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Maxus Deliver 9 Dropside Review

November 17th, 2022

The Maxus Deliver 9 Dropside at a Glance

The Maxus Deliver 9 Dropside provides a good value, cost-effective alternative to some of the large van sector’s frontrunners. It is an ideal choice for tradespeople, with dropside vans being some of the most durable on the market thanks to their high payload capacity and suitability for a wide range of applications. Whether you need to transport bulky items or simply want easier loading and unloading capabilities, the Maxus Deliver 9’s Dropside model might be the ideal solution.

As well as the Dropside variant, the Maxus Deliver 9 is available as a panel van. This model has been praised for its similarity to the infamous Ford Transit, offering a choice of one body length and two roof heights depending on requirements. Maxus also offer a Deliver 9 chassis cab variant in two different lengths, which may be of particular interest to commercial or trade customers looking for a tipper, luton, or dropside configuration.

Read on to learn more about the Maxus Deliver 9 Dropside, available now at Van Sales UK.

Engines and Spec

The Maxus Deliver 9 Dropside is powered by a new and improved 2-litre diesel engine, known internally as the SAIC Pi engine. Having been designed by Maxus themselves, this engine produces 163hp and 375Nm of torque and offers a much more powerful and more refined driving experience than the 2.5-litre VM Motori engine it replaced.

This van tends to require fairly regular gear changes and the six-speed manual gearbox can sometimes feel a little stiff and notchy, but the light steering might make up for this, particularly if you frequently drive on urban roads. The Maxus Deliver 9 also promises a smooth and comfortable ride, even without any cargo in the back – something that cannot be said of many large vans!

If you’re after the Dropside version of the Maxus Deliver 9, there are just two chassis cab options to choose from: the standard chassis and the long chassis. The first of these measures in at 6200mm in length, while the latter is 6680mm. Both offer a height of 2320mm, though there is more freedom when loading a Dropside model due to the lack of enclosed cargo space.

Another reason to choose a Dropside or other chassis cab-based variant over a panel van is that the maximum payload is often higher. The shorter chassis cab offers a maximum payload of 1520kg, while the longer wheelbase version’s maximum payload is 1480kg. Considering that the maximum payload of the panel vans ranges from 1110-1360kg, the Dropside is by far the better choice for those transporting large or heavy cargo.


The Maxus Deliver 9 provides comfort features and safety measures aplenty. While the Deliver 9 may not compete with higher ticket alternatives such as the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter on many fronts, it certainly stands its ground on this one.

The basic trim Maxus Deliver 9 allows passengers to pass the time with radio, plus auxiliary, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The Luxury trim level adds a splash of modernity with a touchscreen-enabled infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

This versatile van also offers comfort features like in-built air conditioning and an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat complete with an armrest. In spite of this, taller drivers may sometimes feel a little cramped in the 3-seater cab – something worth bearing in mind if you’re 6ft or taller.

In addition to this, the Maxus Deliver 9 has many ease-of-use features, including halogen headlights and tail lights, a multifunction steering wheel, lane departure warning, and a rear parking sensor. There is also a real emphasis on safety and convenience, with a rear fog lamp, cruise control, electric power steering, automatic emergency braking, and an intelligent anti-theft security system included as standard.

Pros & Cons


  • Exceptional value for money
  • Impressive safety features
  • Easy loading and unloading


  • Stiff and notchy transmission
  • More sophisticated equivalents are available
  • Limited choice of configurations

The Verdict

Though the Maxus Deliver 9 may not be fully kitted out with the very best engines or luxury technology you’d see in top-of-the-range vans, even the basic trim level offers plenty of attractive features and customisation options. Not only that, but this van promises reasonable handling, commendable engine power, and a comfortable ride every time.

In fact, there are few specifications that fall considerably short of the Maxus Deliver 9’s rivals. Let’s not forget that Maxus offers all of this at a fraction of the cost of its competitors, making it an exceptional choice for those who want a reliable, practical commercial van at great value for money.

To discover all the Maxus Deliver 9 Dropside has to offer, get in touch with Van Sales UK today. Whether you’re ready to secure your new van or just want to discuss your options, call us on 0117 428 7721 or send an email to


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