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2022 LDV T60 review

The T60 has a bold exterior look.
EXPERT RATING
7.4
The LDV T60 just keeps getting better relative to its established competitors in the Aussie ute market. And we've answered some of the most common questions about this increasingly popular newcomer.

The LDV T60 remains a crucial part of the new wave of Chinese-built utes that has been rattling the cage of the contemporary ute market.

Whereas before Chinese-built utes had a reputation for sub-standard build quality (that’s being polite) and pretty much everything else onboard, they can no longer be dismissed so easily because many, if not all, of those previous problems have been ironed out.

The LDV T60 is a prime example of this, now with better build quality and ride and handling than in previous versions, as well as improved comfort levels, and plenty of standard features for what is competitive pricing in an increasingly expensive ute market.

It was also the first Chinese commercial vehicle to receive a maximum five-star ANCAP rating, so that’s worth noting.

The new LDV T60 Max has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine, which produces 160kW at 4000rpm and 500Nm from 1500-2400rpm, making it one of the most powerful four-cylinder diesel dual-cab utes in Australia, including the Ford Ranger 4x4 XL and Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR.

The power and torque figures produced by this motor also put this ute ahead of the likes of the Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan Navara, (all 140kW/450Nm), and put it a long way in front of its Chinese-built rival, GWM Cannon X (120kW/400Nm) – on paper at least.

Here is our special review on the LDV T60 range, which gathers together a stack of your FAQs and tackles them in one yarn. Read on.

    What do we love about the LDV T60?

    It’s nice to drive, comfortable, has the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, and is packed with features for the price. 

    What do we dislike?

    That price is creeping up at pace in the new range; no AEB is a glaring omission in terms of safety tech; and its multimedia system is not as simple to operate as those in other similarly priced or more expensive rivals.

    Does the LDV T60 have any common problems, issues or faults?

    We're yet to personally experience any problems with the LDV T60 during our testing and our T60 problems page has yet to highlight any engine problems, automatic transmission problems or suspension issues, but based on CarsGuide reader feedback there have been reports of the touchscreen not working, the ute being stuck in 4L (four-wheel-drive low-range), and some issues with brakes not properly functioning. For more details, refer to our problems pages.

    What features come standard with the LDV T60?

    The diesel-only five-seater MY18 LDV T60 is available in one body style – dual-cab – and two trim levels: Pro, aimed at tradies, and Luxe, aimed at the dual-purpose or family recreation market. 

    From launch, the four options were Pro manual, Pro automatic, Luxe manual and Luxe automatic – all manual gearboxes and automatic transmissions were six-speed

    MY18 TD60s are powered by a 2.8-litre common-rail turbo-diesel engine.

    The ute’s standard features in Pro form include a 10.0-inch colour touchscreen. (Image: Glen Sullivan)
The ute’s standard features in Pro form include a 10.0-inch colour touchscreen. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    It is also available as a Mega Tub, which is based on the T60 Luxe dual cab variant. The Mega Tub’s tray that is 275mm longer than its non-stretched stablemates, and, as such, offers about the same amount of tray length that you’d find in a space-cab ute, but in a dual-cab ute.

    The ute’s standard features in Pro form include cloth seats, a 10.0-inch colour touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic height-adjusting headlights, 4WD with high and low range, 17-inch alloys with a full-sized spare, side steps, and roof rails.

    From launch, safety gear included six airbags, two ISOFIX child-seat restraint attachment points in the rear seat, recovery points, as well as a raft of passive and active safety tech including ABS, EBA, ESC, reversing camera and rear parking sensors, 'Hill Descent Control', 'Hill Start Assist', and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.

    Above and beyond that, the top-spec Luxe gets leather seats and a leather-bound steering wheel, six-way electrically adjustable and heated front seats, automatic climate control and a 'Smart Key' system with start/stop, as well as an automatic locking rear differential (diff lock) as standard.

    The top-spec Luxe gets electrically adjustable and heated front seats. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The top-spec Luxe gets electrically adjustable and heated front seats. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    The Pro has a multi-bar headboard to protect the rear window; the Luxe has a polished chrome sports bar. Both models have roof rails as standard.

    The Trailrider 2 auto’s standard features list includes a 10.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay (but no Android Auto), 19-inch black alloy wheels, selectable four-wheel drive, an on-demand rear diff lock, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and a 360-degree view camera. 

