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The Maxus G10 is a spacious China-made MPV that will fit seven occupants with ease... and then some.

31 May 2018


If you think you've seen it all when it comes to Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), you haven't seen the Maxus G10. First unveiled at this year's Singapore Motor Show in January, the G10 is an MPV from leading Chinese automaker SAIC.

While the passenger car is the first for Maxus, the brand has been around in Singapore for a couple of years now - under authorised agent Cycle & Carriage - but in commercial vehicle version.

18-inch wheels do not look shabby on this huge car

What's so special about the Maxus then?

Other than its rather catchy alphanumeric moniker, the sheer size of the Maxus G10 should be enough to catch your eye. At 5,168mm x 1,980mm x 1,928mm (L x W x H), it is bigger than the already enormous Toyota Alphard all round.

As if that's not enough, the wheelbase of 3,198mm in the G10 supersedes the Alphard's 3,000mm. This immediately translates to a cabin that's ridiculously roomy.

The aisle between all three rows of benches is wide enough to have the last row occupants roll their luggage out without any fuss. And that's even when the second row occupants are seating with the leg rests up.

Buttons and controls are logically laid-out on the dash

Also fuss-free is the automatic sliding door system on both sides of the car that can be controlled via the centre console. Likewise for the tailgate, which can be opened with a kicking motion. But unlike other cars with a similar function, the hands-free operation of the tailgate is much easier to work with on the G10.

It seems China-made cars aren't that shabby after all

That said, the car isn't without faults. For starters, the massive size of the MPV means you'll have to take into consideration your parking location. With its height of over 1.9m, parking at most multi-storey carparks - especially older buildings - is impossible.

Sunroofs for rear passengers help make the cabin a bright and airy place to be in

Also, the seats do not fold flat like how most MPVs will. Then again, that may not be necessary, since the G10 has 2,500 litres of boot space available with all seven occupants in place. As a matter of fact, you can fit six golf bags standing up.

Driving this massive machine could be a problem, no?

On the go, the massive Maxus G10 is easier to handle than you would expect. Despite climbing into a position that's more van-like, where you sit higher and face a steering wheel that's placed lower, the MPV doesn't feel anything like a commercial vehicle.


Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the G10 punches out 215bhp and a generous dose of 330Nm of torque to the rear wheels. While the figures do well to impress on paper, you'd have to push the car higher up the revs before you feel the shove.

Steering wheel placement is a tad low but it's never uncomfortable

Once you're up to speed and piloting the car down long stretches of highway roads, it becomes quite easy to manage the car. Unlike the Alphard, there is never a time when you feel like you'll kerb the rims or scratch the sides due to a momentary bad judgement.

The very fact that you have a clear view of the road ahead and the car possesses an excellent turning radius further enhances your confidence when behind the wheel of the gigantic G10.

Three-pin power socket is available for your occupants to use

Still, you can never defy the law of physics with a car of this size. Body roll is inevitable and a fair amount of diving is clearly evident when braking.

Such an interesting proposition. Tell me if it's worth it.

It is undoubtedly an interesting thing, this car. And that's simply because it excels in what an MPV should. There's a high chance you won't be getting this car because it drives well or has high levels of dynamism. Instead, as an MPV, it's all about space and comfort and its ability to provide for your occupants.

2.0-litre turbocharged powerplant helps to produce 215bhp and 330Nm of torque

In that aspect, the $138,888 (as of 11th May 2018) Maxus G10 that you see here doesn't fail. It will bring you and your family from point to point in absolute comfort. The LED TV screen, six air-conditioning vents and even a three-pin power socket that is readily available for your rear passengers will see to that.

Like I said, if you think you've seen it all when it comes to MPV, you haven't seen the Maxus G10.
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Car Information

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Price

: $138,999

Engine Type

:

16-valve Dual DVVT Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1995cc

Horsepower

:

160kW (215 bhp) / 5000 rpm

Torque

:

330 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A) ZF

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

-

Top Speed

:

190km/h

Fuel consumption

:

8.5 km/L

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