Iveco Daily Van Review
Since emerging on the market in 1978, the Iveco Daily has always been a little bit different. Unlike its large van rivals, which are typically built out of an all-in-one structure, the Iveco Daily uses a separate chassis with a body bolted atop of it. This means that it is particularly strong – with a gross vehicle weight of up to 7.2 tonnes, a far higher rating than any other large van – the perfect solution for transporting very heavy loads.
Of course, the Daily’s unique design draws on Iveco’s background as a truck manufacturer. The third generation first launched in 2014, and after a thorough update in 2019, the 2022 model has made comfort its priority. The addition of the Amazon Alexa, enhanced seats and a highly advanced all-round air-suspension system reflect the expertise of a manufacturer who fundamentally understands the long-distance life of a truck driver.
The regular Iveco Daily models contain either a 2.3 litre or 3.0 litre four-cylinder diesel engine, with power output ranging from 116hp through to 210hp. However, Iveco also offers an alternative fuel vehicle: the 136hp Daily Natural Power – which runs on natural gas. All engines are available with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or an optional eigh-speed Hi-Matic automatic gearbox at an extra cost. The only exceptions are the 150/160 3.0 litre engine, which is manual only, and the 210 engine which is automatic as standard.
The electronically variable-geometry turbo engine – the first to be added to a van – provides seamless performance. The electronic control offers far more speed and precision than the previous pneumatically controlled variable-geometry turbo engines could ever manage. This means that you get a much quicker engine response, as well as the promise of improved fuel efficiency.
As a very heavy van, the Iveco Daily is not the smoothest ride, and actually feels rather bumpy at times. When weight is added to the back, however, there is a definite improvement, with only the very worst road bumps register in the cab.
Although the interior quality of the Daily has unfortunately not improved much from previous models, there have been some modifications. So while the dashboard shape and standard of fit and finish remain quite average, it is made up for by a new steering wheel, the addition of a central TFT display to the instrument cluster and a Hi-Connect infotainment system.
Interestingly, the Daily’s new steering wheel is not only smaller, but also no longer round. With a square bottom to improve legroom and flattened sides for increased grip, it’s certainly a unique design. Once you’ve got the hang of it, however, you’ll probably find that the steering feels more responsive. What’s more, the wheel is double adjustable – it can be moved up and down and forward and back.
The addition of a TFT display isn’t particularly original, as many of Iveco’s competitors have been using them for years, but the computer is nonetheless cleverly designed and offers up a lot of useful information in an accessible format.
Although not the most interesting dashboard visually, the Daily still has some solid storage solutions and other neat features. There are twin-lidded compartments over the instrument cluster and passenger side of the dashboard, whereas the versatile middle section is handy for storing paperwork. Despite the glovebox being on the smaller size, there is a functional shelf above it, and three tiers of storage areas in the doors. The angled cupholders are lacking in practicality, however, and it feels as though it’s all too easy for your fresh cup of coffee to get spilled. As well as underseat storage, the middle seat back can be specced, with a fold out desk space that cantilevers outwards.
The seats have sculpted backs and are quite comfortable, with a nice adjustment range for the driver. The base on the passenger side feels a little too firm and unyielding, however.
The Hi-Connect infotainment option and the Business Up app demonstrates Iveco’s commitment to innovation. The Hi-Connect includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the app allows you to sync your van with a smartphone or tablet – providing you with driving advice or helping you to find the best route.
It’s easily the largest panel van on the market
Alternative fuel choices are available
Unmatched heavy payload
The interior could be improved
It’s not as nice to drive as some of its rivals
It’s relatively costly to run
The Iveco Daily is certainly an impressive vehicle – especially if your requirements range beyond a 3.5 tonne gross vehicle weight. When comparing HGVs, the Daily’s closest rivals tend to be light trucks over large vans. However, since it still maintains the sizing and driving position of a van, the Daily has the potential to be far more city-friendly.
The Daily’s structure also yields some enormous body variants, particularly when it comes to length. If you’re looking to maximise space to carry extremely heavy payloads, the Iveco Daily is definitely an option worth considering. Due to the separate chassis, it’s also very capable of heavy-duty towing, too.
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