    It also gets a nudge bar, black alloys, side steps, roof rails, sports bar and ‘Trailrider’ branding on the tailgate.

    It does not have front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, or AEB.

    The new MY22 LDV T60 Max Luxe auto, the most recent of our LDV T60 tests, has a standard features list that includes a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen (with Apple CarPlay or Bluetooth smart phone connectivity), six-way electronically adjustable leather trim seats (in the Luxe), LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, 360-degree panoramic camera view, lane departure warning, and a rear differential lock.

    17-inch alloys and a full-sized spare tyre come standard. (Image: Glen Sullivan) 17-inch alloys and a full-sized spare tyre come standard. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    Safety gear includes six airbags, 'Electronic Brake Assist' (EBA), 'Electronic Brakeforce Distribution' (EBD), and 'Hill Descent Control.'

    What features can you upgrade?

    LDV Automotive has launched a range of accessories including light bar, rubber floor mats, polished alloy nudge bars, sports bar, tow bar, ladder rack, colour-matched canopies, tonneau covers (soft and hard), as well as black pack (nudge bar, side steps, and sports bar) and more. 

    LDV does not offer a bullbar, snorkel, bash plate, or off-road tyres for the T60, but those can be easily found in Australia’s aftermarket.

    When considering any potential aftermarket additions to your LDV T60, make sure the upgrades or accessories won’t make your vehicle unsafe or illegal to drive, or adversely affect your vehicle’s warranty.

    Does the LDV T60 have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

    Yes, the LDV T60 has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    The LDV T60 gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The LDV T60 gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    Are there any must have accessories?

    Just take a look at our response to the question “What features can you upgrade?” for a good idea of what’s available and what you should look for.

    Really, you can add a stack of stuff to an LDV T60, from floor mats to bull bars, but as always, make sure that your planned mod is legal and does not adversely affect your warranty.

    How much does a LDV T60 cost?

    At MY18 launch time, the base-spec LDV T60 Pro, the manual, was $30,516 (drive-away); the Pro automatic was $32,621 (drive-away), the Luxe manual $34,726 (drive-away), and the Luxe automatic $36,831 (drive-away). ABN holders were asked to pay $28,990 (for the Pro manual), $30,990 (Pro auto), Luxe manual ($32,990) and Luxe automatic ($34,990).

    The new LDV T60 Max Luxe auto has a drive away price tag of $42,621 for non-ABN holders. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The new LDV T60 Max Luxe auto has a drive away price tag of $42,621 for non-ABN holders. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    Pricing for LDV T60 cab-chassis variants was initially $25,253 drive-away or $23,990 drive-away for ABN holders for the 2WD; or $28,411 drive-away, or $26,990 for ABN holders for the 4WD version.

    Power in both models comes from a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine making 110kW and 360Nm, hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox. The ute will tow three tonnes – 1.3 tonnes more than the Great Wall Steed cab-chassis – and boasts a 1255kg or 1145kg payload in 4WD and 2WD guise, respectively.

    The MY20 line-up buyers have two core variants to choose from; the Pro and the Luxe. Both are in dual-cab form only and come with part-time four-wheel drive only. Manual and automatic are available. 

    The LDV T60 2020 prices range from $28,450 for the T60 Pro (4X4) to $44,990 for the T60 Trailrider 2 (4X4).

    The five-seat dual-cab Trailrider 2 is available with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual variant is priced from $39,990 drive-away and $37,990 drive-away for ABN holders. 

    The auto variant, which we tested in mid-2020, is priced from $42,095 drive-away and $39,990 drive-away for ABN holders.

    The new T60 Max range starts with the Pro Manual at $33,990, followed by the Pro Automatic $35,990, Luxe Manual $38,490 and Luxe Automatic at $40,490. All costs are drive-away for ABN holders. 

    The new LDV T60 Max Luxe auto, which is the T60 we have most recently driven, has a drive away price tag of $42,621 for non-ABN holders.

    What are the key stats and specs of the LDV T60 engine?

    From their 2017 launch, all MY2018 LDV T60s had a 2.8-litre common-rail turbo-diesel engine, producing 110kW at 3400rpm and 360Nm from 1600rpm-2800rpm with a choice of manual or automatic transmission – both six-speed.

