Pricing ranges from $35,990 (before on-road costs) for the two-wheel-drive base petrol to $47,990 for the 4x4 diesel Executive. We tested the $43,990 4x4 petrol Executive.
Pricing is the D90’s strong suit. It undercuts all of the aforementioned models by some margin and the Executive represents phenomenal value for money. For just under $44k, you get safety and comfort features that its rivals charge more than $50,000 for. The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport we recently reviewed still represents excellent value, but the LDV takes it to a new level.
The suite of safety gear, including the five-star ANCAP rating, sweetens the deal. There’s no shortage of tech and comfort features inside too, including a huge 12-inch infotainment screen, heated steering wheel and other luxuries.
In the metal, the LDV D90 is a handsome beast. It looks massive and a quick glance at its dimensions shows it’s bigger than its rivals inside and out. Those extra millimetres are noticeable in the cabin which feels airy and spacious with loads of leg, head and shoulder room in the front.
Soft-touch materials on the upper door and dash and a lovely steering wheel make for a semi-premium cabin, but faux woodgrain cheapens the look. The high-quality front seats with white stitching offer perfect support.
The dash layout is well considered, and the massive touchscreen is promising, but navigating the menu and connecting Bluetooth takes some getting used to. It’s not as intuitive as infotainment systems from Hyundai or Mazda.
Unfortunately, the D90 has a few quirks that are hard to ignore. The reversing camera display lags badly, the radio defers to louder volume when you turn the vehicle on even if it was low when turned off, there’s no digital radio, and the seatbelt warning goes off even when there are no occupants or obstructions on the second-row seats. It all puts a question mark over the D90’s overall quality.
The second seating row has unrivalled levels of occupant space. Passengers have access to climate control, decent door storage and plenty of glass ensuring high levels of visibility.
Entry to the third row is tricky for taller occupants and the space is tight once you’re in there but will likely be fine for children. Removing the second-row headrests makes it easier to slide the row further forward and get into the third row. The high ride height means it’s quite a step up into the vehicle for little ones. Both the second and third row have roof-mounted air vents.
With the spare wheel mounted under the rear of the vehicle, the third row folds flush into the boot floor, making for a massive cargo space. With all rows up it takes 343 litres, with the third row folded down it’s 1350 litres and with both rear rows stowed it’s 2382 litres. This is bigger than the Ford Everest (249/876/1796 litres depending on rows available) and considerably more than any of its key rivals.