our brand’s growth and journey,” says Chinnappa. “With this realigned pricing, the D90 now sets new benchmarks when it comes to value-for-money motoring, allowing us to build and prepare for even more exciting developments on this vehicle in 2020.

“Put simply, the LDV D90 lets families get more out of life.”


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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