    In MY20 a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine – producing 120kW@4000rpm and 375Nm@1500-2400rpm – was introduced to the range. In terms of on-paper figures, it improved on the previous gen’s 2.8-litre engine.

    The new T60 range includes the introduction of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The new T60 range includes the introduction of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    The big news now is the engine specs for the new T60 range include the introduction of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine, which produces 160kW at 4000rpm and 500Nm from 1500-2400rpm, and is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    Those power and torque figures produced by this motor put this ute ahead of the likes of the Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan Navara, (all 140kW/450Nm), and put it a long way in front of the GWM Cannon X (120kW/400Nm) – on paper at least.

    The 120kW single-turbo 2.0-litre diesel engine from before will continue to be offered, with six-speed manual gearbox or automatic transmissions, and in rear- or four-wheel drive variants.

    How does the LDV T60 interior look & feel?

    The interior of the LDV T60 is nice, neat and tidy, well put-together and easy to spend time in.

    Check out some of our interior photos from previous LDV T60 reviews and you’ll see what I mean.

    Obviously, the Pro and Luxe cabins differ, in that those trim levels are aimed at meeting the needs of two different, although not mutually exclusive, markets: tradies (Pro) and families (Luxe).

    The interior of the LDV T60 is nice, neat and tidy. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The interior of the LDV T60 is nice, neat and tidy. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    The Pro leans more towards the working life (durable cloth and tough plastic surfaces), whereas the Luxe has more of a prestige feel to it (albeit on a budget).

    As with anything, the more money you spend on something, the better the materials used (including leather trim, etc).

    The Luxe has more of a prestige feel to it (albeit on a budget). (Image: Glen Sullivan) The Luxe has more of a prestige feel to it (albeit on a budget). (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    What canopy options are available for the LDV T60?

    LDV offers a colour-matched 'Carry Boy Canopy' for its T60 utes. The canopy has central locking to all windows – and those windows lift up using rotary locks in stainless steel. The canopy has a spoiler with integrated LED lamp, and an interior LED lamp.

    It is fitted to the ute via a 'Kwick Klamp' system which apparently requires no drilling into the ute’s tub and as a result, LDV reckons, it is easy to put on and take off.

    What tray options are available for the LDV T60?

    The LDV T60 is available as a dual cab ute with a tub/tray, a Mega Tub (same thing, just bigger), or as a single cab cab chassis.

    LDV offers colour-coded fibreglass hard lids, soft tonneau cover, or roller covers for the tubs.

    If you can’t find what you want through LDV, you can always tap onto the expertise of the Aussie aftermarket, which is sure to be full of top-quality tray options for T60s.

    The LDV T60 is available as a dual cab ute with a tub/tray, a Mega Tub, or as a single cab cab chassis. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The LDV T60 is available as a dual cab ute with a tub/tray, a Mega Tub, or as a single cab cab chassis. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    What cab options are available for the LDV T60?

    How much storage space does the LDV T60 have?

    The tray in the LDV T60 is listed as 530mm high (at centreline of axle), 1510mm long, and it is 1510mm wide, 1131mm wide between the wheel arches and it's 1430mm wide at the rear. 

    The tray in the LDV T60 Max (MY22) is 1485mm long, 1510mm wide and 1131mm wide between the wheel arches.

    The T60 has roof rails as standard, but a roof rack/roof bars, which fit to the roof rails, are available through LDV as genuine accessories. 

    A good set of roof racks add a bit more loadability to any ute. 

    The tray in the LDV T60 Max (MY22) is 1485mm long, 1510mm wide and 1131mm wide between the wheel arches. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The tray in the LDV T60 Max (MY22) is 1485mm long, 1510mm wide and 1131mm wide between the wheel arches. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    Note: roof racks/roof bars have a maximum load capacity – that is, the manufacturer’s recommended weight limit – and the LDV products have a maximum load capacity of 100kg “spread evenly over all bars”, according to LDV.

    Payload in LDV T60s range from 815kg in the T60 Luxe (auto), 868kg in the Mega Tub, 995kg in the T60 Pro (auto) and 1025kg in the T60 Pro (manual).

    What is the LDV T60 towing capacity?

    Unbraked towing capacity is 750kg; braked towing capacity is 3000kg for all new bi-turbo models, when fitted with a tow bar.

