[YesAuto original test drive] Remember Landwind X8? Car home once tested the gasoline version of this car series last year. Its huge body size and comparatively low difficulty to get started have left a good impression on everyone. Today I test a model equipped with a 2.5-liter diesel engine. For those who like to try their skills on offroad roads, I believe the torque output of up to 340 Nm will be more in line with their appetite.

There is no essential difference in appearance and interior

There is no essential difference between the exterior and interior trim. There is no essential difference between the diesel version and the gasoline version. The difference is only in the details of energy saving-the instrument cluster is the most prominent part. The speed of a diesel engine is far less than that of a gasoline engine, and 4,500 rpm has already jumped into the red line area. If you step on 6,000 rpm, it will burst.

X8 uses a higher chassis, so the exterior design of the body looks full of hard-core off-road atmosphere, and some details of the portrayal have borrowed from a lot of popular fashion elements, and the traces of imitating the interior are more obvious, but This approach is commonplace in this age of compatibility.

The core change is still to be spied under the hood. There is a VM diesel engine. In the eyes of many off-road enthusiasts, the status of the diesel engine is much higher than that of the gasoline engine, and its driving performance is what I care about. Just give it a try and you will know how it is performing.

Introduction to diesel engine and gearbox

The performance of the VM diesel engine on the X8 should be expected to be quite expected. The maximum power is 105kW/4000rpm and the peak torque is 340N·m/2000rpm. Compared with the gasoline engine, its peak power output timing is much earlier. The powerful torque output also provides a guarantee for the performance of the vehicle on offroad sections.

We have already contacted the five-speed manual gearbox before. The lateral stroke is too long, and the jerky feeling of entering the gear is also obvious. In actual driving, you have to make a large amount of movement to switch gears smoothly, but this The slightly rough temperament appears on the diesel version of the model, but it seems more suitable.

Actual driving performance

In daily driving, the power output of the engine before 2000 rpm may not satisfy you, and the whole atmosphere is a little bland. There is a low “snoring” peculiar to diesel engines in the engine compartment, which also clearly signals you. , Indicating that it is far from entering the state.

Gradually increase the intensity of the foot, the throttle response is still not positive enough, and the tachometer is always gradually climbing at its own pace. After 2000 rpm, the peak torque of 340 Nm began to explode. Even if the curb weight is already close to 1.9 tons, enough torque output can still allow the body to accelerate forward with a steady attitude. It's just that the noise of the engine has also found its state at this time. If you don't close the windows, it will affect the conversation in the car.

Although it is the same as the gasoline version, the steering system of the X8 must be mentioned here. Its steering ratio is larger than set, and the number of steering wheel turns is about 4.4 turns. This can be regarded as an advantage on off-road sections, while driving on ordinary paved roads is a bit troublesome. You need to turn more directions in the corners. Fortunately, the steering assistance is large enough to effectively reduce the burden on the arms.

In the test drive section, there is a tens of kilometers of winding mountain road. The undulating uphill road and intricate corners seem to make the diesel engine find a stage to play. Under the deep throttle, ample power is generated, and the large torque output will also show its due strength. It should be noted that if you are driving on a steep uphill section, you must be willing to step on the accelerator to ensure the speed. Once the pointer drops below 2000 rpm, the diesel engine will still be weak.

For people like me who are used to driving gasoline cars, suddenly driving a diesel car is really uncomfortable. The speed range of the best working condition of the diesel engine is not very wide, so you need to switch gears more frequently to adjust the speed to get the best power output. Specific to the X8, if a relatively positive dynamic response is required, it is best to control the speed at about 3000 rpm. At this time, a good balance can be achieved between torque and power, and the dynamic performance of the body can keep up with the driver's rhythm.

Summary

In all fairness, the VM engine of the X8 has made significant progress in terms of ride comfort and noise suppression, and you can see it immediately by driving a JMC Transit next to it. But if you want to compare it with a gasoline engine, it obviously has room for improvement. The reason for choosing the X8 diesel version is of course not its comfort in terms of comfort, but the diesel engine's power output-especially the advantage of torque output.

So this is not a simple question of who will fail 100 points, but a question of choice of lifestyle and attitude. Choosing the gasoline version of X8, you get better comfort and more comprehensive practicality, and those who like to go to the wild to compete with various washboard roads may still prefer the pleasure brought by diesel engines, even if they need to endure It's rugged and informal.