December 12, 2016
The Iveco Daily is one of the most unique vans in the UK market, in part due to the fact that it doesn’t share a platform with any other van – something that is rare in today’s market.
It may be the smallest vehicle in truck manufacturer Iveco’s catalogue but that counts for nothing. The Iveco Daily is a large panel van and one of the only LCVs to use a ladder-frame chassis, as opposed to the unibody construction found in most large panel vans.
The result is a versatile foundation for specialist conversions as well as class-leading payload capacities. The chassis can be adjusted in accordance with individual load-carrying requirements, meaning that strengthening can be removed on smaller models to save weight. In the same way it can be added to larger models to increase payload capacity. Iveco have even managed to lower the loading height of the van to produce a platform that’s lower than that of its rear-wheel drive competitors. Optional air suspension allows you to lower the loading sill further, bringing the Iveco daily in line with the top front-wheel drive rivals.
It may be unique in terms of its chassis but the Iveco Daily’s engine range is shared with the front-wheel drive versions of Fiat’s Ducato. There are a total of two engines with nine different power outputs, ranging from the entry-level 105PS right up to the top-end 202PS. There are also many options which are now commonplace in the van market, like start-stop technology and an ‘EcoSwitch’, both of which reduce fuel consumption. Combining the two lowers fuel consumption by 14%, according to Iveco.
Iveco claims that there are over 8,000 different combinations for the Daily van, thanks to the versatility of its framework. The panel van variant is available in three heights – the tallest of which is a massive 2100mm – enough for even a tall person to stand up and move around in the load area.
If the reason you are looking at a large van is for heavy-duty load carrying, then the Iveco Daily is probably the best van for you. Both payloads and load volumes are ‘best-in-class’, with a payloads up to 1800kg (models up to 3.5t GVW) and load volumes up to 19.6 cubic metres.
The new ‘quad-leaf’ front suspension improves handling, comfort and dynamic response, ensuring maximum stability even in the event of sudden swerves with a full load. The suspension uses a quadrilateral system with double swing arm and leaf spring – hence the name – ensuring excellent vehicle control, top strength and high performance. A curb to curb turning circle of 10.5m is the best in its class.
As is the case with many manufacturers, Iveco have designed the cabin to resemble that of a passenger car. The driving position is lower than you’d expect, thanks to the lower H-point of the driver’s seat (15mm) while the steering wheel is smaller than previous models and the windscreen is 40mm larger. All of these modifications combine to create a more ergonomic, car-like experience.
The standard fittings of the Iveco Daily include ESP, Remote central locking, dual passenger seat, electric windows, power steering and thermal windows. Pretty much everything you’d expect of a new van. Optional extras include cruise control, fog lights, air conditioning, rear parking sensor, twin sliding side doors, full-opening rear door (270 degrees), Ecoswitch, Start/stop, alloy wheels, rear camera, and a radio with MP3, Bluetooth and steering wheel mounted controls.
The pick of the optional features is Iveconnect, Iveco’s new telematics system for the Daily panel van. It provides real-time monitoring of vehicle performance and location, with a colour screen display that relays the information to the driver. Iveconnect incorporates a driving style evaluation (DSE) feature, which ranks good driving practices and fuel efficient driving allowing the driver to adjust and monitor their own driving habits. This gamification enables the driver to try and improve their score, promoting best practice and good driving habits.