    Is the LDV T60 4x4 and can you use it off-road?

    There are 2WD variants available but the LDV T60 4x4 has a part-time 4WD system and, because of its body dimensions, wheelbase length, off-road angles and showroom-standard tyres, it is best suited to light- to medium-duty off-roading, although, if driven with care by someone with 4WD experience, it could tackle more difficult terrain.

    Some of its off-road weaknesses could easily be sorted out – or at least tempered – with a decent set of all-terrain tyres and a 2.0-inch lift – an easy purchase via Australia’s 4WD aftermarket sector.

    The LDV T60 is best suited to light- to medium-duty off-roading. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The LDV T60 is best suited to light- to medium-duty off-roading. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    What is the LDV T60's ground clearance?

    The LDV T60 has listed ground clearance of 215mm, but a 2.0-inch aftermarket lift kit will boost that.

    What colours is the LDV T60 available in?

    The LDV T60 is available in 'Metal Black', 'Jewel Blue', 'Lava Grey', 'Agate Red' and 'Blanc White.' 

    How much does the LDV T60 cost to service?

    Is LDV T60 reliable?

    We’ve had no problems during our testing phases – and those are sometimes conducted on- and off-road – but admittedly we don’t have the vehicles for much longer than a week at a time.

    Check out our T60 problems pages for any potential or actual issues that owners have experienced.

    Where can you download the LDV T60 owner's manual?

    Good question. I reckon go straight to the source – LDV Automotive, or at least an Australian representative, or better yet, the authorised dealer – rather than risk downloading an owner’s manual from a potentially risky website.

    Does the LDV T60 have a manual or automatic transmission?

    The MY18 and MY20 LDV T60s have a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission.

    The new T60 line-up’s flagship variant, the Max, has an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    What are the dimensions of the LDV T60?

    The LDV T60 is available in two body types: Standard (5365mm long on a 3155mm wheelbase, and 2145mm wide), and Mega Tub, with a 5680mm-long body on a 3470mm wheelbase.

    Kerb weight for the new LDV T60 Max is listed as 2150kg. Kerb weight for the new LDV T60 Max is listed as 2150kg.

    The Pro spec T60 is 1852mm high and the Luxe spec T60 is 1887mm high. 

    Kerb weight is 1950kg (Pro manual), 1980kg (Pro auto), 1995kg (Luxe manual) and 2060kg (Luxe auto). 

    Kerb weight for the new LDV T60 Max is listed as 2150kg.

    How many years and km does the warranty last?

    The new LDV T60 range launches with a five year/130,000km (whichever occurs first) warranty, and five year/130,000km (whichever occurs first) roadside assist.

    The new LDV T60 range launches with a five year/130,000km warranty. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The new LDV T60 range launches with a five year/130,000km warranty. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    What is the fuel tank capacity of the LDV T60?

    The original LDV T60 has a 75-litre fuel tank.

    The T60 we most recently drove, the new LDV T60 Max, has a 73-litre fuel tank.

    If you’re planning to use your LDV T60 as a bush-and-beach tourer, you might want to think about bolstering its driving range with a long range fuel tank.

    What is the LDV T60's fuel consumption?

    Official fuel consumption for the MY18 LDV T60 was 8.8L/100km for the manual, and 9.6L/100km for the auto.

    Official fuel consumption for the MY20 LDV T60 Luxe 4x4 (auto) was 9.6L/100km on a combined cycle.

    Official fuel consumption for the LDV T60 Mega Tub was 9.6L/100km on a combined cycle.

    Official fuel consumption for the MY20 LDV T60 Trailrider 2 was 8.5L/100km on a combined cycle. 

    Official fuel consumption for the new LDV T60 with a bi-turbo diesel engine is 9.2L/100km (manual), and 9.3L/100km (auto) on a combined cycle.

    Is the LDV T60 an EV?

    No, the LDV T60 is not an EV.

    Does the LDV T60 have a dual battery system?

    No, the LDV T60 does not have a dual battery system.

    How good is the LDV T60's sound system and infotainment set-up?

    The multimedia touch screen covering the radio and other functions is big and it’s all generally easy enough to use – kind of okay, kind of counter-intuitive – but, if anecdotal evidence and FAQs are anything to go by, some people are having real problems with the unit in their T60 glitching, or blacking out.

