MAN launched its TGX range back in 2007 and has had great success with it since. The previous TGA model built up a solid reputation and the TGX added to this with a 440hp EGR Euro 5 engine.
The advertising campaign said ‘Add Nothing’ and the lack of requirement for AdBlue was certainly a good selling point, but MAN’s reputation for excellent engineering quality and strong back-up network undoubtedly played their part. There are bigger 480 and 540hp variants that do require addition of the blue stuff and some drivers have reported better fuel economy on those models. Taking the cost of the additive into consideration, though, the overall costs look pretty much the same.
The straight-six engine on the MAN TGX 26.440 6×2 boasts twin turbos and delivers a chunky 2,100Nm of torque between 1,000 and 1,400rpm. Maximum 440hp power arrives at 1,900rpm. The 12.4 litre common rail EDC engine is also reasonably quiet and contributes to a relaxed driving environment. A 430mm single-plate clutch sits at the rear of this engine, coupled to a Tipmatic 12-speed auto box. The MAN TGX 26.440 6×2 will pull away most of the time in third and sometimes in second, with the first cog rarely required at all. Automatic shifts are smooth and rapid and invariably arrive just at the right time.
Suspension is the usual front steel, rear air set-up, with parabolic springs, dampers and a stabiliser added up front. It is nicely set up on the MAN TGX 26.440 6×2 and delivers pretty good and predictable handling across most road surfaces. Power-assisted steering comes via a ZF8098 Servocom unit and is well weighted and accurate. Stopping power is delivered by a full air system with discs all round, ably assisted by an engine brake. This exhaust brake is operated via a right-hand steering column stalk and its graduated settings return predictable braking which accounts for some 90% of situations, keeping the main service units cool and ready for more serious work when required.
MAN’s mid-range cab is the XLX and is a common choice on this wagon. There is ample space for one driver on long hauls and two can be accommodated on the shorter runs. There is a good-quality, hard-wearing feel to this cab and it seems as if it is built to last. Headroom is good at 1,875mm. An ISRI driver’s seat, meanwhile, has plenty of easy-to-make adjustments and finding a good driving position should be no problem at all. Visibility is excellent too. Storage is plentiful, with the usual bins overhead and under the bunk and some interesting dashboard recesses. There are also sliding cup holders and a pull-out central drawer on the fascia, ideal for keeping paperwork safe but close to hand.
This truck combines strong engineering with excellent fuel economy and good productivity ratings, so sales have always been brisk. With excellent back-up and a reputation for reliability, there is no doubt that the TGX 26.440 6×2 will remain a shrewd second-hand choice for a few years to come.
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