What questions do you have about the 2024 GWM Tank 300?

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We are putting the Tank 300 four-wheel-drive through its paces long-term to see if it stands up as a good choice for Australian buyers.

Our latest long-term vehicle to join the team at Drive.com.au is the 2024 GWM Tank 300. It’s a five-seat four-wheel-drive wagon that feels similar to a Jeep Wrangler in many ways: it’s boxy, slab-sided and with broad fender arches over the wheels at each corner. The windscreen is flat, the headlights are round… you get the idea.

However, this GWM Tank 300 comes in at a significantly lower price in comparison to the American article, and is a new model from an up-and-coming brand – with something of a chequered history – in Australia.

For example, a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is priced from a startling $90,450 before on-road costs. Our Tank 300 Ultra is priced from $50,990 drive-away, around about half the price.

So, the Tank 300 is cheap. But is it any good?

There’s plenty of benefit for long-term testing of some vehicles, especially newcomers with a compelling – if not unique – proposition.

Our normal road tests of around one week typically uncover everything we need to know about a new entrant into the Australian automotive scene. But sometimes, along comes a vehicle that feels like it needs a bit more quality time. 

Key details 2024 GWM Tank 300 Ultra
Price $50,990 drive-away
Colour of test car Dusk Orange
Options Premium paint – $595
Drive-away price $51,585
Rivals Isuzu MU-X | Toyota Fortuner | Jeep Wrangler

And this is just one example. I’ve got one main question to ask: can this example stand up to regular four-wheel-driving and camping trips, long highway kilometres, and continue plugging away on its regular diet of commuting and chores?

Of course, that’s not all. There’s plenty more to find out about this Tank 300 in the meantime. And I’m particularly interested in fielding any questions from readers about this car while we have it. 

So if you have any questions, big or small, please fire them through and we will do our best to get back to you. 

What engine does the GWM Tank 300 have?

We have a GWM Tank 300 Ultra on a long-term basis, which is the more expensive trim level available. There’s also the Lux spec, which is priced from $46,990 drive-away, but our up-specced model costs $50,990 drive-away.

Under that clamshell bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 162kW and 380Nm. It runs through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and part time four-wheel-drive system.

There’s a low-range transfer case and locking differentials front and rear, similar to what you get on a Wrangler Rubicon, 70 Series LandCruiser GXL or 300 Series LandCruiser GR Sport.

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Key details 2024 GWM Tank 300 Ultra
Engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
Power 162kW @ 5500rpm
Torque 380Nm @ 1800–3600rpm
Drive type Part-time four-wheel drive
Transmission 8-speed torque converter automatic
Power-to-weight ratio 75.2kW/t
Weight (kerb) 2155kg
Spare tyre type Full-size
Tow rating 2500kg braked
750kg unbraked
Turning circle 12.0m

In terms of fuel economy so far, we have been averaging around 13 litres per 100 kilometres. This includes loaded highway driving over the Christmas period, commuting, off-roading and town driving. 

Standard equipment we like so far includes the 12.3-inch infotainment display, which is of good quality and has all of the bells and whistles like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The reverse-view camera and 360-degree camera system are good as well.  There’s a digital display of the same size in front of the driver, but it is a little more limited in terms of its functionality. 

For those who want more power and torque, you can look at the Tank 300 Hybrid which gets combined outputs of 255kW and 648Nm. However, the asking price gets pushed up by another $10,000, and fuel economy doesn’t seem to improve a whole lot (according to our initial tests).

So while there is always an argument for ‘more powerful equals better’, the decency of this non-hybrid powertrain begs the question of whether it’s really needed.

So far, we’ve been impressed by the general everyday decorum of the Tank 300, whose soft suspension and generous tyre sidewalls have proven able to cope with unruly rural tarmac as easily as they do the bumps and dips of suburban streets.

We feel some credit must go to the 265/60 R18 Michelin rubber on the Tank 300, which is shod over the 18-inch alloy wheels. They are quiet and compliant tyres, but also offer a good amount of grip in plenty of situations. 

And they’re not bad off-road, either. However, having locking differentials front and rear – along with a part-time four-wheel-drive system – locking all four wheels at the same speed and torque means wheel spin can be made nearly extinct in most regular four-wheel driving.

Is the GWM Tank 300 fuel-efficient?

We’ve already had this Tank 300 on the road for a few months now, and have racked up thousands of kilometres in that time. Firstly, we took the Tank 300 on many loaded-up highway runs over the Christmas period while travelling to meet family and friends all around the place. 

And by loaded, I mean two adults, three kids, and all of the associated gear one tends to bring with them on such a journey. You need to watch out in this regard as well, because payload can be an issue in the Tank 300.

We’ve also done plenty of town and highway driving otherwise, commuting to work and running errands around the suburbs. And of course, we’ve done our fair share of off-road driving: low-range, river crossings, hill climbs and muddy traverses.

In total, we have seen an average from the 2.0-litre petrol engine of 13.0L/100km – the official fuel consumption rating is 9.5L/100km.

What problems have we had with the Tank 300?

The major focus of this test is looking out for driveline problems, rattles, clunks, or anything out of the ordinary as the Tank 300 bounces between off-road drives, load-lugging runs and town commutes.

So far, so good in that regard. However, as we have spent so much time behind the wheel, we have noticed a few issues.

Firstly, the lane-keep assistance system on the Tank 300 is a difficult one to live with. On one hand, it feels quite overzealous reacting harshly as it jerks the wheel back towards the centre of the lane, even if you’re yet to cross any lines. Or at other times, it’s missing in action completely. 

Another common theme of complaint comes from the indicators. It’s a small detail, but one that can prove frustrating at times. In operation, the indicator stalk lacks the traditional detent as you push between a ‘soft’ push of temporary indication, and a harder push of keeping it permanently on.

It’s difficult to judge the difference between the two, and you can sometimes find yourself ping-ponging from left to right as you try to indicate, cancel, re-indicate, and generally become confused about what is happening. Indicators that click into left or right position don;t have this problem, but the ‘return to home’ stalk of the Tank 300 complicates things.

The low-speed reverse autonomous braking can be a bit too eager in some situations as well, somethines slamming on the brakes abruptly with no real hazard nearby.

What questions do you have about the GWM Tank 300?

While we’ve already put thousands of kilometres onto the odometer of this Tank 300 in the past few months, it’s also an initial look as a long-term vehicle. We’ll have more updates as we learn more about GWM’s off-roader.

And what we want to do is throw the floor open to our readers for questions. What do you want to know about the Tank 300 as an everyday driver, off-roader or family car? Let us know, either via social media or in the comments section below, and we will do our best to get you a meaningful answer.

Ratings Breakdown

2024 GWM Tank 300 Ultra Wagon

8.3/ 10

Sam Purcell

Sam Purcell has been writing about cars, four-wheel driving and camping since 2013, and obsessed with anything that goes brum-brum longer than he can remember. Sam joined the team at CarAdvice/Drive as the off-road Editor in 2018, after cutting his teeth at Unsealed 4X4 and Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures.

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