Maxus e Deliver 3 review

Category: Electric Van

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Where the EV80 felt like a cobbled together conversion of a diesel model, the e Deliver 3 is purposeful and to the point while crucially still being affordable. Price-wise, it’s costs around one-third less than the Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter or Mercedes-Benz eVito, and as such looks like good value. However, bear in mind that its residual value predictions aren't as attractive as those given for premium badged alternatives.

The range performance is also better than expected, so while the small battery's endurance might seem a bit limited, the larger battery has an excellent real-world range. The e Deliver 3 has a five-year 60,000 miles warranty, with a separate warranty that covers the batteries for eight years and 100,000 miles.

There’s no doubting that the e Deliver 3 is an ambitious attempt at an electric vehicle and one that contrasts starkly with SAIC’s only other previous large electric van on sale here, the LDV EV80. And, while there may be a few cosmetic details to iron out along with some technical bugs, but the basics of a decent and comfortable van are there.

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Overview

If you look at where electric vehicles have come from in the past five years to where they are now, it’s fair to say that – despite being a brand-new van - the e Deliver 3 is somewhere in the middle. Maxus’s bold ambitions to launch an affordable EV have required it to cut some corners. If you need an electric van but are on a budget it’s certainly appealing, but you can’t help but wonder what more investment and a slightly higher price tag might yield.

  • Great range
  • Engaging to drive
  • Good load volumes and payload
  • Verges on feeling cheap
  • Very limited storage
  • Some software issues

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