    The image on the screen is a bit muddy-looking and is also prone to being affected by mottled light – the kind you spend a lot of time in when you’re in the bush.

    The image on the screen is a bit muddy-looking. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The image on the screen is a bit muddy-looking. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    What is the LDV T60 safety rating?

    The LDV T60 has the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, as a result of testing in 2017. 

    As standard, its safety gear and driver-assist tech includes six airbags, 'Electronic Brake Assist', 'Hill Descent Control', rear parking sensors, a 360-degree panoramic camera view, lane departure warning, and more. It does not have AEB.

    The LDV T60 has the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, as a result of testing in 2017. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The LDV T60 has the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, as a result of testing in 2017. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    Which version of the LDV T60 is the best?

    From launch, for work-and-play versatility, the Luxe auto was the pick of the bunch; you get all the standard kit with a few nifty add-ons, including on-demand rear diff lock, chrome door handles and door mirrors, sports bar and more.

    More recently, by comparison Trailrider 2, and the new T60 Max models have presented themselves as worthy buys in the T60 line-up.

    How fast is the LDV T60?

    The MY20 LDV T60 Luxe (auto) has the power to sprint from 0-100km/h in just under 13 seconds.

    Who makes the LDV T60?

    SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, claimed to be the largest automotive manufacturer in China, owns the LDV marque and makes the LDV T60 in China.

    How does the LDV T60 feel to drive?

    At its launch in the final quarter of 2017, the LDV T60 was generally okay, with an unstressed 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel never seeming to struggle; adequate, if unspectacular, ride and handling, precise steering, overzealous ABS, and a blind-spot monitoring system in one of the test vehicles which reportedly failed to alert its driver to the presence of a passing vehicle during the launch. 

    The T60 Max is very punchy off the mark. (Image: Glen Sullivan) The T60 Max is very punchy off the mark. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    Since then, after engine and transmission upgrades and the introduction of an Aussie-tuned suspension set-up, the LDV T60 has improved significantly in terms of everything.

    The T60 Max, the new range’s flagship variant, is very punchy off the mark and during overtaking moves because it has one of the most powerful and torquiest engines in the Australian ute market.

    The suspension tunes – heavy duty for the Pro and comfort for the Luxe – have been calibrated to suit Australian roads and conditions. 

    After  the introduction of an Aussie-tuned suspension set-up, the LDV T60 has improved significantly. (Image: Glen Sullivan) After the introduction of an Aussie-tuned suspension set-up, the LDV T60 has improved significantly. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    Is there anything unique about the LDV T60's design?

    Not really, but it has been refreshed a fair bit and brought up to date so it’s now closer to being in line with other more expensive brands, in terms of all-round styling. 

    The T60 Max, the new range’s hero variant, has quite a bold exterior look about it, with a massive black grille – the sides of which look a lot like they’ve had the Mitsubishi Triton Dynamic Shield treatment – and also, if you use your imagination, you can see hints of the new HiLux in there, and along the side, you’ll catch a glimpse of some Ford Ranger styling influence.

    At the rear, large 'T60 Max' branding is moulded into plastic cladding on the tailgate. (Image: Glen Sullivan) At the rear, large 'T60 Max' branding is moulded into plastic cladding on the tailgate. (Image: Glen Sullivan)

    It has big wheel arches, high-performance alloy wheels, and chrome door mirrors.

    At the rear, large ’T60 Max’ branding is moulded into plastic cladding on the tailgate.

    Verdict 7.4/10

    Is the LDV T60 a good car?

    The LDV T60 is a good ute, especially for the price, even though it'd be an even better value proposition if it were a few grand cheaper. 

    At launch, it was well priced, brimming with standard features, and displayed a marked improvement in build quality, fit and finish and all-round drivability over previous versions of Chinese-built utes. 

    It’s comfortable enough on-road – but it’s not the most refined ute around – and it’s capable enough off-road.

    Now, after engine and transmission upgrades and the introduction of its Walkinshaw-tuned suspension, the LDV T60 has been significantly improved.

    In the cheaper realm of the dual-cab ute market, the LDV T60 is a rather appealing potential buy.

    Marcus Craft
    Expert Rating
    Editor - Adventure
    7.4

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